Clayton Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

Judge Denise ClaytonOn May 8, 2008, Judge Denise Clayton ('76) was honored with the Louisville Bar Association's Trailblazer Award. The award was developed by the LBA Diversity Task Force to honor those who have made significant strides in promoting diversity in the profession.

Clayton became the first black woman appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2007. She represents the 4th Appellate District, Division 2.

Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Clayton was chief circuit judge for Jefferson County, where she had been a circuit judge for nearly seven years. She was the first black woman to be a Kentucky Circuit Court judge. She had previously served in Jefferson County as a judge for District Court, Family Court and Drug Court.

Clayton began her legal career as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. She spent nine years in private practice and was the Legal Aid Society of Louisville's associate director before becoming a Jefferson County District Court judge in 1996.