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2004 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  FEBRUARY 19, 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball was presented the Alton E. "Jake" Hadley Award from the Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals today at an awards ceremony taking place during the 2004 Louisiana Drug Court Conference, in New Orleans February 18-20, 2004.

In accepting the award Justice Kimball said, "Drug courts are doing great things for the people of the state of Louisiana. They encourage educational and personal betterment of participants whose lives have been stalled by the addictions they face. The Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Office is proud to take part in this growing and successful force in modern jurisprudence which means a new beginning for so many."

The Alton E. "Jake" Hadley Award was created in 2000 to honor former Department of Health and Hospitals' Office for Addictive Disorders Assistant Secretary Jake Hadley for his outstanding contributions to the drug courts in Louisiana. Hadley was instrumental in the early stages of development and implementation of the Louisiana drug court system. He was the first recipient of the award.

Justice Kimball received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University. From 1982-1992 she served as a judge of the 18th Judicial District Court and held the position of Chief Judge during her last three years there. In 1992, Justice Kimball became the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, the state's highest court, and was re-elected in 1998 without opposition. During her years at the Supreme Court, Justice Kimball has been involved in the administrative aspects of the judicial system and participates in court programs addressing domestic violence, criminal justice information systems, juvenile justice reform, families in need of services in addition to drug courts.

 

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