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Chief Justice Kimball to Deliver Commencement Address

Released: 11/24/2009

Catherine D. Kimball, chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, will deliver the commencement address at the LSU Alexandria winter graduation ceremony Dec. 17. Graduation will be held at 10 a.m. in the Alexandria Riverfront Center.

Kimball, an Alexandria native and Bolton High School graduate, is approaching the end of her first year as chief justice. She has been an associate justice on the state Supreme Court since 1992 and was an 18th Judicial District court judge for 10 years prior to that. Kimball, who earned her juris doctorate degree from LSU in 1970, is married to Clyde Kimball, a former Louisiana state representative and deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Kimball has garnered several honors in her judicial career, including the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Judge of the Year from the Louisiana CASA Assn. and membership into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. Her parents are the late William and Jane Dick of Alexandria.

“Chief Justice Kimball has had an extraordinary career as an attorney and jurist, and we are honored that she will return to her birthplace to deliver the commencement address,” said Dr. David Manuel, LSUA chancellor. This will be the fifth time Kimball has been graduation speaker at a Louisiana university.