By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT –For the first time in Kentucky’s history, three female justices will serve simultaneously on the state’s highest court.
Former Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Ft. Mitchell was formally invested Tuesday as the fifth woman ever to serve on the Kentucky Supreme Court and the third currently serving on the seven-member court.
In a ceremony in the crowded Supreme Court chambers in the Capitol, Gov. Steve Beshear called Keller “a woman for all seasons.”
Beshear appointed Keller as justice of the 6th Supreme Court District to replace Wil Schroeder of Ft. Mitchell, who resigned in January to deal with a brain tumor.
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green administered the constitutional oath of office to Keller as she placed her hand on a Bible held by her father, Richard Meier of Ft. Thomas.
Keller is the first alumnus of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to serve on the state Supreme Court. She maintains an active license as a registered nurse.
Before her election in 2006 to the Court of Appeals, Keller practiced law for 17 years.
She has been an assistant county prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Her
practice concentrated on family law, personal injury and medical negligence defense.
Keller also is chair of the court system’s Technology Governance Committee and is chairwoman emeritus of the state Personnel Board.
Keller and her husband, James Keller, a physician, have two children, Olivia and Brenna.
The other sitting Supreme Court justices are Mary C. Noble of Jessamine County, Lisabeth Hughes Abramson of Louisville, Will T. Scott of Pikeville, Daniel J. Venters of Somerset and Bill Cunningham of Kuttawa.
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