2024 Dancers

Julianne Tackett

Julianne H. Tackett, or just Julie as most people call her, was born in Mount Sterling and raised in Winchester, Kentucky, hence explaining that ever-present green bottle of Ale-8 in her hand.  She graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in 2000, then moved to Louisville with her family approximately twenty years ago.  Although Winchester is her hometown and will always hold a very special place in her heart, Julie now truly considers Louisville home.   


In 2009, Julie was working a minimum wage job with only a high school diploma when she became pregnant with her daughter. Julie was stalked relentlessly and received horrifically violent death threats throughout her entire pregnancy.  She knew this traumatic experience would either make her or break her… 


With this in mind, Julie enrolled at ITT-Technical Institute for a degree in Paralegal Studies

when her baby was almost a year old.  Julie's legal career aspirations, however, quickly evolved from wanting to be the paralegal to wanting to be the lawyer, thanks undoubtedly in part to two professors that were both lawyers and strong, smart single moms.  Julie graduated with honors, then attended the University of Louisville. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration and a minor in Sociology.  Last, but certainly not least, Julie next earned her law degree (or “Juris Doctorate” if you want to be fancy) at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  During law school, she was a member of the University of Louisville's Law Review, then served as a Notes Editor on the Law Review's Editorial Board. Julie also earned CALI Awards for Lawyering Skills I, Torts II, and Dispute Resolution; clerked for two Jefferson County Judges; served as the Vice President of the law school’s Kentucky Justice Association Group; was on the Executive Board of PALS (Parents Attending Law School); and she was honored to be her mentor’s research assistant during all three years of law school.   


After passing the Bar Exam in 2019, Julie was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She began her legal career at Paul A. Casi, II, P.S.C., a local firm where she clerked during law school.  Julie left this position in 2020 and was subsequently hired as a a Kentucky Litigation Attorney for one of the bigger advertising firms. Nearly three years later, she decided it was time to hang her own shingle. In March 2023, Julie became the very proud managing attorney and owner of Tackett Law Office PLLC.  Her firm handles personal injury cases throughout the state of Kentucky, such as car wrecks, trucking accidents, slip-and-falls, and dog bites. Tackett Law Office PLLC is built on one core principle “you never go wrong treating people right.” 


Outside the courtroom, Julie enjoys spending quality time with her daughter, friends, family, and her dog Willy.  Her other hobbies include watching UK basketball (just don’t try to talk to her when her beloved CATS are playing) as well as crafting, cooking, and gardening. 


Over the past several years, Julie volunteered for Star Duck Charities, a local charity that raises money for St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.  Inspired by this charity work and her own life experiences, Julie just founded her own charity, Dolly B’JULed, in 2023.  It’s named after three of the most influential women in her life:  Dolly Parton and her namesake grandmothers, Julianne Given and Grathel Hall Tackett.  Dolly B’JULed’s mission is to support Mary Hurst through fundraising and donations as well as helping provide items that are desperately needed for the girls there.  This cause is very close to Julie’s heart because she knows that without her family’s support that could very easily be her daughter needing items, or, her, especially as an only parent, needing assistance and a hot meal.  Julie constantly quotes her Dad and one of her favorites has always been “you’ll never truly appreciate what’ve you got if you’re not willing to give.” Let’s Dance Louisville is a unique way to do just that by giving back and helping support Feed My Neighbor.