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Laura K.pngLaura Karem Named JPDB Supervisor

DPA is pleased to announce that Laura Karem has been named the Department of Public Advocacy, Juvenile Post Disposition Branch Supervisor. Laura started her career in the DPA Bell County Trial office, where she soon became the juvenile specialist in her office. In that position, she brought tremendous change benefiting child clients. Following her successful stint as the juvenile specialist, Laura was appointed as the original directing attorney of the DPA Harlan Trial office. While in Harlan she had a broad practice in adult and juvenile cases, and continues to represent a client charged with murder. During her time in Harlan she was awarded the Eastern Region's Against All Odds Award, Walker Award, and Toddler Award for her successes in a number of challenging adult and juvenile cases. Laura joined the Juvenile Post Disposition Branch in 2016, where she successfully navigated complicated facilities and assignments. One of the hallmarks of Laura's career is that she consistently finds a way to get great results in cases that present unique issues. Laura will continue to guide our agency in excellent representation of juvenile clients in her new leadership position.


Jessica Beard Named LaGrange Trial Office Directing Attorney

The Trial Division is pleased to announce that the Public Advocate has appointed Jessica Beard to the LaGrange Trial Office position of Directing Attorney. Jessica Beard graduated from Transylvania University in 2011, and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2014. Jessica began working for the Department of Public Advocacy as an intern for the Capital Trial Branch in the summer of 2012, and worked for the Lexington Trial Office the following summer. She joined the LaGrange Trial Office upon graduation, representing clients in Henry, Trimble, and Oldham counties. Jessica resides in LaGrange with her husband, their three dogs and a cat. In her free time, Jessica enjoys Crossfit and volunteering with the local humane society.


Cynthia Gale Rose Named Cynthiana Trial Office Directing Attorney

Gale Rose has been appointed as the new Directing Attorney of the Cynthiana Trial Office. Cynthia represented indigent clients on a DPA conflict contract while in private practice. After realizing that the clients and cases she enjoyed the most were from DPA, she applied to and joined the Cynthiana Trial Office in May 2015. Gale has represented indigent clients in all three states where she holds a license—Kentucky, Illinois, and Oklahoma. She formerly served as the Commonwealth Attorney in the 42nd Judicial Circuit. Her knowledge and experience have served her clients and the Cynthiana Trial Office well.

Gale completed her Juris Doctorate at Southern Illinois University School of Law, graduating on her 37th birthday. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University. Gale lives in Lexington and is the mother of three, the grandmother of three, and a great-grandmother.