The John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary



Archival materials and oral history interviews anchor the scholarly component of the Heyburn Initiative. They document the Kentuckians who serve or have served in the Federal Judiciary and provide insight into interactions of the Third Branch with the Executive and Legislative branches.

Archival Materials

Oral History Interviews

In the Heyburn Initiative’s ongoing oral history project, members of the Federal Judiciary—particularly judges from United States district courts, circuit courts, and the Supreme Court—discuss their legal and judicial careers including their nomination process and their reflections on Judge John G. Heyburn himself. In addition, public figures such as Senator Mitch McConnell provide their perspectives on the role of “advice and consent” and relationships among the three branches of federal government.

The Stanley F. Reed Oral History Project and Fred M. Vinson Oral History Project are central to the Initiative’s mission to document, preserve, and study the Commonwealth’s contributions to federal judicial history. The collections include interviews with politicians, federal judicial colleagues, law clerks, former staff, and other associates of Justice Reed and Justice Vinson.


HOURS for June 27, 2022