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Judge John S. Palmore

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Supreme Court Chief Justice

Local Address: Kentucky, United States

Employment History

  • Kentucky Court of Appeals
  • Chief Justice
    Kentucky Supreme Court

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Regents


  • Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
28 Total References
Web References
Kevin G. Henry | Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC, 27 May 2013 [cached]
Law Clerk to Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John S. Palmore (1978-79)
Bowling Green Kentucky KY Daily News, 16 Nov 2003 [cached]
John Palmore, now 85 and a Frankfort resident, served 23 years on Kentucky's highest court.His book, "An Opinionated Career: Memoirs of a Kentucky Judge," should appear in bookstores in Bowling Green, Henderson, Owensboro and Louisville within the next month, he said.
"This book will be of interest mostly to people who are lawyers or interested in politics," Palmore said.
Any money the book makes above its publication costs will be donated to the Kentucky Bar Foundation, he said.
Palmore was chief justice when ground was broken for the Kentucky Bar Center and said he has always had an interest in the welfare of the association.His wife, Carol, was president of the bar foundation several years ago, and he's a lifetime member.
Long before he entered the judicial system, Palmore spent formative years in Warren County.
"I grew up in Bowling Green," he said."I lived there from 1929 to 1936.I was in the class of 1934 at Bowling Green High School.Some of my old friends are still living there."
Bowling Green resident Maxie Harmon, one of Palmore's "best and oldest friends," just died a few months ago.
"Maxie had a whole lot to do with my deciding to go to law school to start with," Palmore said.
Palmore spent two years at Western Kentucky University before going on to the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.He graduated cum laude from there in 1939, then went to Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration.
He joined the National Guard in Bowling Green and spent his 19th birthday on maneuvers at Fort Knox.Palmore then left his private law practice in Henderson to serve with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.Later, he became city prosecuting attorney in Henderson and Sebree and commonwealth's attorney in Henderson County.
In 1959, Palmore was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals - the state's highest court, renamed the Kentucky Supreme Court in 1975 - where he remained until retiring in 1982.He served three times as chief justice: in 1966, in 1973 and from 1977 to 1982.
Palmore was a member of the Board of Regents at Western from 1984 to 1988.He received the Brandeis Medal in 1987 from his old law school and was named a U of L Alumni Fellow in 1993.The Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists gave him The First Prize, offered to defenders of press freedom.
In his service as a judge, Palmore "has probably had more impact on the law of Kentucky than has any other judge during this century," WKU announced at his 1993 induction to the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Palmore chaired the review commission that drafted the Kentucky Penal Code and his tenure as chief justice spanned a time of tremendous change in Kentucky courts.He wrote more than 800 published opinions in his time on the bench.
In retirement, Palmore turned his writing talents to history.
"I started writing some years ago, just my family memoirs," he said.
Donald P. Moloney II | Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC, 27 May 2013 [cached]
Law Clerk to Judge John S. Palmore, Kentucky Court of Appeals (then Kentucky's highest court) (1973-74)
The very special history of our ..., 3 Feb 2012 [cached]
The very special history of our Palmore shirt comes directly from Carrie's father, Dale: Judge John Palmore is a retired Chief Justice of The Kentucky Supreme Court. He is a renowned legal scholar and one of the most distinguished jurists in the state's history. On the human side, his affection for his long chain of Labrador Retrievers is only exceeded by his abiding love for his wife, Carol. Judge Palmore has, for over fifty years, been a hunting buddy, a fellow field trial participant, a dear friend/mentor, and, in general, a source of love and emotional support to our family. Not only have we been influenced by his character, his broad interests, and his intellect, but his classic personal style as well.
Butler Books Online Store: Full Catalog, 18 Aug 2008 [cached]
In his autobiography, Judge John S. Palmore writes about his rich and varied life, from high school and World War II through his position as chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, with the wit and good humor for which he is well known.
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