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Lisabeth Hughes Abramson Profile


Location: Frankfort, KY

Lisabeth Hughes Abramson was sworn in as a justice for the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Sept. 10, 2007, after being appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. She represents Jefferson County, which is the 4th Supreme Court District.

Justice Abramson comes to the state's highest court after serving on the Kentucky Court of Appeals for the second time in her career. She was appointed on June 30, 2006, to fill a vacancy in Division 2 of the 4th Appellate District and subsequently elected to that position in November 2006. She first served as a Court of Appeals judge from 1997 to 1998, following an appointment by then Gov. Paul Patton.

From January 1999 until her 2006 appointment to the Court of Appeals, Justice Abramson served as a circuit judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Jefferson County.

Justice Abramson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, graduating in 1977 with highest honors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980 and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her law school class. Before serving as a judge, she practiced law for 15 years, concentrating on business and commercial litigation. Justice Abramson currently serves as immediate past president of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Alumni Council and is a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations. She also serves as a trustee for the Kentucky Judicial Form Retirement System Board and is a frequent lecturer for the Kentucky Circuit Judges Judicial College. She is a member of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2007.

Justice Abramson is a native of Princeton. She and her husband, Professor Leslie W. Abramson, have three sons.

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