My name is Angela Greene and I want to explain why I am running for the 54th District Court Judge in Boone and Gallatin counties. First of all, this is my home. I live, practice law, own businesses, and attend Church here. I am a sixth generation Kentuckian and a honors graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Business and College of Law. For over 25 years, I have been invested in this community and when you are invested in something you want to protect it.
I am not a career politician or public servant who has been a part of the system for most of their professional lives. My entire career has been in the private sector representing people like you. As a lawyer, I have over 28 years of litigation experience trying cases in front of Judges and juries in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions. I am licensed to practice law in federal, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia state courts. MartindaleHubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings, has awarded me its highest AV preeminent rating. More importantly, I am proud to say that my clients seem to agree as I have never had a bar complaint in any jurisdiction.
A District Court Judge hears cases involving probate, juveniles, misdemeanors, traffic offenses and small claims matters. My diverse litigation experience makes me ideally suited for this position as I have represented clients in all of these areas and more. My experience is not limited to one type of client or matter. As a small business owner, I understand that my work day does not end at 5- it often just begins. I appreciate the financial cost to my clients when they are required or need to appear in court before a Judge. I will be an on call, full-time Judge because justice delayed is justice denied. I will put my private sector and business experience to work in the courtroom so that everyone who comes before me will be served efficiently and your tax dollars will not be wasted.
Presiding Judge Charles T. Moore has served us well and set the bar high for anyone who succeeds him. When I am elected, I will strive to meet, even exceed, that bar working to ensure that the judiciary is independent, fair and impartial to all. And, I will work with community leaders, government officials, and law enforcement to tackle the heroin epidemic that is ravaging the fabric and safety of our community. It is a complex problem but the judiciary must be a part of the solution.
The people of Boone and Gallatin counties deserve a Judge who will be fiercely independent, hardworking, and serves with integrity. I am that candidate. I am asking for your vote on May 22nd. For more information, about me and my campaign, please visit www.greeneforjudge.net or on Facebook @AngelaGreeneforJudge.
1. In your career, have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and wished you had handled a case or legal issue differently? Describe the situation and any lessons you learned from the experience.
Yes. Every case. If you are an experienced litigator you know that the there is the case that you planned to try, the case you tried, and the case you wish you tried.
2. Give an example of a circumstance where you faced an ethical dilemma or problem and explain how you solved it.
I represented a company for years. One of the individuals responsible for assigning and delegating business to attorneys, like me, suggested that he could deliver me more cases in return for a “cut.” He was and is a lawyer and I reminded him of his oath, ethics and duties. In so many words, I said you don’t want to do this and why.
3. What do you believe are the most important qualities of a judge, and how has your professional background and life experience helped you develop those qualities?
Broad based experience, financial, political independence, and reasoned impartiality. As a lawyer, I have over 28 years of litigation experience trying cases in front of Judges and juries in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions. I am licensed to practice law in federal, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia state courts. Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings, has awarded me its highest AV preeminent rating. More importantly, I am proud to say that my clients seem to agree as I have never had a bar complaint in any jurisdiction.
4. As a potential or sitting judge, what do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
Strengths: Not a career politician and part of the system .Independence and freedom from external influences other than the issues and facts before me. Weakness: Inexperience in the political process.
5. What or who are the major influences in your life and why?
My family and my faith, as well as my education. All of those have molded me into who I am.
6. Have you witnessed any particular injustices inside or outside the courtroom and how did you respond to those circumstances? How will you respond to similar circumstances as a judge?
Injustice and Justice happen every day inside and outside every courtroom. I will apply the law, reason, and empathy to all who appear before me. I do not have a solution to all of our community’s ills but I will work toward the best solution.
7. Who are your judicial role models and why?
I have many. Our founding fathers are a start, although not all of them were jurists. Having tried many cases in many jurisdictions, I can say that in Boone and Gallatin Counties we have some of the very best trial judges in the state. I hope to honor the standard they have set.
8. Describe a circumstance where you took a difficult or controversial position and how you handled it.
I handle difficult and often controversial positions every day. That is because I represent people, not just one institution, client or one type of case. I represented a client who was sued by a fellow lawyer and colleague on a civil matter. Representing him and his company was not necessarily pleasant or advantageous for me. Yet, that was my job.
9. How would you describe your general judicial philosophy?
Fairness, Impartiality and Independence.
10. What are some of the most significant challenges facing Kentucky's judicial system and how do you propose to address them?
There are many. So many of our issues facing the judicial system come from our legislature and funding which would be out of my control. We must do what we can do with the resources we have. We need to work more efficiently and harder. Justice delayed is justice denied.