In a first, three women are on the Kentucky Supreme Court

jbrammer@herald-leader.comMay 14, 2013 

State Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, congratulated new Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller, right, on Tuesday.

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— For the first time, three female justices sit on Kentucky's highest court.

Former Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell was invested Tuesday as the fifth woman ever to serve on the Kentucky Supreme Court and the third currently on the seven-member court.

During a crowded ceremony in the Supreme Court chambers, Gov. Steve Beshear called Keller "a woman for all seasons."

Beshear appointed Keller as justice of the 6th Supreme Court District to replace Wil Schroeder of Fort Mitchell, who resigned in January to deal with a brain tumor.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green administered the constitutional oath of office to Keller as she placed her hand on a Bible held by her father, Richard Meier of Fort Thomas.

Keller is the first alumnus of Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law to serve on the state's high court. She also maintains an active license as a registered nurse.

Keller practiced law for 17 years before her election in 2006 to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

She has been an assistant county prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Her practice concentrated on family law, personal injury and medical negligence defense.

Keller also is chairwoman of the court system's Technology Governance Committee and is chairwoman emeritus of the state Personnel Board.

Keller and her husband, James Keller, a physician, have two children, Olivia and Brenna.

The other sitting Supreme Court justices are Mary C. Noble of Jessamine County, Lisabeth Hughes Abramson of Louisville, Will T. Scott of Pikeville, Daniel J. Venters of Somerset and Bill Cunningham of Kuttawa.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

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