About Judge Karem

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Jefferson District Court Judge – 2006 to present
  • Sitlinger, McGlincy, Theiler & Karem – October 2004 – 2006
    • Primarily handling Family Court cases, including divorces, Emergency Protective Orders and adoptions
  • Jefferson County Attorney’s Office – November 1997 – October 2004
    • Assistant County Attorney in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit – Prosecuted Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Crimes against Children
  • Christina Norris Law Office – Associate, June 1997-November 1997
    • Practiced General Litigation and Family Law
  • Williams & Wagoner Law Offices – Associate, October 1995 – May 1997
    • Practiced Federal Law and concentrated in the area of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Civil Rights Law
    • General litigation, defense
  • Admitted to the Kentucky Bar 1995
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court
    • Western District of Kentucky, November 1995
    • Eastern District of Kentucky, January 1996
  • Admitted in the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Nov. 1995

 

Educational Background

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) U of L, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, 1995
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bellarmine University, May of 1990
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) U of L, 1987 Major: Marketing
  • Assumption High School, 1983

 

Volunteer History

  • Family Scholar House – Board Member 2007-2013 / Vice Chair, 2010
  • Restorative Justice Louisville, Formation Committee – 2009-2010
  • Louisville Bar Association, Pro Bono Consortium – 2006 to present
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee – 2009-2010
  • Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee – 2013 to present
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council – 2013 to present
  • Volunteered legal services for The Center for Women and Families and Louisville Bar Association
  • Domestic Violence article published in The Record, November 24, 2005
  • Highland Community Ministries Steering Committee
  • Citizens Foster Care Review Board
  • St. Agnes Parish – Co-Chair of Parish Carnival from 2002-2004

 

PERSONAL

Born in Louisville, KY.

Married to Scott Karem.

Three children; 2 girls ages 17 and 15, one 11 year old boy.