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Judicial Nominating Commission names nominees for Fayette County Family, District Court judgships

The Judicial Nominating Commission has announced nominees to fill two upcoming judicial vacancies in Fayette County. The vacancies will be in the 22nd Circuit’s Division 1-Family Court and Division 3-General Jurisdiction Circuit Court. The seats will become vacant Dec. 31 with the retirements of Family Court Judge Timothy N. Philpot and Circuit Court Judge James D. Ishmael.

Nominees for Family Court Judgeship

The three nominees for the Family Court judgeship are attorneys Carl D. Devine, Elizabeth “Libby” Green Messer and Eileen Mary O’Brien, all of Lexington. They each received their juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Devine practices law with the firm of Miller, Griffin & Marks, where he focuses on domestic relations law.

Messer is the lead prosecutor for the Juvenile Division of the Fayette County Attorney’s Office.

O’Brien is a member with the firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden, where she handles family law, general civil litigation and mediation.

Family Court is a division of Circuit Court and has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues, including divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses.

Nominees for Circuit Court Judgeship

The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Todd Smith Page, John Edward Reynolds and Lucy Anne Ferguson VanMeter, all of Lexington. They each received their juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Page is a member with the firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden, where he focuses on civil litigation.

Reynolds is a solo practitioner and handles cases involving civil litigation, criminal defense, family law, probate and personal injury.

VanMeter is a member with the firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden, where she focuses on civil litigation, and is president of the Fayette County Bar Association.

Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases.

From Administrative Office of the Courts

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