Nominees announced for KY Supreme Court vacancy

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)– The Judicial Nominating Commission has announced nominees to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat in the 1st Supreme Court District. The district is composed of 24 Western Kentucky counties. The vacancy was created when Justice Bill Cunningham retired Feb. 1.

The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are David Cowan Buckingham of Murray, Tyler Landthrip Gill of Allensville and Carla Rene’ Williams of Dixon.

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Buckingham has served as of counsel for Adams Law Firm in Murray since 2011. He served as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge from 1997-2005, a circuit judge for the 42nd Judicial Circuit from 1987-1996 and a district judge for the 42nd Judicial District from 1982-1986. The 42nd Circuit and District are made up of Calloway and Marshall counties. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Gill has served as a Circuit Court judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Logan and Todd counties) since 1995. He was a district judge for those counties from 1993-1995. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Williams has served as a Circuit Court judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit (Crittenden, Union and Webster counties) since November 2004. She has been the chief regional circuit judge for the Purchase Region since Chief Justice Minton appointed her in 2007. She was a district judge for the three counties from January 1990-November 2004.