Judge Easton was elected to the Court of Appeals, Division 2 of District 2, in November 2022. Before election to the Court of Appeals, Judge Easton served as a circuit judge for the Hardin Circuit Court for more than 22 years. He served as the Chief Regional Circuit Judge of the Green River Region for 19 years.
After spending the first part of his childhood in Larue County, Judge Easton has lived in Hardin County since. Judge Easton earned a B.A. degree with a double major in Political Science and Psychology at the University of Kentucky (one year at Elizabethtown Community College), graduating Phi Beta Kappa. After completing a graduate course as an English Speaking Union summer scholar at Oxford University in England, he attended the University of Kentucky, College of Law, graduating Order of the Coif.
Judge Easton practiced law in Louisville and Hardin County, including service as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. He was president of the Hardin County Bar Association for multiple terms. In 2000, he was appointed as the first judge of Division III of the Hardin Circuit Court, serving in that capacity until taking office as a Court of Appeals judge. As a circuit judge, Judge Easton participated as a drug court and mental health court judge. For the last few years of his circuit court service, Judge Easton served as chairperson of the Circuit Judges Education Committee. In addition to distinguished alumni awards, Judge Easton is a Paul Harris Fellow and was chosen for the Distinguished Judge Award for 2021 by the Kentucky Bar Association.
An avid historian, genealogist, and writer, Judge Easton is involved with various non-profit organizations, such as the Hardin County History Museum and the restoration of the Joseph Holt Home in Breckinridge County. Judge Easton uses his truly amateur acting skills portraying Judge Holt, President James Buchanan, and others who once lived in Elizabethtown as part of a summer historical walking tour.
Judge Easton is a member of the Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove, where he has served as a trustee, deacon, moderator, Bible study teacher, and a tenor in the choir.