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Post-Conviction Branch Manager Named

Sam Potter Named New Post-Conviction Branch Manager

On September 24, the Department of Public Advocacy announced that Sam Potter has been named as the new Post-Conviction Branch Manager.  

Sam graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in economics and received his J.D. from Brandeis Law School at the University of Louisville in 2003.  He joined DPA in 2003 as a staff attorney in the Appeals Branch.  As an Appeals attorney, Sam has been responsible for a number of important published appellate victories, including Grady v. Commonwealth, 325 S.W.3d 333 (Ky. 2010)(holding that Sam’s client had not adequately waived counsel and had been denied his right to testify at his suppression hearing); Commonwealth v. Nash, 338 S.W.3d 264 (Ky. 2011)(finding that the sex offender registry did not apply to an offender who was released from custody prior to the enactment of the registry statute);  Commonwealth v. Tapp, 497 S.W.3d 239 (Ky. 2016)(reversing a probation revocation because the trial court failed to extend probation and thus lost jurisdiction), and many more.  Through this period Sam has developed a reputation as an excellent advocate, both orally and in writing, and as an effective counselor for clients who have had challenges in relationships with other attorneys. 
 
In 2011, Sam took on additional responsibility, becoming a Supervisor in the Appeals Branch.  There, too, Sam has excelled, developing the attorneys in his unit to be some of the most effective appellate advocates in Kentucky.
 
DPA is proud to have a proven leader and advocate like Sam leading the Post-Conviction Branch.