Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble becomes first woman to preside in Supreme Court oral arguments
Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble became the first woman to preside during oral arguments in the Supreme Court of Kentucky on June 8, 2011, when she oversaw arguments in the criminal case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Leinenbach. "Most women today probably have more freedom to choose than they've ever had," Justice Noble said. "But we still have very limited opportunity in leadership positions in the government and in business. So, when something like this happens, it's a milestone." Justice Noble presided in place of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., who recused in the case. Arguments took place in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Capitol in Frankfort. Listen to Kentucky Public Radio’s interview with Justice Noble.
Deputy Chief Justice Noble receives award from Hellenic Ideals Program
Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble of the Supreme Court of Kentucky received an award Oct. 2, 2010, from the Hellenic Ideals Program of the Bluegrass for exemplifying the Greek ideals of citizenship. The organization promotes ancient Hellenic principles such as the importance of the individual, the concept of freedom and the value of seeking the truth. Each year, it honors an individual from the Bluegrass who exemplifies these ideals. Justice Noble was recognized with the award at the organization's annual lecture program. Martha-Ann Alito, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, was the featured lecturer. Justice Noble invited Mrs. Alito to deliver the lecture, which took place in the Recital Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky.
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has named Justice Mary C. Noble as deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Justice Noble has served as a justice since November 2006 and as a judge for more than 18 years. “I am pleased to announce that Justice Noble will serve as deputy chief justice for the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Minton said. “Justice Noble is an effective leader and a skilled jurist who has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues on the court.” Justice Noble succeeds Justice Will T. Scott as deputy chief justice. He had served in that role since July 1, 2006. The deputy chief justice fills in when the chief justice recuses in a case or an administrative matter.