Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
|Lisabeth Hughes Abramson|
|Current Court Information:|
|Kentucky Supreme Court|
|Position:||4th District seat|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Ernie Fletcher|
|Preceded by:||William McAnulty|
|Past post:||Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Judge, 30th Judicial Circuit|
|Past term 2:||1999-2006|
|Undergraduate:||University of Louisville, 1977|
|Law School:||University of Louisville School of Law, 1980|
|Candidate for:||Kentucky Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Lisabeth Hughes Abramson is an associate justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. She was sworn in on September 10, 2007, after being appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher to the 4th Supreme Court District seat.
- For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Kentucky Supreme Court elections, 2014
- See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
| Abramson ran for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|Lisabeth Hughes Abramson||4th District||55.2%|
|Jim Shake||4th District||44.8%|
Louisville Bar Association ratings
744 members of the Louisville Bar Association rated the two candidates.
|Candidate||Highly qualified||Qualified||Not qualified||Do not know||Not rated|
|Lisabeth Hughes Abramson||65.7%||18.3%||2.2%||8.6%||5.2%|
Federal judicial nomination
In March 2014, it was rumored the FBI was vetting Abramson for a federal seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Though neither Abramson, nor chief justice Minton, commented on rumor, Abramson could have succeeded retired judge Boyce Martin if ultimately nominated by President Barack Obama.
- 2007-2023: Associate justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
- 2006-2007: Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals
- 1999-2006: Judge, 30th Judicial Circuit
- 1997-1998: Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals
Prior to serving as a judge, Abramson practiced law for fifteen years.
Awards and associations
- Past president, University of Louisville School of Law Alumni Council
- Master, Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court
- Trustee, Kentucky Judicial Form Retirement System Board
Dad's paternity dissent
Justice Abramson was one of three justices voting against the majority on the court, in a 4-3 decision, to deny a biological father access to his son. Justice Abramson disagreed with the assertion of the justices in the majority, that the boy in question was better off not knowing who is father was, until a time appointed by his mother and her husband. "Our world is full of inconvenient truths. We accomplish nothing for families, the broader community and our justice system when we deny those truths," she wrote.
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Abramson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.12, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.17 that justices received in Kentucky. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Courts in Kentucky
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- Judicial selection in Kentucky
- Kentucky Supreme Court elections, 2014
- Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
- Kentucky Supreme Court, "Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson"
- Cincinnati.com, "Court: No funding for Baptist school," April 22, 2010
- The Herald Dispatch, "Ky. lawyers, judges discuss how to prevent wrongdoing among attorneys," February 18, 2010
- Kentucky Supreme Court, "Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson," accessed November 17, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Election: 2014 Primary Election: Justice of the Supreme Court," accessed January 29, 2014
- Judicial selection in Kentucky
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," November 26, 2008
- Kentucky Bar Association, "2008 judicial candidate poll results" (dead link)
- Courier-Journal.com, "Kentucky Supreme Court justice in line for Court of Appeals," March 10, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (KY)," accessed November 17, 2014
- Time, "Despite DNA, Dad's Paternity Denied," April 29, 2008
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Joseph Lambert • Wil Schroder (Kentucky judge) • William McAnulty • Thomas Todd (U.S. Supreme Court) • Janet Stumbo •|