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Jay Lambert

Office of the Louisville Metro Public Defender
Director of Training and Performance Evaluation
Louisville, KY

Jay Lambert is a 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law. He came to work for the Office of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender upon graduation and worked in the Adult Trial and Major Litigation Divisions until 1993, when he left to establish his own firm concentrating in the areas of criminal law and civil rights litigation. Mr. Lambert returned to the Office of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender in 2000 as an Adult Trial Division Chief. From 2003 until 2013 he was the Capital Trial Division Chief. In January, 2013 he was named Director of Training and Performance Evaluation. During his years of practice, Mr. Lambert has tried more than ninety Circuit Court jury trials. He is admitted to practice in Kentucky state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit. He has served as an instructor in criminal procedure at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and has taught various criminal law topics and trial techniques at numerous seminars and workshops throughout Kentucky for the Department of Public Advocacy, the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Lambert was the recipient of the 2005 Gideon Award presented by the Department of Public Advocacy, and also received the 2009 Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.