Alan Cooke Kay

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Alan Cooke Kay (born July 5, 1932) is an American lawyer and judge. He serves as judge on the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.


Kay was born in 1932 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was Harold Thomas Kay (1896–1976) and mother was Anna Frances Cooke (1903–1956). His maternal grandfather was Clarence Hyde Cooke (1876–1944), great grandparents Anna Rice Cooke (1853–1934) and Charles Montague Cooke (1849–1909), and great-great grandfathers include William Harrison Rice (1813–1863) and Amos Starr Cooke (1810–1871). He had two children from his first wife Noel Emily Murchie, and one from his second wife Patricia Eileen Patmont.[1]

He attended Princeton University where he got an A.B. in 1957 and the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law where he received a LL.B., 1960.

He served as a U.S. Marine Corps Corporal, 1953–1955, was in private practice in Honolulu 1960-1986, and was director of the Legal Aid Society in Honolulu 1968-1971.

Kay was nominated by Ronald Reagan on July 3, 1986, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 on the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 12, 1986, and received his commission on September 15, 1986. Served as chief judge, 1991–1999 and assumed senior status on January 2, 2000.[2]

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  1. ^ "Family forest for Thomas Emerson" (PDF). October 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ Kay, Alan Cooke profile from the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges of the Federal Judicial Center.