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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.


Sarah McGaughey Named New Defender Services Branch Manager

Sarah McGaughey has been chosen to lead the Defender Services Branch and Alternative Sentencing Worker Program. Sarah received her B.A. in Social Work from Kentucky State University and a master’s degree from Campbellsville University. Sarah previously worked for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and most recently in the Office of Inspector General. Sarah has experience in conducting investigations regarding high-risk and near-fatality cases. She possesses expertise and experience in mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment and is excited about the challenges her new position will present. Sarah is eager to learn from DPA’s Alternative Sentencing Workers and will offer her talents to continue to improve the ASW program and to assist our clients in obtaining successful outcomes.


Kara Lewis Named LaGrange Post Conviction Branch Supervisor 

Kara Lewis has been appointed as the new Directing Attorney in the DPA La Grange Post-Conviction Office. Kara started her career with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s office in 2001, where she remained until 2003.  After time in private practice and with the Jefferson County Attorney’s office, she returned to public defense with DPA in 2012.  Since then, she was worked in the Bullitt County and Shelbyville trial offices before joining the La Grange Post-Conviction Office this past September.   

During her career with DPA, Kara has had a number of remarkable victories, demonstrating both excellent advocacy and superior negotiating skills. When asked her most memorable case, she described a case she inherited after private counsel had unwittingly pled the client to a charge that required sex offender registration registerable offense.  She was able to get the plea withdrawn and eventually took the case to trial, getting an acquittal on the registrable offense and a low enough sentence on the remaining charges that the client served out almost immediately. 

We are very pleased and proud to add Kara to the Post-Trial Division leadership team.