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Tracy Shipley

Daily in the Trenches

Tracy Shipley

Ms. Shipley is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Kentucky. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a legal assistant for a criminal defense firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She was appointed an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney in 2003 upon bar passage.

As an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney, she gained valuable jury and bench trial experience. She represented the Commonwealth in numerous hearings. She worked in multiple divisions: Disability & Mental Inquest Court, both Warrant and Domestic Violence Intake and Felony Misdemeanor. She also handled a Warrant Court jury trial docket and was the first Assistant Jefferson County Attorney delegated management of the Enhanced Supervision docket for defendants diagnosed with mental illnesses. In 2005, she was chosen as an Associate in the Brandeis Inns of Court. In 2006, she attended Trial Advocacy, offered by the National District Attorney’s Association at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC.

Ms. Shipley sees Americans’ basic Constitutional rights as under attack. The individual right to be free from government interference is prefaced on each citizen understanding his or her rights and asserting those rights. She is concerned about infringement of citizens’ rights to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, guaranteed by the 4th Amendment. She believes the right to counsel, guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, is too frequently waived by individuals taught to be trusting of authority figures.

Ms. Shipley is a graduate of Oxford College of Emory University with an Associates of Arts. She is a graduate of Emory College of Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Ms. Shipley earned her Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She was the law school chapter president of the Brandeis Equal Justice Committee, the local National Organization of Public Interest Attorneys. Ms. Shipley received the Joseph L. White Scholarship. She was a published member of the Journal of Law & Education and recipient of the 2003 Brandeis Writing Award. She served as a student member on the Faculty Committee on Public Service and Professionalism. She was a volunteer legal advocate for the Center for Women and Children. She served as an extern for the Legal Aid Society of Louisville. She worked as a research assistant for two professors and was a law clerk for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Shipley served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Gender and the Law for the Department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Louisville in 2007. In 2006, she taught Business Law and Oral Communication at National College of Business & Technology. She later taught World Civilizations and co-taught Law and Government at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 2018, Ms. Shipley worked as an Attorney Advisor to the Social Security Administration in Saint Louis, Missouri.

She is very happy to have returned to practicing criminal law.