Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Court of Appeals Judge for 4th Appellate District

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Denise Clayton accepts appointment

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Denise Clayton, of Louisville, as Court of Appeals judge for the 4th Appellate District, Division 2.

Clayton most recently served as a judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court, where she also was chosen by her colleagues to serve as chief judge. She received a bachelor’s degree from The Defiance College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Clayton is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit. Clayton was selected by her colleagues as president-elect of the Judicial College-Circuit Court. She and her husband, Ronald Lee Clayton, have two children. Clayton is the first African-American woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

“I appreciate the time, consideration and attention that Governor Fletcher devoted in making this appointment,” said Clayton. “I thank the Governor as well as the Judicial Nominating Committee, the legal community and community at large.  I am humbled by the appointment and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.”

The 4th Appellate District, Division 2, is in Jefferson County.  The seat was left vacant following the appointment of Justice Lisabeth Abramson to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Clayton will serve until a special election for the seat is held in November 2008.