Catherine D. Kimball
|Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimble|
|Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court (Place Five)|
January 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.|
|Member of the Louisiana Supreme Court (Place Five)|
January 1, 1992
|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
Catherine D. Kimball, known as Kitty Kimball (born February 7, 1945), is the departing Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 1992, she became the first woman elected to her state's highest court. Before that, in 1983, she was the first female judge in the 18th Judicial District.
Kimball was born 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. A 1963 graduate of Bolton High School in Alexandria, Kimball received her Juris Doctor in 1970 from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She is currently a resident of Ventress, Louisiana.
On January 10, 2010, Justice Kimball had a stroke and underwent post-stroke rehabilitation therapy at the Neuromedical Rehabilitation Hospital in Baton Rouge until her release five weeks later.
Kimball has announced her retirement from the court effective February 1, 2013. Her successor will be the current associate justice 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 began 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.
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