Beshear Appoints Jones as Appeals Court Judge for Northern Kentucky

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Allison Emerson Jones to the Kentucky Court of Appeals’ 6th Appellate District, Division 1 to fill the seat vacated by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller. Judge Jones was sworn in on July 12, 2013 in Frankfort at the Kentucky Court of Appeals main office by Chief Judge Glen Acree. A formal investiture is being planned for early September at the Campbell County Judicial Center, where Judge Jones will locate her judicial chambers.
 
Jones of Prospect, was one of three nominees announced earlier this month that included Mary Kathleen Molloy of Crescent Springs, and Justin Aaron Sanders of Fort Wright as nominees. 
 
The Kentucky Court of Appeals’ 6th Appellate District, Division 1 encompasses the following twenty-one counties: Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.
 
Following her swearing-in, Judge Jones issued the following statement:
 
“I am honored to accept the Governor Steve Beshear’s appointment as Judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals’ 6th Appellate District, Division 1. I am humbled by the confidence of the Governor, Chief Justice John Minton and the bipartisan judicial nominating commission who have entrusted me with this very important responsibility to serve our Commonwealth on its second highest court.
 
Our justice system rests upon the foundation of a fair and independent judiciary. Ideologues, politicians and policy makers have no place in our judicial system. I pledge to follow the lead of my judicial mentor, federal Judge 
John G. Heyburn II, to keep politics out of the courtroom so that justice can find its way back in. 
 
My judicial decisions will be grounded in the Constitution based upon the facts and the law. Nothing else. From Oldham County to Bath County, to Campbell, Kenton and Boone –and everywhere in between—I look forward to serving all citizens of the Commonwealth regardless of race, gender, political party or geography.”
 
Prior to serving on the Court of Appeals, Judge Jones presided over workers’ compensation claims as an administrative law judge for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She also served as a staff attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky for more than five years. She was also a former law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky. Before her judicial service in federal and state courts, Judge Jones practiced at Stites & Harbison PLLC, the oldest law firm in Kentucky, where she specialized in complex business litigation and intellectual property matters. Immediately after graduating from law school, Judge Jones practiced at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, Calif., as an intellectual property litigation attorney.
 
Judge Jones earned her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. She was elected to the Order of the Coif, an organization reserved for students ranked in the top 10 percent of their class at the time of graduation. She was a member of the Kentucky Law Review, the Moot Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Team. Judge Jones was a distinguished law student who
earned the top grade in numerous law school classes.
 
She received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University where she also graduated with magna cum laude honors. Judge Jones has a keen interest in technological innovation in the judicial system. Prior to her service on the Court of Appeals, she was a member of the Technology and Electronic Case Management/Filing Committee for the Department of Workers’ Claims. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association.
 
In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Jones is a dedicated mother who focuses her community service on children’s and family issues. She founded and led a Girl Scout troop at her daughter’s school and has organized and led several community service projects, such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure School Pink-Out Day and a clothing and toy drive for children in Appalachia. Prior to her judicial service, Judge Jones was a volunteer advocate for victims of domestic violence. Judge Jones and her husband, Lawrence, are the proud parents of Riley, 8, and Reed, 5.

Source: news release

Photo: Judge Jones sworn in/provided