Louisville Community Mourns the Loss of Justice McAnulty
The Louisville legal community was saddened to learn of the passing of Justice William E. McAnulty on August 23. The University of Louisville Law School will observe a moment of silence at noon today, August 24, to remember Justice McAnulty.
McAnulty, a graduate of Louisville's law school, was the first African American to serve on Kentucky's Supreme Court. Justice McAnulty has served at all four levels of the state court system and started his judicial career as a Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge in 1975. He was elected to Jefferson District Court in November 1977, where he served until his election to Jefferson Circuit Court in November 1983. He briefly returned to private practice in January 1990 as a partner in a law firm and then returned to the Circuit Court in 1993. In 1998, he served as chief judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court until he was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 1998 to represent the 4th Appellate District. He came to the Supreme Court from the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2006.