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Pikeville & Madisonville Announce New Leaders

New DPA Leaders Named in Pikeville and Madisonville
The Department of Public Advocacy is pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders in defender trial offices.   Garland Arnett has been named the Directing Attorney in the DPA Pikeville Trial Office and James Chamberlain has been named the Directing Attorney in the DPA Madisonville Trial Office.

Garland Arnett graduated from Belmont College with a Bachelors in Business Administration degree in Music Business and received his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law.  He had his own private law practice from 1995 until 2012 when he joined DPA as a Staff Attorney in the Prestonsburg Trial Office.  While in Prestonsburg, he has represented clients in misdemeanor and felony cases, primarily in Martin and Johnson Counties.  Garland lives in Pikeville with his wife Julie, who is also an attorney.  


James Chamberlain graduated summa cum laude from Murray State University and received his law degree from the University of Kentucky Law School.  After graduating law school, he worked as a law clerk and then a staff attorney with Hopkins Circuit Court Judge James Brantley.  He began his career with the Department of Public Advocacy in 2014 as a staff attorney in the Hopkinsville Trial Office.  After more than two years covering District and Circuit court in Christian County, James moved to the Madisonville Trial Office where he has worked in Muhlenberg and Hopkins County. In his free time, James works with church youth groups and with charity organizations in the Hopkins County community.


Both new leaders will serve clients and the Commonwealth well.