Commission nominates three for vacant seat on Ky. SC

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 26, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- Kentucky's Judicial Nominating Commission this week sent a list of three nominees to Gov. Steve Beshear to fill a vacant seat on the state's high court.

According to the commission's website, it has nominated Joseph E. Conley Jr, Allison Emerson Jones and Michelle M. Keller.

One of the three will be selected by Beshear to fill Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder's spot on the court.

Schroder announced in January he was retiring due to a brain tumor.

Conley, a partner at the law firm of Raines, Buechel, Conley, Dusing PLLC, also is an adjunct law professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He also served a term as a special assistant attorney general for the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

Jones is an administrative law judge for the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims.

Keller was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006.

Beshear has 60 days to choose from the three nominees. Whoever is selected will serve the remainder of Schroder's term, which runs through Jan. 1, 2015.

Schroder was elected to the state's high court in November 2006 to serve the 6th Supreme Court District.

Prior to that, he served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals for more than 15 years, from 1991 to 2006. He also served as a trial judge on the Kenton District Court for almost eight years, from 1983 to 1991, including one year as a juvenile judge.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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