Serves Central Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2017) — The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the vacant Court of Appeals judgeship that serves the 5th Appellate District in Central Kentucky. The vacancy is in the district’s Division 1.
- Pamela R. Goodwine — Goodwine, of Lexington, has served as a Fayette County Circuit Court judge since 2003. She became the chief regional circuit judge for the Fayette Region in January after serving as vice chief regional circuit judge from 2008 to 2016. She received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
- Robert G. Johnson — Johnson, of Georgetown, has served as a Circuit Court judge for Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties since 2005. He has been the chief regional circuit judge for the Bluegrass Region since 2008. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
- Damon Loyd Preston — Preston, of Georgetown, is the state’s deputy public advocate and has served as a public defender in the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy for 23 years. He received his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
There are two Court of Appeals judgeships that serve the 5th Appellate District. The counties in the 5th Appellate District are Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford. The Court of Appeals seat for the district’s Division 1 became vacant after Justice Laurance B. VanMeter was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November.