Amy Robinson Staples has spent much of her career representing the wrongfully accused and ensuring the constitutional rights of those criminally charged are protected, first as an attorney and manager with the Post-Conviction Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) and as an attorney and manager of the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP). There, Amy was involved in the exoneration of multiple men and women and successfully obtained pardons and commutations for numerous individuals, including imprisoned victims of domestic violence. She also successfully briefed Hollon v. Commonwealth, the case establishing the procedure for claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel in Kentucky.
While with DPA and KIP, Amy authored several articles for and was featured in The Advocate, a Journal of Criminal Justice Education & Research, including: Roper v. Simmons and Its Applicability to Youthful Offender Transfer Hearings, Vol. 28, Issue No. 5, Sept. 2006; Wrongful Convictions of the Innocent, Kentucky’s Recent Experience, Response, and Reforms, Vol. 25, Issue No. 1 (January 2003); and In the Spotlight…Amy Robinson, Vol. 25, Issue No. 1 (January 2003).
In 2014, Amy was the proud recipient of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Professionalism and Excellence Award. In 2010, she received the Larry Marshall Founder’s Day Award for her mentorship and assistance to her colleagues. Amy graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2000, where she was a member of the Student Public Interest Law Foundation and received the Best Brief Award. She obtained a B.A. in Sociology, Cum Laude, from Georgetown College in 1997, where she was a William Graham Brown Scholar.
Since joining Loevy & Loevy in the summer of 2017, Amy has concentrated her practice in federal court on wrongful convictions, police misconduct, and other constitutional issues. Additionally, Amy continues to fight for the wrongfully convicted in state courts throughout Kentucky and to free innocent clients from prison through her work with the Exoneration Project.
• Kentucky, 2000
• Eastern District of Kentucky, 2005
• Western District of Kentucky, 2008
• Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
• United States Supreme Court, 2018
Education + Honors
University of Kentucky College of Law
• J.D. – 2000
• B.A (Cum Laude) – 1997
• William Graham Brown Scholar
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