Lisabeth Tabor Hughes

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Lisabeth Hughes
Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court
Assumed office
September 10, 2007
Appointed by Ernie Fletcher
Preceded by William E. McAnulty Jr.
Personal details
Born October 1955 (age 61–62)
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 the Deputy Chief Justice[1] of the Kentucky Supreme Court and is a former nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Marion, Kentucky and raised in Princeton, Kentucky,[2] 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.[3][4][5]

Professional career[edit]

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.[2][4][5]

Kentucky Supreme Court service[edit]

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.[2] Hughes won reelection in 2008 and was elected without opposition in 2014.[4][5] Hughes was named Deputy Chief Justice by Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. on February 3, 2017. [6]

Consideration for Sixth Circuit[edit]

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.[7] 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." [8][9] Her nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

See also[edit]


Legal offices
Preceded by
William E. McAnulty Jr.
Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court