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Chenault Named First Hall of Fame Inductee

Judge Chenault

Judge James Stouffer Chenault has been named as the first inductee into the Model Hall of Fame. The award was presented by Model Secondary Director Laura Dedic at the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2019.

The Model Laboratory School Hall of Fame was established in 2019 to honor graduates of Model Laboratory School who have achieved distinction, exceptional accomplishment or substantial contribution to:

  • Model;
  • Education;
  • Career or profession; and/or
  • Community.

Nominations will be accepted annually, with the recipient named at the end of the school year during the graduation ceremony. Judge Chenault, a graduate of the Model class of 1940, is the 2019 recipient.

James Stouffer Chenault served in the United States Navy during World War II. He earned a degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a law degree from the University of Kentucky in 1949. For 27 years he served as a circuit judge of Madison and Clark counties, as well as many various appointments to Kentucky courts and commissions throughout his career on the bench.

Considered a leader in initiating courtroom change, Judge Chenault is noted as a groundbreaking judge on the bench. He pioneered video recording in his Kentucky courtroom and was the first to put courtroom proceedings on cable TV.

An avid Madison County historian, he played a pivotal role in the creation of the Fort Boonesborough State Park, the creation and restoration of White Hall State Shrine and restoration of the ante-bellum style courthouse.

The Hall of Fame Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame – model.eku.edu/alumni.

Published on May 28, 2019

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