Kacey Chappelear joined the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence in 2018. Kacey Chappelear joined the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence in 2018. Kacey is currently an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She is a Project Safe Childhood AUSA and works on cases involving child exploitation. Kacey began her legal career at the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio. She was a member of the Special Victims Unit for the majority of her time there. As an SVU prosecutor, she handled felony sexual assault cases, child pornography and exploitation cases, child abuse and felony injury domestic violence cases, and domestic violence and child homicides.
In Columbus, Kacey was an advisory board member for Advocating Opportunity, a non-profit organization which provides legal services and whole person advocacy for trafficked and exploited persons. Kacey has been active in the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Section of both the CBA and the OSBA. She is a former chair of the Criminal Law Section of the CBA, and of the Women in the Profession Section of the OSBA. She was a member of the Task Force on Gender Fairness for the OSBA.
In 2016, Kacey was selected to be one of Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40, she won the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award for the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and won the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40. She has previously received the Columbus Bar Association’s President’s Award. In law school she won the Dean’s Special Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the College of Law and the Public Service Award with Dean’s Highest Honors.
Kacey currently lives in Mobile, Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.