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Denise Trauth '08

Interest in Mental Health Law

Before becoming an attorney, Denise obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. During graduate school, she treatment center where she treated clients with psychotherapy who had various psychiatric diagnoses. Through law school, Denise pursued her interests in mental health through several courses that addressed the overlap between psychological and psychiatric issues with the legal system.

Denise now is a felony prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As a prosecutor, she encounter cases each day that involve mental health issues — competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and mitigation evidence. She writes, “My experience as a Weaver Fellow has been invaluable and has better prepared me as an attorney in the criminal law field.”