January 2019 Issue of KAS Monthly to Feature Interview with Retiring Kentucky Supreme Court Justice
Retiring Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters of the 3rd Supreme Court District will be the subject of the seventh installment of Kentucky Appellate Survey Monthly’s “Judicial Focus” series. An extensive interview with Justice Venters will be featured in the January 2019 issue of KAS Monthly.
“We are proud to recognize Justice Venters’ decades of service to the Commonwealth and honored that he is participating in the Judicial Focus series,” said Managing Editor Edward M. O’Brien and Executive Editor Nicholas E. Whitt.
In participating in the series, Justice Venters follows former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble, Circuit Judge David A. Tapp of the 28th Judicial Circuit, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton of Louisville, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith, Circuit Judge James T. Jameson (Calloway and Marshall counties), and Circuit Judge Gregory A. Lay of the 27th Judicial Circuit. Justice Noble was featured in the inaugural installment of the series upon her retirement in December 2016.
Justice Daniel J. Venters was appointed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in August 2008. He was subsequently elected to that office for the term that ends in January 2019. He serves the 3rd Supreme Court District, which is comprised of 27 counties across Southern and Southcentral Kentucky.
Justice Venters came to the Supreme Court with more than 24 years of judicial experience. He served as a District Court judge for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties from 1979 to 1984, and as a Circuit Court judge for Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties from 1984 to 2003. In 2003, he retired from the trial court bench and returned to private law practice in his hometown of Somerset, where he practiced until his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Prior to his judicial career, Justice Venters also served for four years as an assistant commonwealth's attorney. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. Justice Venters has served as a member of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors, and as president of the Pulaski County Bar Association.
Justice Venters earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1975. He received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in 1972.
Justice Venters resides in Somerset and is married to attorney Jane Adams Venters. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.
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