Deedra Benthall, a former special prosecutor in the Kentucky attorney general's office and adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has been named executive director of the Kentucky Office of Inspector General in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. Benthall
, 62, most recently operated a solo legal practice in Danville.She also has served as a special justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, and has argued cases before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Environmental and Public Protection cabinet said in a news release. As inspector general, Benthall will oversee administrative and criminal investigations of violations of environmental law, state statutes and cabinet policies. Benthall earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.She
is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.She was the first female president of the former Kentucky Academy of Trial Lawyers, now known as the Kentucky Justice Association.
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