Josh Clubb always knew he wanted to be an attorney, but didn’t know he would one day serve as Henry County’s first assistant commonwealth attorney.
Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter hired Clubb as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney of the 12th judicial district. Judge Karen Conrad swore him in on Feb. 28. Clubb officially started his position on March 1.
“If you had told me in law school that I would be practicing criminal law I wouldn’t have believed you,” Clubb said. “I thought I would be doing litigation and lawsuits but I never thought I would enjoy what I am doing.”
Clubb earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree both at UofL.
“They don’t teach you about law at law school,” Clubb said. “They teach you how to think like a lawyer and argue your case.”
Clubb will now argue his case as a prosecutor instead of a defense lawyer. A change he welcomes.
“I have friends that are prosecutors. I have known Courtney Baxter and her husband Berry since I started. They are good people with a high standard of ethics,” Clubb said. “My friends always claim to be the good guys wearing the white hats and I think it would be a good change to see cases from the other side.”
Baxter’s professional experience with Clubb helped her make the decision.
“Josh has acted as a criminal defense lawyer in our court as long as I have been a prosecutor,” Baxter said. “He was always prepared for his cases and has a real grasp of criminal law. His integrity is beyond reproach and that quality is exactly what I wanted in a assistant.”
Baxter said Clubb’s personal and professional history as a native of Henry County will be a benefit.
“He was born and raised in Henry County and has a real understanding of the criminal issues that face this community,” Baxter said. “As the Commonwealth’s Attorney, it was important to me to have an assistant with this experience to assist our office with these issues.”
Clubb will preside mostly over Henry and Trimble County cases. He will also handle the grand jury. Clubb comes as an asset to the position despite the admitted awkwardness.
“I’ve been here for 35 years in Henry County. I know a substantial number of people that will come before me and there may be times it may be awkward,” Clubb said. “But it also gives me a history, I know their background, their family and possibly some of their underlying circumstances. It gives me a perspective most people wouldn’t bring to the job that may come from Louisville or Oldham County.”
Clubb graduated from Henry County High School in 1996 and continued to farm on his family farm while attending college.
“I still do a little farming on the side,” Clubb said. “I do a little tobacco and grain. We have people put in the tobacco for us, but that’s what I do Saturday and Sundays until dark. I do it for fun I absolutely love it.”
Clubb started working at Bill Brammel’s practice in 2003 and passed the bar in 2004. He partnered with Brammel in November 2006.
“Anyone wanting to work in this profession should work in an office with a lawyer first to see if they like it,” Clubb said. “I used to take cases personally and I don’t anymore. You are dealing with cases that impact peoples’ lives. Whether it is incarceration and time away from their families or impacting their children it can be hard and I take it home with me. But it is also rewarding. There is a lot of satisfaction in it. Most good cases have good facts.”