Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Post Trial Division

The Post Trial Division, led by Timothy G. Arnold, has three branches providing legal representation in state and federal court to clients who face sentences of confinement arising from state juvenile, district and circuit court judgments.

Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  He began his career with DPA in the Juvenile Post  Dispositional Branch (JPDB) in 1996, and served as Manager of JPDB from 2003 to 2008.  He now serves as the Post Trial Division Director.

Appellate Branch

The Appeals Branch initially processes and assigns all direct and post conviction appeals from these state court judgments.

Appellate Branch Manager Kathleen Kallaher Schmidt is a 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School. She worked for the Department of Public Advocacy from 1983 to 1992, first in the Appeals Branch, then as Assistant Director of the Capital Resource Center. She joined her husband, John Schmidt, in private practice in Bullitt County until she rejoined DPA this summer as the Appeals Branch Manager.

Juvenile Post Disposition Branch

The Juvenile Post Disposition Branch represents children in the state’s residential treatment facilities and detention centers both on appeal and on fact, duration or condition of confinement issues.

Post Conviction Branch

The Post Conviction Branch represents clients who are incarcerated in Kentucky prisons on meritorious post conviction challenges to their state court judgments, including those who are factually innocent.



Kentucky Public Defender Cases and the United States Supreme Court

Kentucky Public Defender Cases before the U. S. Supreme Court

Parker v. Matthews, 567 U.S.__,   2012 WL 2076341 (June 11, 2012)

Kentucky v. King, 563 U.S.__, 131 S.Ct. 1849 (2011)

Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010)

Owens v. Kentucky, 129 S.Ct. 2155 (2009)

Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. 35 (2008)

Stanford v. Kentucky, 492 U.S. 361 (1989)

Olden v. Kentucky, 488 U.S. 227 (1988)

Buchanan v. Kentucky, 483 U.S. 402 (1987)

Kentucky v. Stincer, 482 U.S. 730 (1987)

Griffith v. Kentucky, 479 U.S. 314 (1987)

Crane v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 683 (1986)

Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986)

Evitts v. Lucey, 469 U.S. 387 (1985)

James v. Kentucky, 466 US 341 (1984)

Fletcher v. Weir, 455 U.S. 603 (1982)

Carter v. Kentucky, 450 U.S. 288 (1981)

Watkins v. Sowders, 449 U.S. 341 (1981)

Rawlings v. Kentucky, 448 U.S. 98 (1980)

Pilon v. Bordenkircher, 444 U.S. 1 (1979)

Kentucky v. Whorton, 441 U.S. 786 (1979)

Taylor v. Kentucky, 436 U.S. 478 (1978)

Bordenkircher v. Hayes, 434 U.S. 357 (1978)


Last Updated 10/22/2013