FRANKFORT, Ky., Sept. 27, 2011 – Christian County Family Court Judge Jason Shea Fleming has been appointed to a national committee and a state committee on families and children. Judge Fleming was named in August as an advisory member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Military Committee and as a member of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Child Protection and Domestic Violence Committee.
“These appointments give Christian County a voice on issues that affect families and children in Kentucky and nationally,” Judge Fleming said. “My role on the Military Committee will help me better serve our military families stationed right here at Fort Campbell. It is an honor to be selected for these important committees.”
The NCJFCJ Military Committee works to better understand issues common to military families and their children in the areas of delinquency, dependency, domestic violence and family law. The committee aims to identify and define issues that the NCJFCJ can help address through collaboration and the creation of effective strategies and protocols. The group is also charged with developing and implementing training and educational tools for judges and court personnel.
The KBA Child Protection and Domestic Violence Committee reviews the various legal aspects surrounding juvenile issues. The committee’s work has included publication of a handbook on children’s rights.
Judge Fleming was elected in November 2006 to serve as the Family Court judge for Christian County. Prior to his judicial career, Judge Fleming was assistant Christian County attorney from 1998 to 2006 and served as the director of Christian County Juvenile Services and as a volunteer for Christian County Juvenile Drug Court from 2000 to 2006. He was in private practice with Thomas, Arvin & Fleming in Hopkinsville from 1997 to 2000 and had a solo practice from 2000 to 2003.
Judge Fleming holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He was articles editor for the Kentucky Law Journal and chair of the Hearing Committee on the UK College of Law Honor Council from 1996 to 1997.
Judge Fleming is the 2011 recipient of the KBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. He previously received the KBA’s Continuing Legal Education Recognition Award and has been the recipient of the KBA’s Pro Bono Award multiple times. He is the only prosecutor to receive the Kentucky Public Advocate Award, presented to him in 2006 by the Department of Public Advocacy. He also received the Advocate for Children Award from the Christian County Child Abuse Council in 2010 and the 2007 Meritorious Service Award from Christian County Juvenile Drug Court.
He has authored numerous journal articles and been a presenter at conferences for Kentucky prosecutors and county attorneys at continuing legal education seminars statewide and for the KBA Convention. He serves as a member of the state Circuit Judges Education Committee and the Education Oversight Committee for the Administrative Office of the Courts. Judge Fleming has also been a part-time instructor for Brown-Mackie College.
He is a past president of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Jaycees and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Southern Pennyrile. Judge Fleming is a past vice president of the Kentucky State Jaycees and was the organization’s legal counsel for six years. He is a past chairman for the boards of the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville and Westwood Senior Homes.