Northern Kentucky appeals judge appointed to Kentucky Supreme Court

04/03/2013 11:29 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that he appointed Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to the Kentucky Supreme Court to replace Justice Wil Schroder, who resigned in January.

Keller was first elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in the 6th appeals district in November 2006. She practiced law for 17 years before moving the bench and is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Keller’s appointment means the state’s highest court will have three women — a first in Kentucky history, according to the governor’s office.

“Judge Keller brings a wealth of varied experience to the position of Supreme Court justice and has excellent qualifications,” Beshear said in the release.

Schroder resigned in January after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Schroder had served on the state’s highest court since 2006.

“I have the deepest respect and fondness for Justice Wil Schroder. Therefore, this is a bittersweet moment for me,” Keller said in the release. “I am very grateful to Gov. Beshear and I am humbled by his confidence, as well as the confidence and support of so many people in my district and beyond. I will work hard to provide justice to my fellow Kentuckians and continue the fine legacy of Justice Schroder.”

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