Gov. Steve Beshear continues to fulfill his diversity pledge by appointing Brian Edwards, an African-American lawyer to Jefferson Circuit Court. From the Courier-Journal:
Brian Edwards, is currently a sole practitioner who handles criminal and civil cases. He also has taught for the past two years in the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies and served as associate director of its center for the study of crime and justice in black communities.
After Jefferson County’s only two black trial judges retired early this year, the county Commission on Racial Fairness called for Beshear and Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. to “seek out, nominate and appoint qualified African Americans and other minorities to the Kentucky judiciary.”
In July, Beshear named three black judges – Olu Stevens, the immediate past president of the Louisville Bar Association, as a circuit judge, and Sadiqa Reynolds and Erica Lee Williams as district judges.