Teresa Logsdon's life, a mix of law and order

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By Becca Owsley

Teresa Logsdon knew in the sixth grade she wanted to be a lawyer and never let anything get in the way of her dream.

Her dream career led to becoming an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in January.

When she was young, she never stopped to question how she would pay for it, even though her family didn’t have the financial means at the time. She knew if anyone else had seen her financial situation they would have told her college and law school were impossible.

She remembers lying awake at night her senior year at Murray State University wondering how she was going to pay for law school. But through it all, she just knew she would get it done.

“If you want something bad enough you can make it happen,” she said.

Now, at age 39, she tries to instill that idea in her two children, Lainey, 6, and Elliott, 2.

Logsdon also wants them to know where they came from and how their family’s humble beginnings is different from the life they enjoy today.

Growing up in Grayson County, both sets of her grandparents were dairy farmers. Her mom grew up in a four-room house that had no running water. The bathroom was an outhouse. Regardless, Logsdon’s memories of visiting their farm are some of her favorites.

“That’s special to me because I think it helps me relate to all kinds of different people,” she said.

Part of her job is to put herself in other people’s shoes and try to figure things out, she said. Because of her modest upbringing, Logsdon can empathize dealing with cases concerning those who have little. She finds it helpful in dependence, abuse and neglect court.

She hopes her kids will appreciate all walks of life.

“It’s not about what you have, it’s about who you have in your life,” she said.

Logsdon said her children have made her life complete and it’s hard to imagine life without them.

“Lainey is so witty, we call her quotes Lainey-isms,” she said. “Elliott lights up a room with his smile and is the spitting image of my dad and brother.”

She has a mother and child necklace she’s worn since Lainey was born and said being a mom is the best job title she can have.

Logsdon also wants her kids to know love and the value of hard work.

“My family is lucky to have a great support network of immediate family and close friends,” she said.

This support network includes family, friends, former law partners and sorority sisters.

“All that translates into a strong support system for my children and a strong support system for my own mental health with my new job,” she said.

Her work at the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office has been busy from day one.

“It’s like real life ‘Law and Order’ around here every day and you can’t predict your day,” she said. “It has a rhyme and a reason like most things but a lot of time it’s fluid.”

Some days during peak times, she’s a mom from 5 to 8 a.m., then works from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a mom again from 5 to 8 p.m. and then works again from 8 to 11 p.m. She tried to make sure the time she does have with her kids is the best time that she can have.

She misses the relationships she had at her previous law firm, now called Lonneman, Blair and Burnette. Co-worker Dawn Blair is her best friend, she said.

“Personally, it was a blessing to work with my best friend for 13 years,” Blair said. “Life around the office is not the same since she left.”

Blair said Logsdon’s departure from the office was bittersweet.

“She is an excellent advocate for children and this new job allows her to do what she loves and be a tremendous asset to this community,” Blair said.

While leaving her job with Blair was like leaving family, Logsdon likes the opportunity to focus on one type of law in her work with juvenile court.

To deal with the difficult cases regarding children, she’s able to separate herself from it. She said she’s built in a way to keep those difficult cases at work.

She deals with it by saying she can only do the best with the facts she’s been given and walk away. If she didn’t try to keep it separate, Logsdon said, she’d be a basket case.

“Somebody has to do it but I’m able to compartmentalize,” she said.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Getting to know Teresa Logsdon:

Favorite musical artists:  Bette Midler, Kenny Chesney, Pink
“Eclectic blend, I know,” she said.
Favorite sports teams: New York Mets and University of Kentucky basketball
Favorite things to do with her children: Play on their playground or go to the zoo
Favorite movie: “Beaches”
Interesting fact about Logsdon that no one would argue about: “I'm a neat freak. Take after my mom, a bit obsessive compulsive about it.”
Hobbies: Running, cycling
Pets: Two dogs and a cat
Favorite number: Thirteen; she loves odd numbers and is big fan of her age, 39. She loves numbers, even though her job requires more right-brain thinking.
Community activities: President of Hardin County Bar Association, involved in Teen Court, former Divorce Clinic coordinator, Model Court Steering Committee for Family Court, Kids in Court Committee.
Philanthropy: She’s passionate about raising money for cancer research and children's issues. She participated in the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer, supports Susan G. Komen and participates in Junior Achievement events including Penguin Plunge and the 5K.