Bette Niemi


Bette Niemi is a graduate of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Over the course of her career she has been in private practice in Louisville and has also served as a public defender with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy and the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office.  Bette has successfully defended numerous cases in which the Commonwealth sought the death penalty and has won acquittals in nineteen felony prosecutions. Bette has also testified as an expert witness concerning standards of practice for attorneys in criminal cases in Kentucky.

Bette has served as Chairperson of the Criminal Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association and is a founding board member and past president of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She has received numerous awards for her professional accomplishments including the Furman Award honoring her leadership on behalf of capital clients in Kentucky and nationally. Bette has taught legal skills at seminars throughout the country. She serves as a consultant in complex criminal cases and has been a mentor to younger lawyers throughout her career.

The following article appeared in the Courier Journal in January 2009: