We are pleased to announce Amelia Martin Adams has been named the executive director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund.
Amelia had been an associate with our firm since her admission to the Kentucky bar in 2009, after having previously clerked for us while attending UK College of Law. She is truly an outstanding person, one of those rare individuals who exhibit “the whole package” that just makes them special.
On a daily basis, Amelia demonstrated an amazing ability for someone her age to remain calm under fire and pleasant. We were always impressed with the ways she managed to maintain a balanced personal life with work, while distinguishing herself both as a member of our community and professionally. Building on her cum laude recognition as a graduate of Transylvania University, she served as the production editor for The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law during her studies at UK College of Law, while working. She is one of the most internally-motivated strivers we have ever seen in all the young lawyers we have worked with over the years, and holds herself to the highest standards without being overbearing or annoying to her peers and those who work with her.
Amelia has also been and remains active in numerous community activities. For several years, she volunteered as part of annual activities of the Blue Grass Trust, where she was bestowed with the Betty Hoopes Award in 2011. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, which supports the Mary Todd Lincoln House. In 2013, she organized a tour of our offices for the BGT deTours program. She almost single-handedly put together a brochure and gathered the background historic data about the historical home which serves as our office – the Abraham Stout Barton House. She is a past President of the Junior League of Lexington and the chair of the League’s historic Bodley-Bullock House Headquarters Board, where her contributions to the House earned her the League’s Susan R. Anderson Award in 2014. Amelia has chaired the FCBA Women Lawyers Association, and serves as a member of the Transylvania University Young Alumni Council, and she is a graduate of the Leadership Lexington program in 2011-12.
Amelia was honored to be named the Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Fayette County Bar Association and a Rising Star by the Lexington Young Professionals Association, both in 2014. She is a past president of the Women Lawyers’ Association of the Fayette County Bar Association (FCBA), and she currently serves as a member of the FCBA Board of Directors, and the Transylvania University Young Alumni Council.
Outside of her practice, Adams is an active community volunteer. She has previously served as the president of the Junior League of Lexington and the chair of the League’s historic Bodley-Bullock House Headquarters Board, where her contributions to the House earned her the League’s Susan R. Anderson Award in 2014. She has supported the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, which honored her with the Betty Hoopes Volunteer Service Award in 2011. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, which supports the Mary Todd Lincoln House.
Adams lives in Lexington with her husband, Will, who serves as deputy general counsel to Governor Steve Beshear.