Rebecca Combs Lyon became clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Oct. 1, 2019. The appellate clerk is appointed and responsible for the custody, control and storage of all appellate records.
Lyon is the first woman to serve as clerk of the Court of Appeals since the Judicial Article was enacted in 1975 and created Kentucky’s modern court system. She has served the court in various capacities since 1982. She has been an appellate staff attorney at Central Office, the civil motions panel attorney and deputy chief staff attorney. She has also been an appellate staff attorney for Judges Anthony M. Wilhoit, Paul D. Gudgel, Michael L. Henry and James I. Howard. She most recently served as chief staff attorney for the court.
While on hiatus from the Court of Appeals to care her mother, she served as a part-time hearing officer for the Division of Exceptional Children Services in the Kentucky Department of Education from 2001-2007.
Lyon graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in politics and a minor in economics/accounting from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. She also earned a juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Division, The Central Kentucky American Inn of Court and the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks.
She is married to her former law school classmate, James D. (Jim) Lyon, who is a bankruptcy trustee and attorney. They reside in Lexington and have three children and two granddaughters.