Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Arnold B. Lynch, October 31, 2013

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:02 - Early life

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Partial Transcript: Today is October 31st, 2013 and this is the Legacy of African American Judges in Kentucky Project.

Segment Synopsis: Lynch discusses his life growing up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Keywords: Austin Peay State University; Basketball; Betty Thurman Human Relations Award; Brown Street; Christian County (Ky.); Church; Civil Rights era; College; Family life; Family reunions; Fathers; Hopkinsville (Ky.); Hopkinsville High School; Marches; Mothers; Parents; Protests; Transitions

Subjects: African American college students.; African American families; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Integration; Race discrimination.

00:13:32 - College life

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Partial Transcript: Well, obviously a talented, talented athlete while you were in college and high school but what type of student were you?

Segment Synopsis: Lynch discusses his life during college and what inspired him to go into law.

Keywords: Big Brother/Big Sister; Buddies; Career Night; Carpentry; Challenging; Ed Whitfield; Good grades; Inspiration; Jail; Law School; Mentors; Social life; Studying; University of Kentucky; Woodworking; Working

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education (Higher); College students--Attitudes.

00:21:15 - Law school / law practice

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Partial Transcript: So if I were to say what do you remember most about law school, what would you say?

Segment Synopsis: Lynch discusses some memories of law school. He also discusses his practice after law school.

Keywords: Assistant county attorney; Contracts; County attorneys; Exams; General practitioners; Jobs; Law practice; Law schools; Library; Mike Foster; Phil Hunter; Private practice; Professors; Prosecution; Public defenders

Subjects: African American college students.; African American law students; African American lawyers; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Education (Higher); African Americans--Employment.; Law--Study and teaching; Practice of law--Kentucky

00:30:23 - Judicial campaign

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Partial Transcript: Well, tell me a little about your first campaign.

Segment Synopsis: Lynch discusses his judicial campaign for his first term, as well as more recent campaigns.

Keywords: Campaign directors; Commonwealth attorneys; Contested; District offices; Ethics; Events; General elections; Jason Finley; Judge McDonald; Judgeship; Money; Primaries; Primary campaigns; Walter Hakins

Subjects: African American judges; African Americans--Politics and government.; Judges--Election; Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.

00:39:38 - Judgeship / African Americans in the legal field

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Partial Transcript: Well let's talk a little bit about your judgeship.

Segment Synopsis: Lynch discusses his career as a judge. He also talks about the number of African Americans currently in the field of law.

Keywords: Advantages; Google; Improvement; Memorable cases; Misdemeanors; Pets; Reduced felony; Small claims court; Versatile degree

Subjects: African American judges; African American lawyers; African Americans--Conduct of life.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Practice of law--Kentucky; United States--Trials, litigation, etc.

00:46:51 - Advice

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Partial Transcript: If you were speaking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?

Segment Synopsis: Lynch discusses what advice he would give a younger version of himself. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Advice; Business; Law practice; Satisfied; Service

Subjects: African American judges; African American lawyers; African Americans--Conduct of life.