Gov. Fletcher appoints James I. Howard of Edmonton to Court of Appeals. Howard will serve until January 2007. Where will Dyche end up? The seat on the Workers Comp. Board is given to Bruce Cowden.

 LawReader Editors note:   Judge Howard has been appointed to the unexpired term of Judge Dyche.  Judge Dyche is the only candidate to file for the new term beginning in Jan. of 2007.  If Judge Dyche elects to stay retired, then the office will be vacated and the Gov. will have to appoint someone again to fill this vacancy.  That might be Judge Howard or could be anyone at the Governor’s discretion after recieving nominations from the Judicial Nominating Commission.  Of Course Judge Dyche could decide to accept his re-election and return to fill the seat he just retired from in June. 

A month ago the rumor was being passed around that Dyche was seeking appointment to a vacancy on the Worker’s Compensation Board, which had a salary equal to that of a Court of Appeals judge, but the Gov. instead promoted from within by naming Bruce Cowden, an Administrative Law Judge for the Worker’s Comp. department. See story about Cowden below.

Mark Nickolas has reported on

“… Fletcher and Dyche are not particularly close, and that relationship has only been adversely impacted by the frank criticism that has been leveled at Fletcher by Dyche’s brother, well-known political commentator and columnist John David Dyche.”
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed James I. Howard, of Edmonton, as Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge for the 3rd Appellate District, Division 1.

Howard replaces R.W. Dyche III, who retired in June.

“James Howard will be a tremendous addition to the Kentucky Court of Appeals,? said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “His experience and his dedication to public service will be a tremendous asset to the position, and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this capacity.?

“I am very honored by this appointment and the trust that Governor Fletcher has placed in me,? said Howard. “I look forward to serving the Commonwealth.?

Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury College in Wilmore and his juris doctorate from Duke University in Durham, N.C. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts, Western District of Kentucky and Eastern District of Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Tax Court. Howard currently serves as a member of the Wesley Biblical Seminary Board of Trustees and as chairman of the pastoral search committee at Edmonton Baptist Church. He previously served as president of the Horse Cave Lions Club. Howard and his wife, Sharon Bowles Howard, have one daughter.

The appointment is effective immediately.

Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Member to the Workers’ Compensation Board

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Bruce Cowden, of Lexington, to the Workers’ Compensation Board. 

Cowden previously served as an administrative law judge for the Office of Workers’ Claims in Lexington. Cowden has served as an administrative law judge longer than any currently-serving law judge in the Commonwealth, from 1988 to the present.  

Cowden received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. and his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Cowden has also worked as a legal assistant to Magistrate James Cook in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati and as an assistant attorney general in Frankfort.

The Workers’ Compensation Board is responsible for reviewing appeals of decisions rendered by the Administrative Law Judges in the Kentucky Department of Workers Claims.

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