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FRANKFORT, Ky. – An Oldham County resident has been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to serve as Court of Appeals judge for the 6th Appellate District, Division 1.
Allison Jones was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Justice Michelle M. Keller, who had been appointed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in April.
Along with Oldham, the district includes Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.
“Judge Jones comes to the Court of Appeals ready for the important work of the Court,” Beshear said in a news release. “Her previous service as an administrative law judge and her work in federal court positions – as well as in private practice – make her well-qualified to serve the Commonwealth on the appellate court.”
In the same release, Jones said she is honored for the appointment. “The foundation of our justice system rests upon a fair and independent judiciary. My judicial decisions will be grounded in the Constitution and based upon the facts and the law of each case.”
Previously, Jones presided over workers’ compensation claims as an administrative law judge for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She also served as a staff attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky and was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II of the western district.
Before her judicial service in federal and state courts, Jones practiced at Stites and Harbison PLLC in Kentucky, specializing in business litigation and intellectual property matters.
Prior to coming to Kentucky, she practiced law in California.
Jones was sworn into office by Chief Court of Appeals Judge Glenn E. Acree on July 12. A formal investiture is planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Campbell County Courthouse in Newport, where Jones has her chambers.
Jones is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and Transylvania University, earning magna cum laude honors from both institutions. She has been active in community service, including as a volunteer advocate for victims of domestic violence prior to her judicial service.