From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Martin, Janice R.

(born: 1956) 

From Morganfield, KY, Janice R. Martin, at the age of 35 became the first elected African American woman judge in Kentucky, in 1991. She earned her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Louisville; she was the only African American female in the Class of 1977. Martin was also the first African American woman to serve as bar counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association.  She was selected by Gov. Brereton Jones to fill the District Court vacancy left by Judge Steven Mershon. She was then elected to the position in 1993, and retired in 2009. For more see Black Firsts, by J. C. Smith; Who's Who Among African Americans, 8th-13th editions; Y. D. Coleman, "Kentucky's first Black female judge appointed," The Louisville Defender, 03/12/1992, pp. 1 and 4;  "Janice Martin installed as first Black woman judge in Kentucky," Jet, 02/01/1993; and M. Williams, "The Honorable Janice Martin," Who's Who in Black Louisville, 3rd ed., p.69.


Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Black firsts : 2,000 years of extraordinary achievement
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans
NKAA Source: The Louisville defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)
NKAA Source: Who's who in black Louisville (serial)

Related Entries Citing this Entry


Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Martin, Janice R.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 14, 2024,

Last modified: 2017-07-19 17:51:29