Catherine D. Kimball
|Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimble|
|Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court|
January 12, 2009 – February 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Bernette Joshua Johnson|
|Member of the Louisiana Supreme Court (Place Five)|
January 1, 1993 – February 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Luther F. Cole|
|Succeeded by||Jefferson D. Hughes, III|
|Judge of the 18th Judicial District in Louisiana|
February 7, 1945 |
Alexandria, Rapides Parish
|Spouse(s)||Clyde W. Kimball|
Pointe Coupee Parish
|Alma mater||Bolton High School
She began her judicial career in her native Alexandria, Louisiana, as a law clerk to Judge Nauman Scott of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
Kimball graduated in 1963 from Bolton High School in Alexandria in Rapides Parish. She is married to Clyde W. Kimball, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and a deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. In 1970, Kimball received her Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She resides with her husband in Ventress in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Kimball retired from the court effective February 1, 2013. Her successor is Bernette Joshua Johnson, an African-American Democrat from New Orleans. Under the Louisiana Constitution, the longest-serving associate justice succeeds to the position of chief justice if a vacancy occurs in the higher position prior to the next election. Johnson's service dates to 1994 when she was elected to a circuit judgeship but then appointed to the Supreme Court under a federal consent decree which temporarily increased the number of justices from seven to eight. The number two in seniority, Jeffrey P. Victory of Shreveport, a white Democrat-turned-Republican, had maintained that he is the rightful successor to Kimball because he was elected to the Supreme Court in 1994 while he was already a circuit court judge. Victory did not begin his current all-elected service on the state Supreme Court in January 1995. After a legal challenge, the federal courts ruled Johnson the successor to Kimball.
- Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball biography at Louisiana Supreme Court official website (accessed May 27, 2010)
- "Kimball to take oath as 1st female chief justice" - 2 The Advocate
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- "Judge becomes 4th candidate for Cole's Supreme Court seat" - The Advocate
- "Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice released from hospital", AP in New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 23, 2010.
- "Race tinges debate over next La. chief justice". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.
|Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
Bernette Joshua Johnson