FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 5, 2016) – Deputy Chief Justice Mary Noble recently received the Liberty Bell Award from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. for her service to the commonwealth and the Kentucky Court of Justice.
Justice Noble serves the Supreme Court’s 5th District, which is comprised of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties.
The chief justice presented the award to Justice Noble at the Supreme Court of Kentucky’s Law Day celebration April 28 at the state Capitol, at which Justice Noble was the keynote speaker. The Liberty Bell Award recognizes individuals for performing outstanding community service, promoting better understanding of the rule of law, encouraging greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulating a sense of civic responsibility and contributing to good government in the community.
“Justice Noble’s contributions to the commonwealth and our state court system are significant and she is certainly deserving of this award,” Chief Justice Minton said. “From her work in helping to start Kentucky Drug Court to her leadership in making uniform rules for attorney and judges to use in family law cases statewide, her efforts have touched the lives of countless Kentuckians. I am proud to have her as deputy chief justice and for the opportunity to recognize her with the Liberty Bell Award.”
After serving 15 years as a Fayette Circuit Court judge, Justice Noble was elected to the Supreme Court from the 5th Supreme Court District in 2006. She was re-elected to the Supreme Court unopposed in 2008. In 2010, Chief Justice Minton appointed her deputy chief justice. In 2011, she became the first woman to preside at the Kentucky Supreme Court in a case in which the chief justice was recused.
Law Day is a nationally designated day for Americans to celebrate the rule of law. The day underscores how law and legal processes have contributed to the freedoms of Americans. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day on May 1, 1958, to strengthen America’s great heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.
The national Law Day theme this year was “Miranda: More than Words.” In her speech, Justice Noble talked about the Miranda legal decision and the importance of individual freedoms. The Law Day event included the swearing in of 150 new attorneys and Justice Noble said in her remarks that the new lawyers are charged with continuing the task of protecting individual freedoms.