Tuesday, May 17, 2016

41st Circuit Family Court Judgship.

Kenneth Stepp congratulates Clint Harris and Monica Rice-Smith, the two winners of the May 17, 2016 primary election for the 41st Circuit Primary Family Court Judgeship election. The two winners will meet in the General Election in November, 2016 for a runoff election to elect the newly elected Judge of the 41st Circuit Family Court.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Honor Veterans with Votes on May 17

Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Honor Veterans with Votes on May 17 Friday, 13 May 2016 09:58 | PDF | Print | E-mail Share FRANKFORT, Ky. – Voters can recognize Kentucky veterans’ service by casting their ballots in their honor during Tuesday’s Primary, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced yesterday. She is reminding Kentuckians to participate in her office’s “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Our Commonwealth is the home of more than 300,000 veterans. We should take every opportunity to show our respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they have made to protect our rights – especially the right to vote,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. Voters can request a “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” button from their county clerk or the Secretary of State’s office. The button can be personalized to include the name of a veteran the voter will honor by casting a ballot. Voters can also submit online tributes to the veterans they are honoring. To request a button or leave a tribute, visit sos.ky.gov. Grimes is passionate about supporting Kentucky’s active-duty and veteran military members and their families. As Secretary of State, Grimes has advocated on a range of military and veterans issues from voting to job and business opportunities. CCN NOTE: The U.S. Armed Forces are made up of five armed service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy - Represented in left photo. Right photo is United States Navy Veteran, Attorney Kenneth Stepp of Clay County, KY.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Candidate Profiles: •Clint Harris was a prosecutor as Assistant Clay County Attorney and was primarily responsible for prosecuting juvenile cases against alleged law violators--children, parents, and others in Clay Family Court. He has also prosecuted cases in Clay District Court. * * * * •Monica Rice-Smith who has been a prosecutor as Assistant Leslie County Attorney and was the prosecutor in juvenile cases against alleged law violators--children, parents, and others in Leslie County. * * * * •Former U.S. Navy Officer, Veteran Kenneth Stepp has established a career practicing law and has served primarily as a defense attorney, public defender and as an Assistant Public Advocate representing indigent defendants in criminal cases in Harlan and Bell District Courts. Mr. Stepp considers his never being a prosecutor of individuals as an important contrast among the candidates. _________________ ClayCoNews readers and voters in Clay, Jackson, and Leslie counties are urged to participate in the democratic process and to cast their vote on May 17, 2016. The Office of Family Court Judge is an incredibly important position and directly impacts children and families.
Candidate Profiles: •Clint Harris was a prosecutor as Assistant Clay County Attorney and was primarily responsible for prosecuting juvenile cases against alleged law violators--children, parents, and others in Clay Family Court. He has also prosecuted cases in Clay District Court. * * * * •Monica Rice-Smith who has been a prosecutor as Assistant Leslie County Attorney and was the prosecutor in juvenile cases against alleged law violators--children, parents, and others in Leslie County. * * * * •Former U.S. Navy Officer, Veteran Kenneth Stepp has established a career practicing law and has served primarily as a defense attorney, public defender and as an Assistant Public Advocate representing indigent defendants in criminal cases in Harlan and Bell District Courts. Mr. Stepp considers his never being a prosecutor of individuals as an important contrast among the candidates. _________________ ClayCoNews readers and voters in Clay, Jackson, and Leslie counties are urged to participate in the democratic process and to cast their vote on May 17, 2016. The Office of Family Court Judge is an incredibly important position and directly impacts children and families. .

Wednesday, February 24, 2016




KENNETH S. (KEN) STEPP



Of KENNETH S. STEPP, PSC


ATTORNEY AT LAW


7750 NORTH U.S. HWY. 421


P. O. BOX 1271


MANCHESTER, KENTUCKY 40962


Phone or fax: (606) 596-0360


Phone (606) 599-8770


Cell Phone (606) 391-3549





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AT PRESENT CLAY COUNTY OFFICE SINCE 2007. Represented clients in Clay County, Kentucky and adjoining counties, particularly in the 41st Judicial Circuit of Kentucky. Represented clients in cases in personal injury, wrongful death, automobile collisions, family law, workers’ compensation, wills, deeds, probate, courtroom appearances for Motions, auction sales, Federal Social Security, S.S.I., and Federal personal injury. Practice areas: appeals/appellate, car accidents, civil rights, criminal law, divorce, family law, injury law, juvenile law, Social Security and S.S.I.


JURY TRIALS WITH VERDICTS: Clay Circuit Court, Manchester, Kentucky; Leslie Circuit Court, Hyden, Kentucky; Knox Circuit Court, Barbourville, Kentucky; Bell Circuit Court, Pineville, Kentucky; Harlan District Court, Harlan, Kentucky; Federal District Court, London, Kentucky and others.

CARL A. SHORT II LAW OFFICE: 2004-2006, prepared letters and pleadings for civil cases and criminal cases; represented clients in hearings in Circuit Civil Court, Circuit Criminal Court, Circuit Family Court, and District Court; represented clients in hearings in Clay, Jackson, Leslie, Laurel, Knox, Whitley, Rockcastle, Fayette, Pulaski, and Bell Counties; represented clients in pleadings in U.S. District Court, London, Kentucky.

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY: 2002-2004, represented indigent clients in approx. 905 cases, including 43 Circuit Court felonies; 106 Circuit Court Contempt and Child Support Enforcement cases; 285 District Court felonies; 69 District Court misdemeanors; and 401 District Court juvenile cases in Harlan and Bell Counties.

RATING: CV Rating with Martindale Hubbell Law Directory since 1997, now Peer Review Rating 2.9.

