Yvonne Kauger is a distinguished judge and the former chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Justice Kauger, a member of the State Capitol Preservation Commission and the Historical Society of Washita County, is passionate about the history of her home state. She has championed the preservation of Native American art and culture by establishing the Gallery of the Plains Indian as well as Red Earth, a museum she cofounded to showcase Native American art.
First in her class at Oklahoma City University School of Law, she earned her JD in 1969. In 1991, Kauger received an honorary doctorate from OCU. She was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1984 and served as chief justice from 1997 to 1998.
Kauger has served as presiding judge for the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary and on the Law School and Bench and Bar Committees of the Oklahoma Bar Association. In 1999, Justice Kauger was awarded the Herbert Harley Award by the American Judicature Society. In 2001, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
Justice Kauger resides in Oklahoma. She has a daughter, Jonna, who is a lawyer, and two grandsons, Jay and Winston.
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