Clayton Appointed to Kentucky Court of Appeals

Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Louisville Law graduate Denise Clayton, '76, 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 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 is the first African-American woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Clayton thanked the governor, Judicial Nominating Committee and the legal community as a whole, and stated, "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 (Louisville Law '80) to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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