Yvette Hourigan was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She graduated from Murray State University and then the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1988. After a clerkship with the (former) Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, she began her litigation career in product liability defense. She opened her own firm in 1998 where she practiced in all areas of civil litigation, including plaintiff’s personal injury work. She has been the director of KYLAP since 2011. KYLAP’s work on lawyer and law student depression and suicide prevention has been featured nationally in The Huffington Post, USA Today, and on television on CNN’s Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield. In 2014, Yvette was awarded the Dave Nee Foundation’s national Uncommon Counselor Award at Lincoln Center. The Uncommon Counselor Award is given annually to one member of the legal profession who exhibits extraordinary compassion and concern for co-workers, family, friends, and community. Yvette is married and lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky.