Commission announces nominees for Jefferson County family, district court judgeships

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The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill upcoming vacancies in Jefferson Family Court and District Court.

Jefferson County is the 30th Judicial Circuit/District and the vacancies are in the circuit’s 10th Division-Family Court and the district’s 9th Division.

Family Court Judgeship

The three nominees for the circuit judgeship are attorneys Ellie Garcia Kerstetter of Audubon Park, Shelley Montgomery Santry of Louisville and Derwin Lamont Webb of Louisville.

Kerstetter has her own law practice. Prior to becoming an attorney, she gained more than 23 years of experience in business, management and real estate. She received her juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Santry is an associate law professor and clinical director at the Ackerson Law Clinic at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She is also a guardian ad litem in Jefferson County. She previously served as an assistant prosecutor for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. She received her juris doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Webb has his own law practice. He also serves as a court-appointed attorney in Jefferson Family Court and as a part-time public defender in Indiana. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

The Family Court judicial seat will become vacant when Judge Paula F. Sherlock retires Sept. 17.

District Court Judgeship

The three nominees for the district judgeship are attorneys Daniel Michael Alvarez, Andre Leon Bergeron and Tanisha Ann Hickerson, all of Louisville.

Alvarez has his own law practice and previously served as a Jefferson County public defender. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Bergeron is an assistant prosecutor for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and is the office’s division chief, overseeing felony and misdemeanor cases. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Hickerson is a partner in the law firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer. She received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

The District Court judicial seat will become vacant when Judge David L. Holton II retires Sept. 30.

From Administrative Office of the Courts

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