Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Stacie Blain, Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk Loretta Crady, LaRue County Circuit Court Clerk Emily N. Ernst and Meade County Circuit Court Clerk Ellen F. Lindsey participated in sessions on implicit bias, organ donation and court security to protect the public at the 2019 Circuit Court Clerks Spring Conference. The conference was May 12 through 14 in Lexington.

The Rev. Edward L. Palmer Sr. of Radcliff presented the session on implicit bias to help circuit clerks identify and address personal and systemic biases.

Implicit bias refers to stereotypes and attitudes about race, gender and other traits that affect how a person views and makes decisions regarding others. Palmer is a certified diversity trainer.

Shelley Snyder, executive director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life, thanked the circuit clerks for their efforts to make residents aware of the organ donor/tissue registry when they visit the office to receive a driver’s license or ID.

Trust For Life announced May 13 at a news conference that 2 million residents are on the registry. Residents can register at their local circuit clerk’s office or online at

The session on court security covered best practices for the circuit clerks to follow in helping keep judicial centers safe for the public, elected officials and court employees.

Chief Justice of Ken­tucky John D. Minton Jr. and Director Laurie K. Dudgeon of the Administrative Office of the Courts met with circuit clerks for a question-and-answer session. The conference also included sessions on case appeals, court technology and new legislation from the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.

The Kentucky Ass­ociation of Circuit Court Clerks and the AOC Division of Edu­cation Services provided the conference for the state’s circuit court clerks. The event offered continuing education credit for the circuit clerks.