FRANKFORT, Ky. - A female Fort Mitchell Court of Appeals judge was appointed Wednesday to the Supreme Court of Kentucky by Governor Steve Beshear.
The state will now have three female justices as part of its seven-member court for the first time in history.
Judge Michelle M. Keller will immediately replace Justice Wil Schroder, who retired on Jan. 17 due to health reasons. Schroder was diagnosed with a brain tumor and wanted to spend time with his family, according to a release.
"Judge Keller brings a wealth of varied experience to the position of Supreme Court justice and has excellent qualifications," Gov. Beshear stated in a press release. "I thank Justice Schroder for his long career of judicial service. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with him and his family."
Keller, a Northern Kentucky University graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, practiced law for 17 years before she was elected to the Court of Appeals from the 6th Appellate District in 2006. She has also served as chairwoman of the Kentucky Personnel Board.
"I have the deepest respect and fondness for Justice Wil Schroder. Therefore, this is a bittersweet moment for me," said Judge Keller in a 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."
As a result of Keller's appointment, a commission will submit three names to Gov. Beshear , who will appoint her replacement on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
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