Shannon Fauver for District Court Judge
A Judge for the People
Hello, my name is Shannon Fauver. I am running to be the District Court Judge in Division 7 in Jefferson County.
For the last 18 years, I have over 3000 clients from Traffic Court to the U.S. Supreme Court. The day after I was sworn in to practice law, I started my own law practice with a two-year-old and while 6 months pregnant. I knew that for me to practice law with two small children, and be there for them every day, I opened my own law practice the day after I was sworn in to the practice of law.
Luckily, I was able see my mother and my grandfather, run a law practice, so I knew how much work I was taking on. I did not want to not want to go into my family’s law practice, as I knew that my clients would be different than my family’s firm.
I went to law school to represent people who don’t usually have a voice in the legal system, either because of their race, gender, national origin or social status. The reason I wanted to handle these cases is as I found out while serving in Morocco with the Peace Corps, I found out how hard it was to live in a society where you had no basic assistance be it from the legal system or society as a whole without any advantages and understand as a white person that advantage would allow me to assist my clients when I became a lawyer.
Why I am Running
“Louisville needs judges that will see the person as an individual and treat them as the same … As a Judge I will look at every case, and every person, in front of me as an individual and will not make decisions on things like bond based on one financial situation.”
- Shannon Fauver
Candidate for District Court Judge
I was never planning on becoming a judge but after 18 years of practice I have seen how important it is to have judges that not only have a breadth of legal experience, but how have more life experiences so that they do not look at the person in front of them and make a decision based on anything other the case in front of them. Louisville needs judges that will see the person as an individual and treat them as the same.
As a Judge I will look at every case, and every person, in front of me as an individual and will not make decisions on things like bond based on one financial situation.
In the last 18 years I have represented over 3000 clients, and filed cases that I shouldn’t file and couldn’t win and still represented my clients and had helped clients from expunging their record to protecting their civil rights and in doing so have helped changed the law across the United States.
Further, I am planning on starting a Homeless Court, so that those that get pulled into the system should be offered the services they need, not to be jailed because they are homeless. Just as Peace Corps has you go into a community and figure out what they need, and work to accomplish that, I believe that the need for a Homeless Court is something that Jefferson County needs, as anyone can lose a job, have a medical emergency, etc., and could end up homeless. What most people need is access to services, not jail because they don’t have a place to sleep.