Judge Goodwine was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2018 to serve Division 1 of the 5th Appellate District. Before her election to the Court of Appeals, Judge Goodwine was Chief Regional Circuit Judge for Fayette County. She served as a circuit court judge since November of 2003. She served as a district court judge from August of 1999 until November of 2003.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, Carol Martin Gatton College of Business in 1991. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1994. She was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in October 1994. She was in private practice with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs from 1994 until her appointment to the district court bench in August of 1999. Her primary practice area was labor and employment law.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Goodwine chaired the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. She also served as a commissioner of that agency. Judge Goodwine was inducted into the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame in February 2000. She was named the Fayette County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in May 2001. On September 21, 2012, Judge Goodwine received the Henry V. Pennington Trial Judge of the Year Award from the Kentucky Justice Association. Judge Goodwine also served as a Fayette County Drug Court judge from 2011 until her election to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. In March of 2018, Judge Goodwine received the 2018 “Women Making History” Award from the Kentucky Commission on Women and in April of 2018, she received the Carl Beshear, “Walking by Faith” Award from the Carter G. Woodson Academy.
Judge Goodwine is married to Lee A. Padgett, Jr. They have two children, six grandchildren, and a 12-year-old German Shepherd named Kobe. In June 2012, Judge Goodwine was certified as a Jazzercise fitness instructor. She enjoys interior design, watching sports and teaching fitness classes.