Judge Edwards was appointed to serve as Circuit Judge of the 30th Judicial Circuit, 11th Division on September 4, 2009. Prior to his appointment he practiced law for 13 years handling complex criminal and civil litigation. He was the 2004 recipient of the Louisville Bar Association’s Frank E. Haddad Jr. Outstanding Lawyer Award and was named by Louisville Magazine as one of Louisville’s best young lawyers. Judge Edwards has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law teaching trial practice and advanced trial practice. In addition, he served as an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in Black Communities, housed in the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Judge Edwards has served on the Louisville Bar Association’s Committee on Judicial Independence and Integrity, the Mayor’s Citizens Commission on Police Accountability, as a volunteer attorney for the Center for Women and Families, and as a Director on the Boards of Seven Counties Services, Inc., The Louisville Bar Association, The Louisville Bar Foundation, and the Chestnut Street YMCA.
In addition to his endorsement from Citizens for Better Judges, Judge Edwards has also received the endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police, the Professional and Retired Firefighters Associations, the United Auto Workers, the Jefferson County Teachers Association, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Teamsters Local 89 and Local 783, AFSCME, The Central Labor Coalition, C-Fair, and the United Food & Commercial Workers.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University (BA 1992), and the University of Kentucky College of Law (JD 1996).