FBT attorney completes program for emerging leaders

This spring, Emily McKinney, a managing associate who focuses on environmental law, completed the Leadership Louisville Center’s seven-month Ignite Louisville program. Geared toward civic-minded young professionals, Ignite Louisville primes participants to take on increasingly significant leadership roles within their organizations and as board members for local nonprofits.

Over the course of several months, Emily and her fellow participants took part in leadership development training orchestrated by the program’s corporate sponsors. They then had the opportunity to turn this training to account during the program’s service-learning component – the Yum! Ignite Louisville Challenge – which pairs teams of 7-8 with an area nonprofit to assist with ongoing projects and develop new impact initiatives. 

For this year’s challenge, Emily’s team, LiveLoveLou, partnered with the Louisville Urban League, an organization that provides employment training and resources. LiveLoveLou sought to address a common barrier to finding and maintaining a job – that is, limited or unreliable access to transportation resources. To right this imbalance, LiveLoveLou created Drive!, a structured transportation support program which enables caseworkers to create individualized transportation plans for their clients, while providing additional “bridge” resources to facilitate the transition to vehicle ownership.

In addition to Drive!, LiveLoveLou laid the foundation for pilot projects with Goodwill Cars to Work and Ticket to Ride; developed an interactive website to serve as a library for housing transportation research, resources, and best practices; and formed a transportation committee, including members of LiveLoveLou, to oversee the ongoing success of these initiatives.

As a member of the Spring 2018 graduating class, Emily is the ninth Frost Brown Todd attorney to become an Ignite Louisville program alum. On behalf of the firm, Emily assists clients with a wide array of environmental permitting matters, regulatory compliance counseling, enforcement defense, civil and administrative environmental litigation, and transactional matters involving contaminated property.