Jefferson County, Kentucky, District Court Judge, 2019 - present
Preside over traffic, misdemeanor, and felony criminal cases, to include jury trials, bench trials, probable cause hearings, arraignments, and other criminal proceedings.
Preside over various other District Court jurisdictional matters, such as Evictions, Small Claims, Probate, Juvenile, Interpersonal Protective Order, Disability, and Mental Inquest (and also perform marriages as needed).
Perform judiciary duties when on-call such as setting bonds, reviewing search, arrest, and mental inquest warrants, as well as Emergency Custody and Emergency Protective Orders.
Attend community meetings, listening sessions, and other organizational brainstorming or planning discussions to improve the operation of the Courts.
Faulkner Kaelin Law Office, Owner/Partner, 2010 - 2019
Represented individuals charged with crimes ranging from simple traffic citations to Capital Murder, up through and including trial to a jury and, in some cases, appeals.
Served as conflict counsel for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy and the Louisville Metro Public Defender, and as a CJA Panel attorney for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky and Southern District of Indiana.
Served as counsel in specialty cases on the basis of need for unique litigation, i.e. cases where judicial recusal is sought, or unique or extraneous litigation is needed.
Filed and argued writs as necessary during active litigation, including to the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2013 - 2015
Taught law school trial advocacy course to 2Ls and 3Ls covering all aspects of trial practice, including motions practice, negotiation, and detailed instruction on actual jury trial procedure and practices including a mock trial inside the Jefferson County Hall of Justice.
Louisville Metro Public Defender, Staff Attorney, 2006 – 2010
Represented indigent individuals accused of crimes ranging from minor traffic offenses to Class A felonies (including murder cases in which the Commonwealth did not seek the death penalty.
Conducted legal research and wrote motions, trial briefs and appellate briefs.
Law Office of Karl Truman, Attorney, 2005 – 2006
Conducted depositions, wrote and argued motions, appeared in court, met with injured clients, and reviewed medical records as needed in evaluating and litigating personal injury claims.
Hillerich & Bradsby Co., 2003 – 2005 and 2010 – 2014
Served as law clerk, and later “of counsel,” specifically focusing on mass tort litigation involving the speed of batted balls vs. human reaction time.
Coordinated mass tort litigation among law firms handling these cases in multiple jurisdictions.
Researched and assisted in lobbying efforts related to metal baseball bat litigation.
McConnell Technology Training Center, Business Writer, 2002
Wrote every brochure, press release, website post, training manual, and other materials that came from this non-profit focused on computer job training and military cost-savings.
Assisted PR Director at press events, networked with media as needed.
Other Employment Prior to Law School: LG&E (college internship, writing customer newsletter), and Leadership Louisville (college intern, helping as needed)
Kentucky District Judges Association, Member, 2019 - present
* Presenter, 2021 Continuing Judicial Education Seminar, No-Knock Warrants for Judges
National Criminal Defense College, Macon, GA, Faculty Member, July 2018
* taught trial advocacy and evidentiary presentation skills to attorneys from across the United States, including federal and state Public Defenders and private attorneys.
Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2005 - present
* Speaker, 2011 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Small Firm Client Triage – Guidelines to Assist Your Client Until a Specialist is Engaged: Criminal Defense
* Speaker, 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Expanded Expungements: Experts, Explanations, and Experiences
Louisville Bar Association, Member, 2005 - present
* Chair, Public Interest Section, 2015
* Creator, Expungement Clinic, in conjunction with Legal Aid Society
* Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class of 2013
Jail Policy Committee, Member, 2017-2019
* worked with representatives across the spectrum of the Louisville justice system to reduce overcrowding and problem-solve other issues in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 - 2019
* Board Member, 2015 – present
* Award Recipient for Distinguished Service, 2016
Legal Aid Society, Volunteer Evidence and Criminal Law Teacher, New Lawyer Program, 2016 - present
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Barrister Member, 2012-2014
Kentucky Lawyers Guild, Founding Member, 2017 - 2018
Louisville Urban League, Volunteer Expungement Lawyer, 2017 - 2018
Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Program, October, 2019
Traveled to Seattle, WA to attend this week-long conference regarding alternatives to judicial detention and ways for juvenile courts to respond more effectively to the needs of justice-involved families, victims, and organizations.
National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute, July, 2014
Studied trial skills during this intensive, acclaimed two-week program.
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, J.D., May, 2005
Recipient of Carl T. Mann Academic Scholarship.
Formed chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) and served as President.
Served as Class Representative in the Student Bar Association (SBA); created newsletter.
President of the International Law Association (ILA), promoting study abroad and issues of international legal importance, and beginning the Belize Service Project, which still exists today.
Gonzaga Law School, June, 2003
International Legal Studies Program in Florence, Italy, with emphasis on human and women’s rights.
University of Louisville, College of Arts and Sciences, December, 2001
B.A., English (with focus on Communications)
Presentation Academy, Louisville, KY, May, 1997
Other Matters of Note:
Volunteer for: Center for Woman and Families, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Ronald McDonald House, Home of the Innocents, Healing Place, YMCA, and others organizations in and around Louisville.
Citizens for Better Judges
Metro Corrections Officers FOP Lodge 77
Probation and Parole Officers FOP Lodge 32
IBEW Local 369
Metro Louisville Women’s Political Caucus