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Jessica Schulte Named Directing Attorney of DPA's Danville Trial Office

The Trial Division would like to announce the promotion of Jessica Schulte.  The Public Advocate selected Jessica, most recently of our Elizabethtown Office and a Staff Attorney III, to lead the Danville Office.  I have attached her bio and pic for those of you who may not know Jessica.  She begins work in Danville on May 1. Welcome to the Southern Region Jessica!

Jessica Schulte graduated magna cum laude from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University in 2007 and from Wake Forest Law School in 2010. She is also a twelve-year veteran of the United States Army Reserves. She began her career with the Department of Public Advocacy in 2010 as a law clerk in the LaGrange Trial Office. She worked in the LaGrange Office for almost five years covering Oldham, Henry, Trimble, and Shelby County Courts. In 2015, Jessica moved to the Elizabethtown Trial Office where she has worked in Hardin and Meade Circuit Courts for the last three years. Jessica is an instructor for the Kentucky Public Defender College Juvenile Training program. In her free time, Jessica enjoys running and NASCAR


Thanks to the Veterans Working for DPA’s Clients

In this month of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, we are thankful for and to the veterans who have served our country and now serve our clients in DPA.  Twenty-seven DPA employees have either served in the military in the past or currently serve in the reserves.  They are an invaluable resource in their dedication to public service and in their ability to relate to our clients who are veterans.  Today, we want to honor these men and women who have given so much to the United States and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
  • Rodney Barnes – Bluegrass Region Manager
  • Greg Berry – Supervisor, Glasgow
  • Jacob Buchanan – Investigator, Elizabethtown
  • Kieran Comer – Supervisor, Frankfort Post-Conviction
  • Russ Crusott – Attorney, Elizabethtown
  • Lee Davis – Attorney, Elizabethtown
  • Jimmer Dudley – Investigator, Kentucky Innocence Project
  • Barbara Fletcher – Alternative Sentencing Worker, Elizabethtown
  • Sean Goddard – Fiscal Branch, Law Operations
  • Holly Harrison Hawkins – Investigator, Frankfort Post-Conviction
  • Robin Irwin – Attorney, Paducah
  • Taylor Lansdale – Attorney, Morehead
  • Jim Martin – Investigator, LaGrange Trial Office
  • Glenn McClister – Attorney, Education Branch
  • Tina Mills – Alternative Sentencing Worker, Bell County
  • Chad Nelson – Attorney, Hopkinsville
  • Barbara Owens – Attorney, Elizabethtown
  • Joshua Powell – Investigator, Capital Trial Branch East
  • Shannon Powers – Attorney, Henderson
  • David Rainey – Attorney, Elizabethtown
  • Rick Sanborn – Attorney, Hopkinsville
  • Jessica Schulte – Attorney, Elizabethtown
  • Sheila Stoffel – Attorney, Hazard
  • John Straub – Attorney, Paducah
  • Tiffany Taylor – Alternative Sentencing Worker, Maysville
  • Ramon Wilson – Investigator, Hopkinsville
…and one other who requested not to be listed.


Traci Hancock Named DPA’s Eastern Regional Manager

Longtime Pikeville Directing Attorney Traci Hancock has been appointed Eastern Regional Manager for DPA, covering the geographic area from Pike and Martin Counties to Whitley and Laurel Counties.  She will be oversee six DPA offices – Bell County (Pineville), London, Harlan, Hazard, Pikeville, and Prestonsburg.

From Glenda Edwards, Trial Division Director: 
Traci grew up in Pikeville, and she went away long enough to receive a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehead State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Of her time at UT, Traci says the best thing about UT was meeting her wonderful husband, Wayne, and the worst thing about UT was hearing Rocky Top 5 million times a day.  Traci and Wayne have two children – Trey, 12 years old, and Harper, 4 years old.  The family has two dogs and two cats.  Traci hates clowns—seriously hates clowns-- and loves the Kentucky Wildcats and anything Hello Kitty.   Traci came back to Pikeville and began work with DPA in August of 2000 as a staff attorney and juvenile specialist.  The Public Advocate awarded her the In Re Gault in 2004.  In January of 2006, she became Directing Attorney of the Pikeville Office.  Along the way, she has worked hard to shut down a secret drug court and stop such practices as taking all kids to detention if cited for a drug offense.  Traci has represented clients at all stages—status offense cases to capital murder.  Traci is a member of KBA, KACDL, and Pikeville Rotary Club.  

Traci replaces Roger Gibbs, who retired after almost twenty years as the regional manager.