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Elliott, Cynthia Elaine

(born: 1958) 

From Jackson, KY, Cynthia E. Elliott is a lawyer who in 1997 was appointed by Gov. Paul Patton to serve as Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court, the first African American woman appointed to the post. She is a two-time graduate of Wayne State University in Michigan, where she received her undergraduate and law degrees. Prior to her appointment by Gov. Patton, Cynthia E. Elliott served on the Board of Regents at Eastern Kentucky University and was reappointed in 1992 and served until 1994. For more information request the Kentucky government press release, "Governor Patton Appoints First African-American Woman as Special Justice to Kentucky Supreme Court," 09/14/97; "Here are members of school boards, state council," The Courier-Journal, 07/01/1992, p.7; "Two special justices named to high court," Lexington Herald-Leader, 09/04/1997, p.25.

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NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
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