Melanie Foote

Education & Strategic Planning Branch Manager, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Work 5 Mill Creek Park Frankfort KY 40601 TPI Attendance: July, 2003
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Melanie Foote is the Education Branch Manager for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Melanie joined the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Department of Public Advocacy in 2015. In that role she is responsible for training all members of the statewide public defender system in Kentucky.

Melanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of New York and Kentucky State Bars and has been practicing in Kentucky since she joined the Adult Post Conviction Branch of the Department of Public Advocacy in 2007.

While in the Post Conviction Branch, Melanie represented adult clients on claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, mistake in the proceedings, and claims of actual innocence. In 2009, she joined the Kentucky Innocence Project to work exclusively on DNA based claims of actual innocence.

In 2010, Melanie transitioned to a trial position with DPA and represented clients in district, circuit, juvenile and family court in the Elizabethtown and LaGrange Trial Offices. Melanie assists in educating the community on issues related to criminal law and is a faculty member for several state and national training programs, including the National Criminal Defense College.


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