Start Date: 6/30/2021 12:15 AM EDT
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A KACDL MISSION FOCUSED WEBINAR: The Grand Jury Process: How Does It Really Work?
Facilitated by KACDL Board Members Whitney True Lawson and Karen Faulkner
Presented by Jessica Green and Brenton Stanley
1.0 Total Hours CLE
Interest in the Grand Jury process has been peaked with the recent presentation of the case against Brett Hankison in the Breonna Taylor case. This CLE will answer for both the criminal practitioner and the general public the question: The Grand Jury Process: How does it really work? This complimentary one-hour CLE will be free and will offer the unique perspective of two former Commonwealth Attorney's, Jessica Green and Brent Stanley who routinely had their own cases go through the Grand Jury process to be prosecuted by the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth Attorney. This examination will look at the current structure of the Grand Jury process, how it routinely works, and how it works in high profile cases like Taylor's. We hope to shed some light on what should happen and what does happen in the Grand Jury process.
Karen Faulkner is an experienced attorney who has practiced for fifteen years.
Karen has been recognized by her peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers and has received awards from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) and the Louisville Bar Association (LBA). Karen is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she also served as an adjunct professor. She is passionate about helping clients and is also a court-appointed Parent’s Attorney for Family Court Division 9 and serves as conflict counsel with the Louisville Metro Public Defender office and the Department of Public Advocacy.
Karen previously served as a Louisville Metro Public Defender for 6 years winning awards in both the Juvenile and Adult Divisions and spent time in public service as a family court advocate for the Center for Women and Families. After leaving the Louisville Metro Public Defender she became a Partner in an all-female criminal defense firm, Faulkner Kaelin Law Office. After her partner was elected to the District Court Bench she formed and continues to run Karen Faulkner Law Office.
When Karen is not practicing law, her free time is spent with her five-year-old, Liam, on the soccer pitch with her husband, or volunteering throughout Louisville.
Whitney True Lawson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, where she graduated from Western Hills High School in 2007. She attended Transylvania University and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 2011.
After law school, Whitney moved to Frankfort with her husband, Philip C. Lawson, where she began her practice with the firm True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP. Whitney specializes in cases involving state criminal law, federal criminal law, domestic relations, disability law, and administrative law.
Whitney has been appointed as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. During her career, she has been the recipient of the KACDL Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award in 2015. In addition, she was named one of National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 in 2014 and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Outside of her law practice, Whitney stays busy as a member of First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, and spending time with her husband and son.
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1.0 TECH CLE Credits pending approval by KBA for 2020/2021 reporting year.