Tragedy to Triumph

The Judge of Compassion - Kim Burke

Episode Summary

On this special episode, Judge Kim Burke with Hamilton County Drug Court shares her amazing story of compassion and guidance. Simply put, she had hope for me when I didn't have any and helped save my life from the disasters of addiction.

Episode Notes

Episode 57: The Judge of Compassion - Kim Burke

As Drug Court judge, Judge Kim Burke has provided a second chance to over 2,200 graduates suffering from substance abuse issues including me.  

Judge Burke has been Hamilton County's drug court judge since 2001. Established in 1995, Hamilton County has the first and only full-time drug court in the state of Ohio, and one of the oldest drug courts in the United States.

Judge Kim Burke has spent time as a faculty member of the National Judicial College where she taught a course to fellow judges on substance abuse issues. She was also appointed to be a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Specialized Dockets, where she helped create standards for Ohio judges who wish to create or preside over a drug, mental health, DUI, or other type of treatment court.  

 Prior to her time as the Drug Court judge, Judge Kim Burke was a judge on the Hamilton County Municipal Court and a magistrate in Hamilton County Juvenile Court. Before her career on the bench, Judge Burke began her legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney and spent time as a litigator for a large Cincinnati law firm.


If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please call me directly at 513-454-4769.