Abramson is sworn in

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently appointed Kentucky's newest Supreme Court justice, former Court of Appeals judge Lisabeth Hughes Abramson.

Abramson was sworn in Monday and takes over the seat vacated by the late William McAnulty, who recently passed away after battling cancer.

"Justice Abramson is superbly qualified for her new role," Chief Justice Joseph Lambert said. "She is an outstanding scholar and an experienced judge of the Circuit Court and the Court of Appeals."

According to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, McAnulty urged Abramson to seek the position before he died.

"There's an element of sadness, because of a good friend's life being cut short," she said, according to the report.

Abramson, a Democrat, told the Courier-Journal she will run next year when a special election that will determine who fills out the remaining six years of McAnulty's term is held.

Abramson was a Court of Appeals judge from 1997-1998 before McAnulty knocked her off in an election, but she was appointed to a spot on that court on June 30, 2006. She was elected to the same position later that year.

Between her stops at the Court of Appeals, she was a Jefferson County Circuit Judge. She also practiced law for 15 years after graduating from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980, where she was named Outstanding Graduate of her class. She concentrated her practice on business and commercial litigation.

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