PRIVATE PRACTICE IN KENTUCKY: 1991-1996, Sole shareholder of Law Firm of KENNETH S. STEPP, P.A., P.S.C. Represented clients in Circuit Court, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, and United States District Court, and in Criminal and Civil cases.

PREVIOUS PRIVATE PRACTICE: 1979-2002, Sole shareholder of Law Firm of KENNETH S. STEPP, P.A., P.S.C., previously STEPP & TRAVIS, P.A.; STEPP, TRAVIS & NELSON, P.A.; KENNETH S. STEPP, P.A.; and KENNETH S. STEPP. Represented clients in Criminal and Civil cases, including over 100 Bankruptcy cases, over 100 Social Security Disability Appeals, over 100 probate cases, and over 500 will preparations.

OTHER PREVIOUS PRIVATE PRACTICE: 1976-1978, MEMBER OF Law Firm of Hawkins, Fitt, Messner & Stepp. Represented clients in many criminal cases, including approximately 15 criminal felony trials, including 1 murder trial. Represented clients in many civil cases.

APPEALS: Kentucky Court of Appeals; Kentucky Board of Workers’ Compensation; United States District Court, London, Kentucky; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal appeal cases) Cincinnati, Ohio; Appeals Council, Falls Church Virginia (Federal Social Security Appeals); Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration (Federal Social Security Appeals); Benefits Review Board, Washington, DC (Federal Black Lung Benefits Appeals), and others.

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LEGAL INTERN: Georgia Diagnostic Center, Jackson, Georgia. Interviewed prisoners in state prison, and advised them of their legal rights.

EDUCATION:

Juris Doctor, School of Law, The University of Georgia.

Master of Science in Management, United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with minor in Economics, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

The Kentucky Bar Association, since 1991.

The Clay County Bar Association.

The Florida Bar.

State Bar of Georgia (inactive).

FRATERNITIES: Phi Alpha Delta.

VETERAN: United States Navy. Member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, The American Legion. 

   











































HONORS AND AWARDS:

Pro Bono Service Plaque, presented by Volunteer Lawyers of Appalachian Kentucky, 2006.

Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Project.

Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, Inc., Certificate of Appreciation.

NAM Vets of Citrus County, Honorary Membership.

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Listed in Who’s Who in the United States.

Listed in Directory of Litigation Attorneys.

Listed in West Legal Directory.





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PUBLICATIONS:

“When Can Declaring Bankruptcy Help You?”, The Barbourville Advocate, January 5, 1995.

“Confessions of an Unsuccessful Candidate”, The Orlando Sentinel, insight section.



PERSONAL: Married to the former Wilma Smith of Clay County, Kentucky, and we have our two children living with us.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

KENNETH STEPP IS RUNNING FOR CIRCUIT FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR THE KENTUCKY 41ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.

KENNETH STEPP IS RUNNING FOR CIRCUIT FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR THE KENTUCKY 41ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. THAT IS A NONPARTISAN ELECTION. CURRENTLY THERE IS NO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHO HAS FILED TO RUN FOR THE U.S. HOUSE KENTUCKY FIFTH DISTRICT. THERE IS SCHEDULED TO BE A REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR THE KENTUCKY FIFTH DISTRICT U. S. HOUSE SEAT, AND ALSO AN NONPARTISAN ELECTION FOR CIRCUIT FAMILY COURT JUDGE FOR THE KENTUCKY 412ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. KENNETH STEPP.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kenneth Stepp's duties in the Navy.














After entering the Navy as a Seaman (left), and after attending Naval Officer Candidate School and becoming a Naval Officer, Kenneth Stepp was Assistant Inner Range Officer, and later Assistant Underwater Range Officer at the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range, in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vieques Island, Culebra Island, and Luis Pena Island. The Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range is a U.S. Navy outfit headquartered at Roosevelt Roads along the East coast of Puerto Rico, and including portions of the nearby islands of Vieques, Culebra, Luis Pena, and St. Croix. We had a Navy captain (same rank as an Army colonel--wears an eagle on his collar) "Commodore" Mackey was in charge of the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range. While I was there, Commander "Bill" Danner ( same rank as an Army Lt. Col.)was the Underwater Range officer--in charge of the Underwater Range torpedo shop and operations for underwater equipment and tests in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and also the Underwater Range off the coast of Fredericksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He had two Assistant Underwater Range Officers, myself and Ensign Mike Metcalf; Mike got out of the Navy a couple of years after I did, and I understand he is back in Ohio, running a fish market. Anyway, what I was in charge of, as Assistant Underwater Range Officer, the operations at the Underwater Range in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, for about three days per test, or six days a month, I was on St. Croix at the Underwater Range, being the highest-ranking Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range Officer there, supervising and coordinating the approx. twenty private contractor employees operating the electronic equipment of the Underwater Range, and the Navy enlisted men who were the Navy underwater divers and who operated the Navy torpedo retrieval boat (TRB). The Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range is a pretty big operation. I was in charge of eighteen men (gunners mates and fire control technicians) when I was Gunnery Assistant and Second Division Officer aboard the USS Blakely, a Destroyer Escort--later a Frigate. When I was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range as an Assistant Inner Range Officer, for one-day stretches, I was in charge of supervising on shore the Naval Gunfire Support firing of big Naval guns at shore targets, using dummy ammunition on Culebra Island, and using live, high-explosive ammunition on the Island of Vieques. Usually, on those islands, I was the highest-ranking armed forces officer on the gunfire support range and directed the people on the ship when and where to fire, and supervised approx. five Navy enlisted men also on the island gunfire support range.