Yvonne Kauger

Score: 39%
Yvonne Kauger
Appointed by: Governor George Nigh
Retention date: March 11, 1984

JUSTICE KAUGER, District 4.  Justice Yvonne Kauger is a fourth generation Oklahoman from Colony, Oklahoma, who was born in Cordell on August 3, 1937.  She was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on March 11, 1984 by Governor George Nigh.  Justice Kauger chairs the Building Committee for the Oklahoma Judicial Center.  She served as Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court from January 1997 to December of 1998.  Kauger has served as Presiding Judge for the Court on the Judiciary, and on the Law School and Bench and Bar Committees of the Oklahoma Bar Association.  She founded the Gallery of the Plains Indian in Colony and co-founded Red Earth.  She has acted as Symposium Co-ordinator for The Sovereignty Symposium, a seminar on Indian law sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court since its inception in 1987.  Kauger has received many awards including Valedictorian of her high school class in Colony, and first in her class at OCU School of Law, National Delta Zeta of the year for 1988, and Oklahoma City Pioneer Award for 1989.  She was the featured speaker at the Twentieth William O. Douglas Lecture Series at Gonzaga University in November 1990.  She received an honorary doctorate from OCU in 1991.  She has been named a distinguished alumnus by OCU and by Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  On June 7, 1999, she was awarded the Herbert Harley Award by the American Judicature Society in recognition of her outstanding efforts to improve the administration of justice.  She is one of only four Oklahomans to have ever received the award and it has been twenty years since an Oklahoman last received the award.   In November of  1999, she was honored by the Oklahoma Bar Association with the Judicial Excellence Award.  In March, 2001, Justice Kauger was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame.  She is a member of the District State-Federal Judicial Council and of the Washita County Hall of Fame.  She was adopted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma in 1984. Her daughter, British solicitor/lawyer, Jonna Dee Kauger  Kirschner, practices law in Oklahoma City.  Her CPA son-in-law, Bruce Scambler, became a naturalized citizen in May, 1999.  Her first grandson, Jay Michael Eduard Kauger Scambler, attends third grade  and  plays Suzuki violin and baseball.  Her second grandson Winston Jon Eagle Kauger Scambler  was born  August 31, 2000.