News of Interest: Justice Bill Cunningham 

Justice Bill Cunningham discusses guerilla tactics with Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham spoke to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at a leadership professional development event in Fort Campbell on Monday, Nov. 21. He was invited to discuss tactics used by the Night Riders in early 20th Century guerilla warfare.

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Justice Cunningham hosts Court at the Cupboard event to educate public about court system

Justice Bill Cunningham of the Supreme Court of Kentucky hosted Court at the Cupboard, an event to educate the public about the court system, Aug. 12, 2011, at the Country Cupboard restaurant in Madisonville. In addition to Justice Cunningham, participants will include Court of Appeals Judge Donna L. Dixon and all Hopkins County circuit and district judges. The gathering will take place from 8-10 a.m. CDT and include free coffee. “For people to respect the court system, they need some understanding of it,” Justice Cunningham said. “The best way to understand it is to ask judges questions about it directly.”

Justice Cunningham discusses shared history of Kentucky and Tennessee at Memphis Rotary Club meeting

Justice Bill Cunningham of the Supreme Court of Kentucky was a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East's luncheon June 22, 2011, at the Racquet Club of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. Justice Cunningham was invited to speak by an Army friend who is a member of the Rotary and a Memphis attorney. He discussed aspects of the shared history and other commonalities of Kentucky and Tennessee dating back to the creation of the two states.

Justice Cunningham named Western Kentucky Writer of the Decade

Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham has been named Western Kentucky Writer of the Decade for writing about the history, heritage and culture of the region in 2000-2010. He was recognized with a plaque April 21 in celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day. The Jackson Purchase Historical & Tourism Commission, the Hickman County Arts Council and the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society co-sponsored the award. The official celebration for Kentucky Writers’ Day is April 25 in Frankfort. The day celebrates the birth of Western Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, who was the first U.S. poet laureate and recipient of three Pulitzer prizes.

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Justice Cunningham is keynote speaker at Guthrie, Ky., marker ceremony

Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham was the keynote speaker at a marker ceremony in Guthrie, Ky., June 20, 2009. The historic highway marker commemorates the 1904 meeting of more than 5,000 farmers in Guthrie for the formation of the Dark Fired Tobacco Association. The association was formed to combat the strangling James B. Duke monopoly which was driving down tobacco prices for the farmers to starvation level. The association’s efforts were followed by a farmer revolt led by the Night Riders against the Duke Trust between 1904-09. The revolt was the most violent and sustained civil uprising in America between the Civil War and the race riots of the 1960s. Justice Cunningham serves the 1st Supreme Court District in Western Kentucky.

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Justice Cunningham, Circuit Judge Langford tour Mississippi River District

Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham and Circuit Judge Tim Langford toured the Mississippi River District Jan. 23. The two jurists visited the circuit clerks and other court officials in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman counties, among other stops.

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Justice Cunningham speaks at Performing Arts Center in Mayfield

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham spoke at the Graves County Schools Performing Arts Center in Mayfield, Ky., on Nov. 13, 2008. Murray State University’s Department of History and Justice sponsored the event. Justice Cunningham served as the department’s distinguished guest scholar.

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Justice Cunningham receives top award from Department of Corrections

The Kentucky Department of Corrections recently honored Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham with the agency’s top award, the 2008 Lucille Hurt Robuck “Commitment to Corrections” Award. Justice Cunningham has devoted his career to the field of criminal justice. He is also a noted Kentucky historian and an accomplished author. Prior to becoming a member of the state’s highest court, he spent 35 years serving as a circuit judge for Lyon, Trigg and Caldwell counties, a commonwealth’s attorney, city attorney and public defender. He also served as a hearing officer for the Kentucky Board of Claims and as a trial commissioner.

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Justice Cunningham gives keynote speech at corrections conference

Justice Bill Cunningham of the Supreme Court of Kentucky was the general session keynote speaker for the 2010 Indiana Correctional Association Conference on Oct. 7 in Indianapolis. He told the attendees that it takes respect, pride, commitment and a positive attitude to succeed in the corrections field.

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