Growing up four blocks from campus and still living close by, attending Model Laboratory School like her father, Retired Circuit Judge James Chenault, ’49, (also a member of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni) and taking her first Eastern classes while a high school senior, Jean Chenault Logue, ’84, justly notes, “my entire life has been spent on or around Eastern.” From this center, she is making a profound impact on the justice system of her region and state. After graduating in economics and finance, she earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Since 2009, she has been chief circuit judge for Kentucky’s 25th Judicial Court and vice-chief regional circuit judge for the Bluegrass Region since 2008. Logue is also a member of the Kentucky and the Madison County Bar Associations, and the judicial ethics committee of Kentucky, as well as the circuit judges’ education committee and the court of justice technology governance committee.
Logue was the 25th Judicial Circuit’s first family court judge, serving nine years, and is justly proud of her role in helping to “organize and shape the family court system as we know it today,” working on multiple task forces and councils to create integrated responses to pressing issues of criminal justice, juvenile and children’s justice, domestic violence and sexual assault. She presides over the felony Drug Court program, where individuals can “address their addiction issues and become productive members of society.”
With so many judicial responsibilities, she makes time for significant community service on the board for the Society of Boonesborough, a member of the Richmond Area Arts Council and the Baptist Health Richmond hospital auxiliary. In an interesting loop, the philanthropy of her Eastern sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, is Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children who have suffered abuse and neglect; Logue was on the CASA board and partnered with her sorority for fundraising. As Judge Jean Chenault Logue says, Eastern provided “much more than a degree. I had a wonderful experience at Eastern that helped shape me as a person who is committed to public service.”