Catherine D. Kimball
|Catherine D. Kimball|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Louisiana Supreme Court|
|Succeeded by:||Jefferson Hughes|
|Past position:||18th Judicial District, Louisiana|
|Law School:||Louisiana State University, 1970|
With the retirement on December 31, 2008 of former chief justice Pascal Calogero, Kimball became the justice with the most seniority on the court and on January 1, 2009, she became the Chief Justice, a position that automatically goes to the justice with the longest tenure on the court. She was the court's first female chief justice.
Kimball had a stroke on January 10, 2010 and underwent post-stroke rehabilitation therapy at the Neuromedical Rehabilitation Hospital in Baton Rouge until her release on February 19, 2010. According to a statement from the Supreme Court, Kimball "continues to progress in her recovery, and will now undergo several weeks of continued post-stroke rehabilitation therapy on an out-patient basis". 
- 1992 - 2013 Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court
- 1990 - 1992 Chief Judge, 18th Distric Court, Division A
- 1982 - 1990 Judge, 18th District Court, Division A
- 1975 - 1982 Attorney
- 1973 - 1981 General Counsel, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
- 1971 - 1973 Special Counsel, Louisiana Attorney General's Office
- 1970 Law Clerk to Judge Nauman S. Scott, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
Awards and Associations
- 2009 LSU Women’s Center Esprit de Femme Award
- 2008 Judge of the Year Award, Louisiana CASA Association
- 2007 Named one of the Top 100 in Baton Rouge by the Baton Rouge Business Report
- 2006 Distinguished Jurist Award, Louisiana Bar Foundation
- 2006 Received the Crimestoppers Special Award for Commitment to Community, Southeast Louisiana Criminal Justice Recovery Task Force
- 2006 Inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame
- 2003 Received an Ambassador for Children Award from the Louisiana CASA Association
- 2002 Louisiana CASA Association President’s Award
- 1997 Honored as one of the Top 25 Women of Achievement by the Baton Rouge Business Report
- Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
- Member, American Judicature Society
- Member, State-Federal Judicial Council
- Member, Wex Malone American Inns of Court
- Member, COSCA/NACM National Association for Court Management
- Chair, Louisiana Supreme Court Case Management Information System Task Force
- Chair, Louisiana Supreme Court Technology Committee
- Chair, Southeast Louisiana Criminal Justice Recovery Task Force
- Chair, Judicial Budgetary Control Board
- Founder, Sunshine Foundation
- Board Member, Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission
- Member, Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission
- Member, U.S. Department of Justice National Integration Resource Center Task Force
- Chair of the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System Policy Board
- Member, Leadership Louisiana, Class of 1999
- Member, Louisiana Children’s Cabinet
- Member, Judicial Council
- Member, Ethics Committee, 2001
- Member, Louisiana Protective Order Registry (LPOR)
- Supreme Court Liaison to the Louisiana Legislature
- Supreme Court Liaison to District Judges’ Association
On Discrimination and Equal Protection
Justice Kimball concurred in the majority opinion of the Court, which concluded that a mother who exposed her children to her lesbian relationship was not entitled to keep custody of those children.
Justice Kimball concurred in the majority opinion of the Court, which concluded a white district attorney should have recused himself from the prosecution of "The Jena 6," six African-American high school students who attacked a white student, because his past behavior indicated a bias towards vigorous prosecution of blacks, and insufficient prosecution of whites.
Justice Kimball concurred in the dissenting opinion of Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll. In doing so, he dissented from the majority opinion, written by Justice Bernette J. Johnson, which found that a prosecutor consciously and impermissibly took race into account where he, in a death penalty case with a black defendant who was convicted of first degree murder, failed to select a black juror who had filed a discrimination lawsuit against the state for "institutional discrimination."
On Government Accountability
Justice Johnson dissented from the majority opinion of Justice John L. Weimer, which imposed a 30 day suspension on Justice of the Peace Myrty Alfonso for her extreme abuse of power in having a neighbor against whom she harbored ill-will arrested and incarcerated for a night without probable cause.
On Personal Responsibility
Justice Kimball concurred in majority opinion of Justice Jeffrey P. Victory, which held, over the dissent of Justices Chet D. Traylor and Jeannette Theriot Knoll, that the State of Louisiana Department of Social Services was required to "make reasonable efforts to assist [a] parent in finding suitable housing before it may seek to terminate parental rights."
Justice Kimball concurred in the majority opinion of Justice Bernette J. Johnson, which held that a Government Agency Order requiring cell phone providers to pay into a fund for setting up rural phone service was a permissible "fee" rather than an unconstitutionally impermissible "tax," even though the eventual effect of these fees would be to pass on the costs to cell phone users rather than the general public.
Justice Kimball wrote the majority opinion for the Court, which, over the strong dissenting opinion of Justice Chet D. Traylor, held that a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan (1) did not constitute a gratuitous handout, loan, or donation of public funds to a private entity where it used public funds to construct a retail development and accompanying infrastructure for Cabela's Retail Center; (2) could be funded through the issuance of municipal bonds pursuant to Louisiana's TIF statute; and (3) did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution where it handed out public funds to Cabela's, a private retailer, but not to already-existing, smaller local retailers.
On Term Limits
The majority opinion of Justice Catherine D. Kimball, which, over the dissent of Bernette J. Johnson held that, under Louisiana's Term Limits law, Article 3, Section 4(E) of the Louisiana Constitution, Democrat state senator Cleo Fields was precluded from running for re-election where he had been elected to finish the term of a resigned predecessor in office, and then elected to two subsequent terms, since he had served long enough to constitute the maximum "two and one-half terms," under Louisiana's term limits laws. In reaching this conclusion, the court explicitly refused to apply a statute, passed by the legislature, intended to circumvent Article 3, Section 4(E) of the Louisiana Constitution and keep Mr. Fields in office.
On Tort Reform
Over the strong dissenting opinion of Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, the majority opinion, written by Justice Pascal Calogero, in which Justice Kimball concurred, held (1) that limitations on the legal liability of Louisiana health care providers, as set forth in the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act could be circumvented by an ordinary negligence cause of action; and (2) that such a cause of action was permissible where a New Orleans hospital lost power during Hurricane Katrina, resulting in the death of a patient on life support.
- Louisiana Supreme Court Biography
- Baton Rouge Bar Association Supreme Court judicial forum.
- State of Louisiana v. Patrick Kennedy
- Kimball's campaign website
- Justice Kimball Project Vote Smart bio
- Running for Office: Louisiana Supreme Court District 5, Kimball
- Talk of the Town, September 14, 2008
- "The Louisiana Supreme Court in Question: An Empirical and Statistical Study of the Effects of Campaign Money on the Judicial Function"
- Supreme Court: 'Let us govern ourselves'
- ↑ The Advertiser, "Kimball to step down as Louisiaan Supreme Court Chief Justice," April 18, 2012
- ↑ The Town Talk, "La. Supreme Court Justice Kimball of Alexandria looks forward to retirement", October 22, 2012
- ↑ The Advocate "Justice Kimball released from hospital", February 22, 2010
- ↑ WAFB "Chief justice released from hospital", February 22, 2010
- ↑ NOLA.com, "Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kimball says she will return to court in December", July 25, 2010
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Chief Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball (LA)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Lousiana Supreme Court, Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball
- ↑ Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Results 10/4/08
|Former||James Dennis • John Fournet • Pascal Calogero • Chet Traylor • Edward Douglass White • Catherine D. Kimball • Revius Ortique, Jr. • Albert Tate, Jr. • Peter Beer •|