FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat for the 7th Appellate Court District. The district is comprised of 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The vacancy was created when Justice Will T. Scott stepped down Jan. 2 to run for Kentucky governor.
The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are David Allen Barber of Prestonsburg, Roger Donald Riggs of Mount Sterling and Janet L. Stumbo of Van Lear.
Barber is a policy and legal adviser in House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s legislative office and served as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge from 2000 to 2007. He is a partner in the law firm of Richardson, Barber & Williamson in Owingsville. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Riggs is an attorney with the law firm of Morgan, Collins & Yeast in Mount Sterling. He previously served as a Kentucky administrative law judge in the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims, where he presided over workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Stumbo is serving her seventh consecutive year as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge for the 7th Appellate Court District. She was a Supreme Court justice from 1993 to 2004. She received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
The counties in the 7th Supreme Court District are Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe.