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Sara Zeurcher Appointed as CTB West Directing Attorney

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Sara Zeurcher has been appointed as Directing Attorney of the Capital Trial Branch West. Sara joined DPA in 2010 as an attorney in the Richmond office.  She spent eight great years there before joining CTB West in October of 2018.  Originally from Illinois, Sara completed her undergraduate work at Butler University before attending Wake Forest School of Law.  She then moved to Kentucky to pursue a career with DPA.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. 


Andrea Kendall Appointed as CTB East Directing Attorney

The Public Advcoate is pleased to announce that Andrea M. Kendall has been appointed as the Directing Attorney of the Capital Trial Branch East. Andrea joined DPA as a Public Defender Corps Fellow in the Boone Trial Office in 2011. She also worked in the Newport Trial Office before joining CTB-East in 2017. Andrea completed the Gideon’s Promise Core 101 training program in 2014 and returned in 2018 to mentor young lawyers. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Andrea graduated from Ohio State University and Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining DPA, Andrea and her husband Ray Ibarra worked as a public defenders in Montgomery County, Maryland and Santa Barbara County, California. Andrea’s time is spent foster parenting an energetic toddler. Previous hobbies included visiting National Parks, watching classic films, and playing board games.  


Shane Beaubien Appointed as Justice Program Supervisor for Investigative Services

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Shane Beaubien has been appointed as Justice Program Supervisor for Investigative Services within Law Operations. Shane is a 2001 graduate of Murray State University, making him the first in his family to graduate from college.  During his time at Murray State, Shane was introduced to DPA as an intern in the Hopkinsville Trial Office, an experience which caused Shane to switch career paths. Shane joined DPA in August of 2002 as the first investigator in the newly formed Murray Trial Office. During his time in Murray, in addition to investigating cases on behalf of our clients, Shane coordinated the internship program with Murray State University, and served as a coach and coordinator with the Graves County Teen Court Program. In 2009, Shane received the Department of Public Advocacy's Rosa Parks Award for courageous investigation on behalf of our clients. For the past 10 years, Shane has trained on investigative methodology through DPA and NAPD. 


Neil Borders Appointed to Prestonsburg Directing Attorney Position

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Neil Borders has been appointed as Directing Attorney of the Prestonsburg Trial Office. Neil received his Bachelor’s Degree from Morehead State University and his law degree from the Appalachian School of Law. While waiting on his bar exam results, Neil accepted a position with DPA in the Pikeville Trial Office as a law clerk and transitioned to a staff attorney once he received his bar exam results, and has been there ever since.