, 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
"This book will be of interest mostly to people who are lawyers or interested in politics," Palmore
Any money the book makes above its publication costs will be donated to the Kentucky Bar Foundation
...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
...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.
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
writing talents to history.
"I started writing some years ago, just my family memoirs," he