Susan Clary

Contact Information

Clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky
State Capitol, Room 235
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601-3415

Phone: 502-564-5444

 Susan Stokley Clary


  • J.D., University of Kentucky, 1981, Book Award, Commercial Law I; Oral Argument Award, Brandeis Club.
  • B.A., University of Kentucky, 1978, magna cum laude in Political Science and Sociology. Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa.

Professional Career

  • March, 1995, to date: Clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • October, 1983, to date: General Counsel, Supreme Court of Kentucky.
  • November, 1988, to date: Court Administrator, Supreme Court of Kentucky.
  • July, 1986, to October, 1988: General Manager, Juvenile Services, Administrative Office of the Courts. Developed and implemented statewide program of Court Designated Worker, in compliance with Kentucky's Unified Juvenile Code.
  • October, 1982, to September, 1983: Administrative Assistant to Chief Justice Robert F. Stephens, Supreme Court of Kentucky.
  • August, 1981, to September, 1982: Law Clerk for Justice James B. Stephenson, 7th Supreme Court District, Supreme Court of Kentucky.
  • January, 1981, to May, 1981: Legal Intern for U. S. Magistrate James F. Cook, E. D. Ky.
  • December, 1978, to June, 1981: Law Clerk, Trimble, Stapleton, Reaves and Slone.


  • Co-Author, Stokley-Clary and Isaacs, Kentucky Juvenile Law, 1991.
  • Kentucky Bench and Bar magazine, "Recent Significant Opinions of the Supreme Court," 1985; Kentucky Bar Association District Bar Meetings, "Annual Review of the Opinions of the Kentucky Supreme Court," 1982, to date.
  • Court Designated Worker Manual, Administrative office of the Courts, Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Organizations & Activities

  • Member, Kentucky Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association and State Government Bar Association.
  • Admitted to practice, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit and United States District Court, E. D. Ky.
  • Deacon and member Administrative Board, Central Christian Church; Chair, Board of Deacons, and Member, Executive Committee, 1988 to 1990. Member, Social Issues Committee, and Member, Board of Directors, Adult Day Care Center, Central Christian Church.
  • Member, Kentucky Crime Commission, vice-Chair, Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice, 1993 to date. Member, Long-Range Planning Commission on Juvenile Detention, Justice Cabinet, 1992. Established and Chaired, Administrative Office of the Courts Juvenile Services' Roundtable.
  • Member, Kentucky Public Advocacy Commission, 1983, to date.
  • Chair, Joint Task Force on Domestic violence, 1995 Report to the Governor, the Attorney General and the Chief Justice; member, Gender Fairness in the Courts Monitoring Committee
  • Member, National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks, 1995 to date
  • Member, National Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions, 1989, to date. Member, National Association for Court Management, 1989, to date.
  • Implemented and Administered Statewide Circuit Clerks' Test, Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Member, Advisory Council, Paralegal Studies Program of Midway College, 1990, to date.
  • Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies, Midway College, Family Law - Fall 1994; Juvenile Law - Spring 1995.
  • Member, Capitol Projects Planning Advisory Committee, Kentucky Legislature, 1990, to date.
  • Charter Member, Leadership Kentucky; Panelist, 1985, 1988; Chair, Law and Justice, 1988, 1990; Project 21, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
  • Charter Participant, Georgetown College President's Ambassador Leadership Kentucky Mentorship Program
  • Member, Kentucky Center for Public Policy, Member, Health Care Policy Council
  • Member, American Inns of Court, Henry Clay Inn of Court, 1992, to date.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lexington Ballet Company, 1992, to date.
  • Member, Institute for Court Management, Court Executive Development Program.
  • Member, Children'S Rights Committee, Publications Committee and Legislative Committee, Kentucky Bar Association, 1989, to date.
  • Member, University of Kentucky, College of Social Work Interdisciplinary Committee on Children and Families
  • Implemented State Law Day Ceremony, 1990 to date.
  • Member, Implementation Committee, Violence Against Women Act, S.T.O.P. (Services-Training-officers Prosecutors)

Clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky

Job Abstract

Supreme Court Administrator

  • Oversee and monitor case filing, case management, case assignment and scheduling
  • Reporter of decisions for Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Motion panel and all procedural motions
  • Coordinate all motions for emergency relief
  • Approve orders for supplies, furniture, etc.
  • Prepare yearly case outline, speeches, opinions and orders
  • Review all local rules tendered for Chief Justice, approval and compile rule changes for rules of Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Staff all committees established by the Chief Justice or by other appointment
  • Legislative liaison for Chief Justice, Judges, and Clerks budget and judiciary committees
  • Plan and coordinate Law Day, Court road trips, Court investitures, other ceremonies and social activities
  • Hiring of staff and approval of staff time sheets
  • Court liaison with AOC, KBA, Board of Bar Examiners, Character and Fitness Committee, Gender Fairness in the Courts Committee
  • Court liaison with the press
  • Provide counsel to judges, circuit clerks, attorneys as requested