James E. Keller

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James E. Keller
Supreme Court of Kentucky
In office
Personal details
Born (1942-08-13)August 13, 1942
Harlan, Kentucky
Died June 2, 2014(2014-06-02) (aged 71)
Lexington, Kentucky
Alma mater University of Kentucky College of Law

James E. Keller (August 13, 1942 – June 2, 2014) was an American judge born in Harlan, Kentucky,[1] whose judicial career was centered in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. In 1966, he graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law before entering into private practice from 1969 until 1976.

He was elected to serve as a circuit court judge in Fayette County where he served as chief judge for more than twenty years. In 1999, Keller was appointed to the Kentucky Supreme Court. He retained the seat in a subsequent election.

A 2005 inductee to the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame, Justice Keller retired from the Court in 2006.[2]

In 2006, he again ran for elected office as a Democrat against State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr. Justice Keller garnered 43.4% of the vote against the incumbent. He died of cancer in 2014.[3][4]