Judge Kenneth Kellar " K. K. " Hall was the son of Audra Earl "Jack" and Ruby ( Greene) Hall (Ruby later married Clarence Charles Hopkins). He was married to Geraldine Tabor. He was Mayor of Madison, West Virginia from 1949-1952.∼Kenneth Keller Hall (February 24, 1918 – July 8, 1999) was a United States federal judge.
1942-1945: U.S. Naval Reserve
1948: J.D.; West Virginia University College of Law
1948-1953: Madison WV, private practice
1949-1952: Madison WV, Mayor
1953-1969: Madison WV, WV 25th Judicial Circuit Judge
1969-1970: Madison WV, private practice
1970-1971: Charleston WV, Social Security Administration Bureau of Hearings and Appeals Hearing Examiner
1971-1976: Federal Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
1976-1999: Federal Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1998: Senior Status
Hall was born in Greenview, West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and received his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1948. After spending five years in private practice in Madison, WV, he was elected Mayor of the city from 1949-1952. In the years following, he was a judge on the West Virginia 25th Judicial Circuit, Madison, Boone County, West Virginia; he was in private practice in Madison, West Virginia; and he was a Hearing Examiner for the Social Security Administration Bureau of Hearings and Appeals in Charleston, West Virginia from 1970 to 1971.
On November 22, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Hall as federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to a seat vacated by John A. Field, Jr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 1, 1971, and received his commission on December 6, 1971. Hall's service was terminated on September 26, 1976, due to appointment to another judicial position.
On August 26, 1976, President Gerald Ford nominated Hall as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA, to a seat vacated by John A. Field, Jr. The district included West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 1, 1976, and received his commission on September 3, 1976. He assumed senior status on February 24, 1998. Hall's service was terminated on July 8, 1999, due to death.
His 47 year career as a state and federal judge included a decision to allow female cadets at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, SC. In 1995, Hall wrote the majority decision that rejected efforts by The Citadel to ban women.
During his years in West Virginia, Hall outlawed the state's existing abortion law and presided over a violent school textbook controversy.
He also presided over a class-action lawsuit against Pittston Coal Co. concerning the 1973 Buffalo Creek dam break, which resulted in a 125 deaths. The lawsuit ended with a $13.5 million settlement.
Hall took senior status on the appeals court when he turned 80, hearing a limited number of cases.
Kenneth Keller Hall, 81, died at his home in Charleston, West Virginia on July 8, 1999, after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Baptist Temple, Charleston, with the Rev. Dennis L. Johnson officiating. There will be no visitation.
Hall is remembered as a good storyteller who enjoyed talking to people.
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