Samuel Steinfeld, former state chief justice, dies at 101

Former Kentucky Chief Justice Samuel Steinfeld died November 22, 2007, at the age of 101.

Steinfeld was born inĀ 1906. He was raisedĀ  in Louisville and graduated in 1924 from Male High School. He graduated from the University of Louisville law school in 1928.

Steinfeld served on the Court of Appeals from 1967 to 1975 and became chief justice in 1972. During that time, the Court of Appeals was Kentucky's highest court. The court system was reorganized a in 1975 when a constitutional amendment added an intermediary appeals court and the highest court became the Kentucky Supreme Court. While Steinfeld officially retired from the bench in 1975, he continued to serve as a special judge in Jefferson Circuit Court until 1985 as well as in some appointments in U.S. District Court.

Steinfeld also taught courses at U of L's law school, where he was active in alumni associations. He served as a trustee and president of the alumni association and the Law Alumni Foundation.