Rene Heinrich is a 2000 graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and a 1995 Honors graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, holding degrees in English, Speech, and Theater. Born in Rosenheim, Germany and fluent in conversational German, Rene was primarily raised in Mt. Sterling and Richmond, Kentucky. Following college, Rene worked at the Cincinnati Ballet Company and New York Stage and Film. After entering law school, Rene assistant-directed the Drama Desk, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-award winning Broadway production of Side Man that turned out to be Rene’s last professional job in the theater. She is licensed to practice law in all courts in the Commonwealth.
Rene has served as an appointed Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Parole Board.
In her home of Highland Heights, Rene has served multiple terms as a council member, as a member of Planning and Zoning Committee, and as a Member of the Board of Adjustments Committee. She served on the prior Comprehensive Plan Committee and on the 2012 Comprehensive Plan Committee. She was instrumental in the City’s hiring of an economic development professional and the development of TIFF districts in the City. Statewide, Rene has been accepted into the 2016 Emerge class, an organization that seeks to empower women candidates to run for office. Rene will continue to serve on the Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board in Frankfort until 2018 per appointment by Governor Beshear, and was appointed by Supreme Court Justice Noble to the Family Court Rules Committee in 2012.
Rene has represented victims of sexual and other abuse including those occurring at nursing homes. She also represents James Yates and Will Smith, two men who were denied access to their marriage license by clerk Kim Davis. She has recently been asked to speak on the topic by both Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Equal Justice Family Law Task Force. A long-time advocate for children, Rene has represented over a thousand through her court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem roles in Kenton and Campbell counties. She serves on the Board of the Elizabeth Lulu Foundation, giving scholarships to children stricken by Cystic Fibrosis, and has served as the Communication Chair at First Christian Church in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. More importantly than all the rest, Rene has been happily married to Jack Hering for 19 years. Together, they have raised his three daughters from a prior marriage and are raising their 3 children. Rene looks forward to continuing her service to the Commonwealth she and her family call home.
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