Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2007 and then twice elected from the 4th Supreme Court District, Jefferson County. She has served nearly 14 years on the Supreme Court, three years as a judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals and almost eight years as judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 3.
Justice Hughes is chairwoman of the Civil Justice Reform Commission and in that role is spearheading the implementation of Business Court in Kentucky. She also chairs the Supreme Court's Civil Rules Committee and has been the Supreme Court representative on the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky IOLTA Fund since 2008. Justice Hughes is past president of the Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court and continues to serve as a Master of the Inn. She is the former chair of the Alumni Council for the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and served as a trustee for the Kentucky Judicial Form Retirement System Board from 2000-2012.
She received the Kentucky Bar Association's Thomas B. Spain Award in 2021. In 2019, Justice Hughes was recognized as the Kentucky Bar Association's Distinguished Judge and received the Lawrence Grauman Award, the highest alumni award from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She is a past Louisville Bar Association Judge of the Year, was recognized as the U of L Law Alumni Fellow in 2009 and received the Judge Benjamin Shobe Civility and Professionalism Award from the Louisville Bar Association in 2018. She is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Louisville.
After earning her bachelor's degree with highest honors from the University of Louisville, Justice Hughes graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she was named Outstanding Graduate of her law school class and served as executive editor of the law review. Before serving as a judge, she practiced law in Louisville for 15 years, concentrating on business and commercial litigation.
A proud native of Princeton, Kentucky, Justice Hughes has been a Louisvillian for over 40 years and has three adult sons and one grandson.