Michelle M. Keller

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Michelle Meier Keller (born 1960) is an American judge and lawyer, who has been a justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court since 2013.[1]

Keller was born and raised in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.[2] She attended Northern Kentucky University, where she completed an associate's degree in nursing in 1980, a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985, and a law degree in 1990, at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.[1]

Keller worked in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer, and as an assistant county prosecutor.[3] She was elected as a state judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals for the 6th appellate district in November 2006, defeating rival Owen Kennedy by 63% to 37%.[4]

The Governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear appointed Keller to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in April 2013, to replace retired justice Wilfrid Schroder.[2] Keller represents the 6th Supreme Court district, which covers 21 counties in Northern Kentucky.[2] She was re-elected to a new eight-year term in November 2014, defeating challenger Teresa Cunningham by 58% to 42%.[5][6] Her current term expires on January 1, 2023.

The honors Keller has received include a Donated Legal Services Award from the Kentucky Bar Association in 2009, for her pro bono work, and a Richard D. Lawrence Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Kentucky Bar Association in 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Justice Michelle M. Keller". Kentucky Court of Justice. Commonwealth of Kentucky. 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Mugrave, Beth (April 3, 2013). "Judge Michelle Keller to become third female justice on Kentucky Supreme Court". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington, Kentucky. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kroeger, Laura (August 31, 2015). "Spotlight on Women: A conversation with Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller". Northern Kentucky Tribune. Edgewood, Kentucky. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Report of "Official" Election Night Tally Results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. Commonwealth of Kentucky. December 1, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ Wartman, Scott (October 27, 2017). "Abortion issue heats up Supreme Court race". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ Grimes, Alison (November 2014). "Official 2014 General Election Results" (PDF). Kentucky Secretary of State. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved September 23, 2017.