Attorney Amy E. Dougherty graduated from Leadership Lexington on June 15, 2017. Leadership Lexington is an eleven month leadership development program sponsored by Commerce Lexington. The program takes only a limited number of applicants and is highly competitive. Leadership Lexington gives class members the opportunity to better understand the challenges faced by the city of Lexington. Participants meet with and learn from community leaders. This year, the class meet monthly in different locations around the Lexington area exploring a major topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Topics addressed include media, government, growth, preservation, agriculture, education, public safety, economic development, arts, health and human services, and leadership development.
Additionally, each participant must participate in a community service project. Amy supported the Breaking Barriers project. The group worked to relieve the financial barrier of expungement of Class D felonies and misdemeanors, these class members partnered with a community-wide group including representatives from Commerce Lexington Inc., the Lexington Police Department, Together Lexington, Jubilee Jobs, The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy and Legal Aide of the Bluegrass, and Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Together, they hosted an “Expungement Information Session” on February 21, which enabled people to get a criminal history check and meet with an attorney. Project members were: Liz Davenport (project leader); James Brown, Thomas Curtsinger, Betsy Davies, Amy Dougherty, Kyle Melloan, Simapreet Rattan, Carrie Thayer, and Serenity Wright.