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Hon. John S. Palmore

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Background

Employment History

  • Clerk
    Kentucky Court of Appeals
  • Law Clerk
    Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Chief Justice
    Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Judge
  • Chief Justice
    Kentucky Supreme Court

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • University of Louisville Law School
  • Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
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Web References
Donald P. Moloney II | Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC
www.sturgillturner.com, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Law Clerk to Judge John S. Palmore, Kentucky Court of Appeals (then Kentucky's highest court) (1973-1974)
Smith and Helman, Attorneys at Law, Louisville, Kentucky  Staff Attorneys
www.smithhelman.com, 6 May 1999 [cached]
Other Experience: Clerk with the Kentucky Court of Appeals for the Honorable Chief Justice, John S. Palmore; Chairman of Character and Fitness Committee, Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners; Character and Fitness Committee, National Conference of Bar Examiners; appointed Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court.
Judge Palmore ...
bookstore.lexis.com, 8 Jan 2008 [cached]
Judge Palmore
It is widely believed that Judge John S. Palmore has had more impact on the law of the state of Kentucky than has any other judge in this century.During his more than 20 years as a member of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (the state's highest court which then became the Kentucky Supreme Court), Palmore contributed volumes of published opinions to the law of Kentucky.While chief justice, he spearheaded the transition from the antiquated court system to the modern system of courts now in place in Kentucky.Judge Palmore chaired the review commission that supervised the drafting of the current Kentucky Penal Code.
He graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville Law School in 1939, attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration then went into private practice in his home town of Henderson, Kentucky.He was in the Navy and saw active duty in the Pacific arena during WWII.
Judge Palmore served as chief justice in 1966, 1973 and from 1977 to 1982.He remained a member of the state's highest court until he retired in 1982.He retired from private law practice in 1992 and lives in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Bowling Green Kentucky KY Daily News
www.bgdailynews.com, 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.
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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.
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"Maxie had a whole lot to do with my deciding to go to law school to start with," Palmore said.
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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.
1993 Hall of Distinguished Alumni
www.wku.edu, 12 Mar 2001 [cached]
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Judge John S. Palmore
RealVideo Clip ( 1 min.58 sec. ).It has been said that Judge John S. Palmore has probably had more impact on the law of Kentucky than has any other judge during this century.Palmore was chairman of the review commission that supervised the drafting of what is now the Kentucky Penal Code and was chief justice during the transition from the antiquated court system to the modern system of courts now in place in Kentucky.During his 23 years as a member of the state's highest court ( the Kentucky Court of Appeals which then became the Kentucky Supreme Court ) , Palmore contributed more than 800 published opinions to the law of Kentucky.The Bowling Green High School graduate attended Western in 1934-36 before graduating cum laude from the University of Louisville Law School in 1939.He also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.Palmore's private practice in Henderson was interrupted by World War II , where he saw active duty in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.When he returned , Palmore served as city prosecuting attorney in Henderson and Sebree and Commonwealth's attorney before being elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1959.
He remained a member of the state's highest court until he retired in 1982 after 23 years.He served as chief justice in 1966 , 1973 and from 1977 to 1982.He is now senior counsel in the law firm of Jackson & Kelly in Lexington.Palmore was a member of the Board of Regents at Western from 1984-88 and in 1987 he presented his personal and professional papers and the judicial robe he wore for 20 years to the University Libraries at Western.An oil portrait by Judge Robert Short was presented to Palmore during Judge John S. Palmore Day at WKU.
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