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John Knox Mills, J.D.
Associate Professor

G Bowlin

Mr. Mills is an Associate Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice. He recently retired as judge of the 27TH Judicial Circuit, Knox and Laurel counties, after serving as Circuit (and previously District) Judge for over twenty years. Mr. Mills is also a Colonel in the Kentucky Army National Guard, where he serves as Military Judge and Deputy State Judge Advocate. His unit was mobilized in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom and in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina. In 2007 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and served as the officer in charge of Iraqi Security Forces, Detainee Operations.

Mr. Mills earned his Bachelors’ Degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and his Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  He has completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course and has taken extensive coursework at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. In recent years he has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Union College.

Mr. Mills and his wife have three children.