Michelle Keller

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Michelle M. Keller
Court Information:
Kentucky Supreme Court
Title:   Associate justice
Position:   6th District
Salary:  $136,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Steve Beshear
Active:   2013-2023
Preceded by:   Wil Schroder
Past post:   Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals
Past term:   2006-2013
Past post 2:   Attorney, Arnzen, Wentz, Molloy, Laber and Storm PSC
Personal History
Home state:   Kentucky
Undergraduate:   Northern Kentucky University, 1985
Law School:   Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 1990
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Supreme Court
Position:  6th District
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  58.4%ApprovedA

Michelle M. Keller is an associate justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. She was appointed to this position on April 3, 2013, by Governor Steve Beshear to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Wil Schroder. As the fifth woman ever to serve on the court, she represents Kentucky's Sixth Supreme Court District.[1][2]

Keller ran for re-election to the court in 2014 and was successful in her bid, winning an eight-year term that expires on January 1, 2023.[3][4]



For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Kentucky Supreme Court elections, 2014
See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Keller ran for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
General: She defeated Teresa L. Cunningham in the general election on November 4, 2014, receiving 58.4 percent of the vote.[5][6]


  • Kentucky AFL-CIO[7]


Keller graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1985 with a degree in psychology while working as a nurse. She received her J.D. from the Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, in 1990.[8]


Keller formerly served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 6th Appellate District, after being elected in November of 2006. She served on the court until her appointment to the supreme court. She has also served as a court of appeals representative on the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.[8]

Keller practiced law with the firm Arnzen, Wentz, Molloy, Laber and Storm PSC before her election to the appellate court. She also previously served as an assistant county prosecutor. She is currently an adjunct professor at Xavier University.[8]

In the news

Keller and Cunningham in court over 2014 election results

A month after the Keller won the November 2014 election, her opponent, Teresa L. Cunningham, filed suit alleging that Keller and her campaign supporters harassed her and that the election results should be thrown out. In February 2015, Judge Kathy Lape of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court dismissed the case, finding Cunningham's allegations "absurd" and "not meeting the threshold of fraud, intimidation, bribery or violence required by (state law)."[9] Keller, in return, requested that sanctions be handed down against Cunningham, and that Cunningham pay her attorney's fees in the amount of $19,000.[9]

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