Ellie Kerstetter,
Ellie Kerstetter

Ellie Kerstetter, a 2000 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, made history on January 30, 2020, when she was sworn in as Kentucky’s first Latina judge.

“The idea behind that is that I can inspire other young girls and boys to go to law school and become a judge,” Kerstetter told WDRB.

Kerstetter was sworn into Jefferson County Family Court by another Louisville Law alumna: Denise Clayton, chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (Class of 1976).

Kerstetter was appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear and replaces Judge Deborah Deweese, who retired before the end of her term. She will run for election in November 2020.

Bethany Daily
Bethany Daily is the director of communications for the Brandeis School of Law. She is responsible for both external and internal communications geared toward a variety of audiences, including faculty and staff, students, alumni and prospective students. Before coming to Brandeis, Daily was the associate editor at Louisville Business First, a weekly business journal. In that role, she was responsible for special publications and managed awards and recognition programs. Daily also has worked at the national headquarters of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the communications department.