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Judge Sara Combs to Speak at Cumberlands Convocation


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) will be commemorating National Constitution and Citizenship Day on Monday September, 17 at 7 p.m. in the Gatliff Chapel. Kentucky Judge Sara Walter Combs will speak on the development of the Bill of Rights and the rights and opportunities available to all American citizens.

Judge Sara Walter Combs serves in the 7th Appellate District 1st Division of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She was the first woman and the first judge from the Eastern Kentucky counties of the 7th Appellate District to serve as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She served as chief judge from June 2004 until May 2010.

Judge Combs was also the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Kentucky when Gov. Brereton Jones appointed her in 1993. The Kentucky Bar Association named Judge Combs as Outstanding Judge of the year in June 2010.

Judge Combs was ranked second in her class at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, which later honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her B.A. and M.A. in French from U of L and was recognized as a Woodrow Wilson Designate. She began her career in Law as an associate with Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Louisville. She also practiced law with her late husband, former Kentucky Gov. Bert T. Combs.

Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.

This event will meet the requirement of one convocation credit in the major convocation events category at Cumberlands.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.