Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Judge Abramson to Kentucky Supreme Court

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 10, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Judge Lisabeth Hughes Abramson will succeed Justice William McAnulty

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today appointed Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Lisabeth Hughes Abramson, of Louisville, to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Abramson fills the vacant seat of the late Justice William McAnulty.

“Judge Abramson brings with her the knowledge and ability to fill the very large void left by the passing of Justice McAnulty,” said Governor Fletcher. “I appreciate her willingness to serve in this very important capacity.”

A native of Princeton, Judge Abramson is a graduate of University of Louisville, where she received her bachelor’s degree with highest honors, her juris doctorate magna cum laude and was named the outstanding graduate of her law school class. She served as a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1997 to 1998 and again starting with her appointment by Governor Fletcher on June 30, 2006.

Judge Abramson currently serves as immediate past president of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law Alumni Council, and is a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville bar associations. She also serves as a trustee for the Kentucky Judicial Form Retirement System Board and a lecturer for the Kentucky Circuit Judges Judicial College. Judge Abramson is a member of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2007 and a former member of the Kentucky Circuit Court Judges Association Education Committee. Judge Abramson and her husband, Professor Leslie W. Abramson, have three sons.

“I am honored that Governor Fletcher has appointed me to succeed Justice McAnulty in service to the people of Jefferson County and the Commonwealth,” said Judge Abramson. “I look forward to participating in the important work of the court.”

“Judge Abramson is among the finest judges in Kentucky,” said Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert. “I have long admired her work. She will make an outstanding Supreme Court justice and will contribute greatly to the work of the court. I appreciate Governor Fletcher for having promptly made this outstanding appointment.”

“Judge Abramson is an excellent choice for this appointment,” said retired Supreme Court Justice Martin E. Johnstone. “Not only does she possess the independence, intellect and work ethic to succeed on Kentucky’s highest court, but she was also Justice McAnulty’s choice to complete his term when he retired.”

“I was delighted to learn of Justice Abramson’s appointment,” said retired Court of Appeals Judge Tom Emberton. “When I served with her, she was one of the brightest and most capable judges on the Court.”

Judge Abramson will serve until a special election is held in 2008.