An appeals court judge has been tapped to fill a vacancy on the Kentucky Supreme Court, a move that gives the high court three female justices among the seven members for the first time ever.
Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday appointed Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to fill the unexpired term of Justice Wil Schroeder.
Keller was elected to the Court of Appeals from the 6th Appellate District in November 2006. Prior to her election she practiced law for 17 years, as both an assistant county prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. She also served as chairwoman of the Kentucky Personnel Board.
Schroeder stepped down in January, saying he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and wanted to spend more time with his family.