Bench & Bar

JUL 2018

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| JULY/AUGUST 2018 44 J UDGE DENISE G. CLAYTON of Jefferson County was sworn in as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals at a ceremony June 20 at the Jefferson County Judicial Center in Louisville. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. performed the swearing in, administering the oath of office to Judge Clayton. Judge Clayton was officially sworn in as chief judge June 1 in Louisville and her term began that day. Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, who also serves Jefferson County, performed the official swearing in and served as master of ceremonies at the ceremonial event June 20. Court of Appeals Judge Joy A. Kramer, whom Judge Clayton succeeds as chief judge, pro- vided remarks, as did Jefferson Chief Circuit Court Judge Brian C. Edwards. Judge Clayton also addressed attendees. Judge Clayton was elected by her fellow Court of Appeals judges to be chief judge and will serve in the role for two years. e chief judge provides administrative oversight to the Court of Appeals. She is the first black judge to serve as the chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She became the first black woman on the Court of Appeals when she took the bench in October 2007. She was appointed and subsequently elected to serve the 2 nd Division of Kentucky's 4 th Appellate District, which is Jefferson County. BAR NEWS Judge Clayton Sworn In as Chief Judge of Kentucky Court of Appeals on June 20 BY: JAMIE NEAL, PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS Judge Denise G. Clayton is sworn in as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. at a ceremony June 20 in Louisville. She is the f irst black judge to serve as the court's chief judge. Judge Denise G. Clayton poses next to the name plate reflecting her new posi- tion as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. e photo was taken in the Appellate Courtroom of the Jefferson County Judicial Center on the day of her swearing-in ceremony June 20. Photo Credit: Jim Hoffmann, AOC Office of Public Information

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