The Hon. Patricia A. Keller, JD
- J.D., West Virginia University College of Law
- B.S., Shepherd College
Patricia Keller is a Family Court Judge in the Sixth Family Court Circuit (Cabell County), where she presides over domestic relations hearings, including divorce, child custody, visitation, guardianship, domestic violence and support, as well as modification and contempt matters.
In addition to her Family Court duties, Judge Keller has been actively involved in the implementation of both juvenile and adult drug courts in the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Cabell County.) In 2007, Judge Keller helped re-establish the Juvenile Drug Court in Cabell County, which served as a model program for West Virginia. Since then the West Virginia Supreme Court has expanded the JDC program to other counties around the state. In 2009, Judge Keller established an Adult Drug Court in Cabell County, where she continues to preside. Drug court is a problem-solving or treatment court. The goal of drug court is to help participants overcome addictions that may have led them to commit crimes, thus improving the quality of life for them and their families. Turning people who might have become repeat offenders into productive citizens also improves public safety.
As a member of the Family Court education committee, Judge Keller is involved in planning continuing education conferences for family court judges. In addition to educational programs for her colleagues, she has also done presentations for the circuit court judges, law clerks and attorneys state-wide.
Judge Keller is an adjunct instructor at West Virginia University; where she has taught graduate classes in the Master of Legal Studies Program since 1999. She teaches both Law & Society (LEGS 630), as well as Family Law (LEGS 710.)