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.
I grew up surrounded by family members in the legal field, I am lucky to have them as my role models, mentors, and great sources of inspiration. From them, I developed a keen sense of justice and fairness and I was driven to follow in their footsteps. I started my law practice 18 years ago and have represented thousands of people in all courts, ranging from traffic court to district and circuit. I have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court.
When I began my career, I had two small children and developed a law practice that allowed me to have a family and carry out my goals as an attorney. I understand the pressures of life with which people must deal.
Improving the legal system was a strong motivator for me to attend law school. I wanted to help provide legal care to many of those who do not have a strong voice in our judicial system because of race, gender, national origin, social status, lifestyle, or financial capabilities. All Americans deserve access to a fair and impartial legal system.
I gained insight during the time that I served in the Peace Corps. That experience spotlighted inequities and the needs in other societies which were not being satisfied. With that, I am intrinsically motivated to improve the delivery of legal services to all people.
The desire and passion to meet the needs of all people is a driver for my career and will continue as a member of the judiciary.
Why I am Running
“Louisville needs judges that will see the person as an individual and treat them fairly within the bounds of the law … As a Judge, I pledge that I will look at every case, and every person in front of me as an individual and will not make decisions on things like bonds based on one financial situation.”
- Shannon Fauver
Candidate for District Court Judge
My path to becoming a judge was never predetermined. After 18 years of practice, I see the necessity of judges requiring a breadth of legal experience and robust life experience. With a full life experience, a judge should be able to fully understand how the person in front of them may not look like them, and may not come from the same background and make a clear and fair decision based only on the case in front of them. Louisville needs judges that will see the person as an individual and treat them fairly within the bounds of the law.
As a Judge, I pledge that I will look at every case, and every person in front of me as an individual and will not make decisions on things like bonds based on one financial situation.
In the last 18 years, I have represented over 3000 clients. In my career, I’ve taken risks and challenged the system. I have helped clients from expunging their records to protecting their civil rights and in doing so have helped change the law across the United States.
As a Judge, I plan to start a Homeless Court. In a Homeless Court, the unhoused can be offered the services they need, and not be jailed because they are homeless. Just as my experience in Peace Corps taught me to outreach into the community and figure out what they need, and work to accomplish that, my experience has shown me that many Louisvillians could lose a job or have a medical emergency, for example, and could end up unhoused. This part of our community needs access to services, not jail because they don’t have a place to sleep.