Justice Venters to be LawDay Keynote Speaker


FRANKFORT, Ky., April 27, 2009 – Justice Daniel J. Venters of the Supreme Court of Kentucky will be the keynote speaker for the 2009 Law Day celebration Friday, May 1, at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort. The annual event will begin at 10 a.m. in the chamber of the House of Representatives. The event is open to the public and media.

Law Day is a nationally designated day for Americans to celebrate the rule of law. The day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms Americans have. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day 51 years ago on May 1, 1958, to strengthen America’s heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. In April 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution designating each May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A.


The national theme for this year’s Law Day is A Legacy of Liberty. The theme recognizes the bicentennial of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, who was a lawyer.


“We celebrate on Law Day this year our legacy of liberty,” Justice Venters said. “Liberty and the rule of law are deeply rooted in the legal and cultural tradition of America. Part of the mission of the legal profession is to keep that tradition alive.”


The Supreme Court of Kentucky will host the Law Day ceremony, which will begin with Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. opening a special court session. Following Justice Venter’s speech, Supreme Court Clerk Susan Stokley Clary will swear in 143 new Kentucky attorneys. The event will also include an awards presentation for individuals who have contributed to law-related education programs. Distinguished guests from federal and state government and various law-related entities will attend the celebration.  

Justice Daniel J. Venters
Justice Daniel J. Venters of the Supreme Court of Kentucky represents the 3rd Supreme Court District, which is comprised of 27 counties across Southeastern Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Justice Venters to the court in August 2008 to fill the seat made vacant by the retirement of Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert.


The 3rd Supreme Court District is comprised of Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Garrard, Green, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Marion, McCreary, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, and Whitley counties.


Justice Venters came to the Supreme Court with 24 years of judicial experience, serving as a Circuit Court judge for Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties from 1984 to 2003 and as a District Court judge for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties from 1979 to 1984. In 1986, he earned the Henry V. Pennington Trial Judge Award.


Justice Venters retired from the trial court bench in 2003 and returned to private law practice in his hometown of Somerset, focusing on civil litigation.


Prior to his judicial career, Justice Venters was an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties from 1975 to 1979 under then-Commonwealth’s Attorney Hal Rogers, who is now a U.S. congressman.


Justice Venters was admitted to practice by the Kentucky Bar Association in 1975, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001 and the U.S. District Court for the Western District in 2004. He earned his juris doctor in 1975 from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.


Justice Venters has served as a member of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and as a member of the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors.


He and his wife, attorney Jane Adams Venters, reside in Somerset. She also is a graduate of the UK College of Law and practices family law in Somerset.






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