Julie Kaelin is a Judge for the people. She fights to bring transparency, equity, progress, and common sense to Jefferson County courts, and can show real data that proves she is making a difference. She is the only candidate in the Division Four race with experience in both criminal and civil practice in Circuit Court, and the only candidate who has been a Judge.


Her first job out of law school was as a personal injury lawyer. She then went on to serve as a Public Defender for five years, before leaving to open her own private firm. She has worked on mass tort litigation and other business law. She taught trial practice to law students and other lawyers and also represented lawyers throughout Kentucky who were facing contempt charges. She piloted pro bono felony expungement efforts, personally clearing the records of hundreds of Louisvillians, and authored an expungement guidebook for lawyers that is still in use today. After 13 years as an attorney, she ran for District Judge in 2018 and beat the incumbent 63% to 37%.

Julie has the diverse experience necessary for Circuit Court, including having handled multiple death penalty cases. She is the only candidate in this race with criminal, civil, probate, business, and judicial experience. The choice is clear: elect Judge Julie for Circuit Court 4.