Bloomberg Law
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:06 PM

Judge Blasts Kentucky Bar Handling of Lawyer Over Mental Health

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

A federal judge called the Kentucky Bar Association a “bar bureaucracy” and a legal “cartel” after putting an attorney who suffers from bipolar disorder “through the ringer” over three years before granting her a full license to practice law in the state.

Judge Justin R. Walker, of the Louisville-based U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, delivered the sharp criticism in an Aug. 28 decision even though he found the unnamed lawyer didn’t have standing to sue and dismissed the case. The association is immune from suit in this instance.

“The Bar Bureaucracy won this round against an ...