My Reaction to Criticism of Judge Olu Stevens

My Reaction to Criticism of Judge Olu Stevens

While working at the Public Defender’s office, many of my adult circuit cases landed in Circuit Division 6, presided over by Judge Olu Stevens. I still remember my first time in Judge Stevens’ courtroom. He had his deputy sheriff come over to me and ask for my name so that he could avoid having to ask who I was in front of my client.…
What to Expect in the Jefferson County Court System

What to Expect in the Jefferson County Court System

As an attorney who practices in Jefferson County, I often forget how intimidating a trip to the courthouse can be to newcomers. I think people experience anxiety because they aren’t sure exactly what to expect in our local court system. I’ve decided to create a series of blog posts letting people know what to expect in Jefferson County based on my experience. I plan…
Should Gender Be a Factor When Selecting a Divorce Attorney?

Should Gender Be a Factor When Selecting a Divorce Attorney?

We frequently get calls from potential clients seeking a female divorce attorney. When asked why they are seeking a female divorce attorney, potential clients offer a variety of answers ranging from: “family court is a female realm”, “the family court judges prefer female attorneys”, and my favorite, “I’ve heard female attorneys will fight more aggressively”. Which begs the question—should gender be a factor when…
Punished at the Polls

Punished at the Polls

An article discussing the political prospects of public defenders and private defense counsel has been making its way around Facebook in the last few days.(Check it out here.) It outlines the problems that defense attorneys face when running for public office. Unfortunately, it seems that party opponents and political action committees are pouncing on the stigma associated with earning a living providing the accused…
Welcome Molly Robertson!

Welcome Molly Robertson!

Kellner Green is pleased to welcome Molly Robertson as our summer law clerk. A native of Louisville, Molly attended Ballard High School. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in Communication. While at UofL, Molly was a elected to both the Dean's list and the Dean's Scholars, as well as a participant in the Honors Program. Currently, Molly is…
Adopt the “Long View” in Divorce

Adopt the “Long View” in Divorce

This weekend, my family and I watched my youngest sister graduate from college. It was a wonderful day and I am so proud of her accomplishment. The commencement speaker, Matthew Kelly, is a motivational speaker who discussed adopting the “long view” with the recent graduates. He discussed how as individuals and as a society, we are increasingly focused on the here and now when…
Inadequate Jail Conditions — A Reflection of the Louisville Community?

Inadequate Jail Conditions — A Reflection of the Louisville Community?

While representing incarcerated individuals, I frequently find frustration in the treatment of people at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC). Pope John Paul II, among others, has said that a society is judged on how it treats its weakest members. Traditionally, we think of children and the elderly as being the weakest among us. Yet, we often overlook the prison population. Inmates in our…
Give Felons The Opportunity to Invest in their Communities Again

Give Felons The Opportunity to Invest in their Communities Again

As a lover of politics and the legislative process, I have been following closely several bills this legislative session. Perhaps, none so closely as Rep. Jesse Crenshaw’s bill to restore rights to our Commonwealth’s citizens who are convicted felons. Sadly, for those of us who are in support of this bill, it looks like it will not see passage in this year’s legislative session.…
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