Lisabeth Tabor Hughes
|Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court|
September 10, 2007
|Appointed by||Ernie Fletcher|
|Preceded by||William E. McAnulty Jr.|
|Born||October 1955 (age 60)
Marion, Kentucky, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Louisville
University of Louisville School of Law
Lisabeth Tabor Hughes, (previously Lisabeth Hughes Abramson) (born October 1955) is a justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court and is a nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Early life and education
Born in Marion, Kentucky and raised in Princeton, Kentucky, Hughes received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1977 from the University of Louisville and then received a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 1980 from the University of Louisville School of Law where she served as Executive Editor of the school's law review and was named Outstanding Graduate.
Hughes began her career as an associate at the law firm of Greenebaum Doll & (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP) and later joined the law firm of Hirn Doheny Reed & Harper, where she became a partner in 1994. In 1996, she became a founding partner at the law firm of Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice. While in private practice, Hughes handled a variety of business and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. She served as a Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1997 until 1998 and again after Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed her to the court on June 30, 2006. In 1999, Justice Hughes was appointed and then elected to the Jefferson Circuit Court, where she served for over seven years.
Kentucky Supreme Court service
On September 10, 2007, Fletcher appointed Hughes to the bench in 2007, to fill the vacant seat of the late Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Hughes won reelection in 2008 and was elected without opposition in 2014.
Consideration for Sixth Circuit
In March 2014, the FBI began vetting Hughes for the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that was vacated by Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., who retired in 2013. On March 17, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Justice Hughes to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stating, "Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes has a long and impressive record of service and a history of handing down fair and judicious decisions. She will be a thoughtful and distinguished addition to the Sixth Circuit, and I am extremely pleased to put her forward." 
- "Governor Fletcher Appoints Judge Abramson to Kentucky Supreme Court" Governor Ernie Fletcher's Communications Office Press Release, September 10, 2007
- "Biography". Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- "President Obama Nominates Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals" Houston Style Magazine, March 17, 2016
- "President Obama Nominates Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals" White House, March 17, 2016
- "Local News - The Courier-Journal - courier-journal.com". The Courier-Journal.
- "Kentucky native nominated to serve on U.S. Court of Appeals" Lexington Herald-Leader, March 17, 2016
- "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate" White House, March 17, 2016
William E. McAnulty Jr.
|Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court