List of first minority male lawyers and judges in Kentucky

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This is a list of the first minority male lawyer(s) and judge(s) in Kentucky. It includes the year in which the men were admitted to practice law (in parentheses). Also included are men who achieved other distinctions such becoming the first in their state to obtain a law degree or become a political figure.

Firsts in state history[edit]

Amul Thapar: First South Asian American male Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (2007)

Lawyer[edit]

  • Nathaniel Harper (1871):[1][2] First African American male lawyer in Kentucky

Judicial Officers[edit]

State[edit]

Judges[edit]
  • Nathaniel Harper (1871):[1][2] First African American male judge in Kentucky (1888)
  • David Holton:[3] First blind male judge in Kentucky (2008)
Circuit Court[edit]
  • Benjamin Shobe:[4] First African American male appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court in Kentucky (1976)
Supreme Court[edit]

Federal[edit]

District Court[edit]
  • Amul Thapar (1994):[7] First South Asian American male appointed as a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (2007)

Assistant Attorney General[edit]

  • Darryl T. Owens:[8] First African American male to serve as the Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky

Bar Association[edit]

Firsts in local history[edit]

Alphabetized by county name

Fayette County[edit]

  • James Chiles (1890):[10] First African American male lawyer in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Gary D. Payne:[11] First African American male judge in Fayette County, Kentucky (1988)

Jefferson County[edit]

  • Benjamin Shobe:[4] First African American male appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court in Jefferson County, Kentucky (1976)

See also[edit]

Other topics of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Klotter, Freda C. Faces of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 081317175X.
  2. ^ a b Kleber, John E. (2015-01-13). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813159010.
  3. ^ Riley, Jason. "Kentucky's first blind judge, David Holton, to retire next month". Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  4. ^ a b Burgin, Steve (2016-01-30). "Jefferson County's first African-American circuit judge dies at 95". WLKY. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  5. ^ Smith, Gerald L.; McDaniel, Karen Cotton; Hardin, John A. (2015-07-16). The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813160665.
  6. ^ America, United States of. Congressional Record - Proceedings and Debates of the 110th Congress - First Session. Government Printing Office.
  7. ^ "Judge Amul Thapar | Faculty | Law School | Vanderbilt University". law.vanderbilt.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  8. ^ Smith, Gerald L.; McDaniel, Karen Cotton; Hardin, John A. (2015-07-16). The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813160665.
  9. ^ Bench & Bar. The Association. 1999.
  10. ^ "Black History Month: James Chiles | ADU". www.adu.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  11. ^ People - Gary D. Payne. Johnson Publishing Company. 1989-04-10.