Obama nominates Kentucky Supreme Court Justice to serve on 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

03/17/2016 08:28 PM

President Obama has nominated state Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Hughes, of Louisville, has served on the Kentucky Supreme Court since 2007, after being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. She won election in Nov. 2008 as the justice form the 4th Supreme Court Dist. in Jefferson County. She was re-elected in Nov. 2014.

“Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes has a long and impressive record of service and a history of handing down fair and judicious decisions,” said President Obama in a statement. “She will be a thoughtful and distinguished addition to the Sixth Circuit, and I am extremely pleased to put her forward.”

Justice Hughes earned her degree with highest honors in 1977 from the University of Louisville and her J.D. magna cum laude in 1980 from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the school’s law review and was named Outstanding Graduate, according to the White House.

She began her career as an associate at the law firm of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP) and later joined the law firm of Hirn Doheny Reed & Harper, where she became a partner in 1994, the White House said in a press release.

Hughes was appointed to Kentucky’s Court of Appeals in 1997, a position she held until 1998. In 1999, Justice Hughes was appointed and then elected to the Jefferson Circuit Court, where she served for over seven years before being re-appointed and later elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2006.

Hughes was born in Marion Co. and raised in Princeton.

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the post as the 6th Dist. it’s the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.


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