Alumni granted right to argue in Supreme Court

Allyson Beasecker

A framed WKU diploma hangs on an office wall in the Warren County Justice Center. A wooden desk strewn with manila folders and crisp white papers rests in the center of the room. Behind it sits Warren County Attorney, Amy Milliken.

Milliken was granted one of the highest honors for a lawyer — the opportunity to argue in front of the Supreme Court.

“I could never imagine it,” Milliken said. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams.”

Milliken stood amongst the nine Supreme Court justices in Washington D.C. and was officially sworn in to present cases before the high court on Jan 22. She was one of 11 lawyers to take the oath and the only from Kentucky.

She recalls absolute silence in the room as she took the oath and struggled to contain her excitement when she saw Sandra Day O’Connor sitting a short distance away.

Milliken graduated from Warren East High School and started at WKU in 1989 where she studied political science and criminology. She said she always knew she wanted to become a lawyer.

Milliken graduated from WKU in 1993 and attended Northwestern University School of Law. After law school, she returned to Bowling Green to work for the county. In 2004, she was sworn in as the first female county attorney in Warren County.

Her desire to see Warren County flourish is a primary goal of her career.

“I want to see Warren County grow and thrive,” Milliken said. “I want to have a lasting, positive impact.”

From job growth to developing new roads and providing support in the schools, the mother of three has a role in nearly every aspect of Warren County

Rick DuBose, Alumni Association executive director, said Milliken is a dedicated Alumni Association board member.

“It speaks highly of Amy’s abilities, first of all, but we hope it is also a statement about the quality of education one receives at WKU,” he said.

“It is a high honor to earn the right to argue cases before the highest court in the land, and her success certainly will shine a bright light on the University.”

On her trip to take the oath, Milliken brought with her a red towel with WKU embroidered in big white letters.

“I’m so proud to be a Hilltopper,” Milliken said