By Judy Clabes
Susanne Mowery Cetrulo of Edgewood has been appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear to the vacant Kentucky Court of Appeal post left by the resignation of Judge Joy Kramer.
The rendezvous is in the 6th District of Appeal, Division 2, which is made up of the 21 northernmost counties of the Commonwealth.
Cetrulo was one of three lawyers, including Kate Molloy of Crescent Springs and Virginia Snell of LaGrange, who were recommended by the Judicial Appointments Commission to fill the position.
Cetrulo is a founding partner of the Cetrulo, Mowery & Hicks law firm. She has been in private practice for 30 years. She received her JD from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
She was called to the Kentucky Bar in 1984 and was an attorney at the Kentucky Court of Appeal from 1984 to 1991 under Chief Justice Charles Lester and Justice Judy West. She practiced in private practice in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky from 1991 to 2001, when she and her husband Robert formed Cetrulo and Mowery, now Cetrulo Mowery & Hicks.
She has litigated civil cases and dealt with adoptions, including private, international, interstate and special needs adoptions as well as other domestic relations matters. Adoption assistance is her passion.
Cetrulo and her husband are the parents of three children, Nicole, Rob and JP.
Cetrulo follows in the footsteps of her mentor, Justice Judy West, who first took the seat in the 1980s. She was a lawyer in the West office.
“It is a great honor to be appointed to this important Court to take the seat that was once occupied by my mentor, Justice Judy West.
“I will definitely miss my clients, but I can’t wait to take on this role. “
She is due to withdraw from her practice of law and expects to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller of Fort Mitchell in early October.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals, as well as the Kentucky Supreme Court, were formed after the enactment in 1975 of the judicial section that created the Kentucky Unified Court System. Fourteen judges, two elected from each of the seven appeal districts, sit on the Court of Appeal for eight-year terms.