ADA — Associate District Judge Martha Kilgore was recently recognized by the Oklahoma Bar Association as one of the Spotlight Award winners for 2005. The Spotlight Awards have been given annually since 1996 to women distinguishing themselves in the legal profession. In 1998, the award was named to honor the late Mona Salyer Lambird, the first woman president of the OBA. Each year previous winners nominate and select the current year’s recipients. A plaque bearing the names of all the winners hangs at the Oklahoma Bar Center in Oklahoma City.

Kilgore has served as associate district judge for Pontotoc County since 1989.

She was instrumental in establishing the Post-adjudicatory Review Board which serves as advisor to the court in deprived child cases. She has been the driving force behind the organization of Pontotoc County Child Abuse Response Team and Child Advocacy Center in Pontotoc County. Kilgore started and presides over the Pontotoc County Juvenile Drug Court Program and recently began the Safe Haven docket to help parents who are afflicted by substance abuse issues. Most recently she is also part of the newly established PACT program in Pontotoc County which delivers mental health services to clients in the community where they are most likely to succeed.

Kilgore’s numerous activities and recognitions signify her commitment to her community. She has received the Women Helping Women Award from the Soroptimists, been honorary chairperson for the March of Dimes, been a Boy Scout Advisor, a board member of the Rotary Club of Ada, participated in Leadership Ada, judicial advisor for Oklahoma Girls’ State for over 20 years, and has provided Law Day programs in numerous schools throughout the community. In 2005 she was chosen Judge of the Year by Oklahoma CASA.

She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Pontotoc County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Judicial Conference. She has also served as a member of the Emergency Appellate Panel for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Upon appointment by the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Judge Kilgore has served on the Time Standards Committee and the committee for Uniform Jury Instructions for juvenile cases.