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Olivia Luehrmann '16

Olivia Luehrmann attended the University of Louisville where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she took many forensic psychology courses that allowed her to get a glimpse into the ways in which psychology and psychiatry play a major role in the judicial system. Olivia also maintained an internship at a local private firm in the Northern Kentucky area, which further allowed her to see the ways in which these fields impact the courts. During her time at Blankenship Massey & Associates, Olivia realized that she had a great interest in pursuing a career in criminal law, specifically where she would be able to work on cases involving defendants with mental health issues.

Currently, Olivia is working as a law clerk at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for the 54th Judicial Circuit in Boone County, Kentucky. During her time at the office, she has had the opportunity to observe competency hearings, drug court and mental health court proceedings, and work on various high-profile criminal investigations. From this experience, Olivia has made it a goal to work for the government and look for new ways to help those involved in criminal proceedings obtain the help they need to reduce recidivism and address the lack of quality mental health care for defendants. She is excited to be involved with the Weaver Institute in order to become more knowledgeable about the relationship between law and psychiatry and explore new ways for the court system to address mentally deficient defendants.