LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- He made historic rulings on school desegregation, abortion and same-sex marriage.

Now Judge John Heyburn will become a lasting part of the University of Kentucky.

Heyburn died of cancer last year, after serving 23 years as a federal judge.

Today, his widow, Martha, announced a new federal judicial initiative at UK, in honor of her late husband.

It will include an archives collection of his more than 7,600 cases.

It will be located at UK's libraries and its law school.

"John's archiving practices were remarkably thorough and detail driven. None of it should be dispatched to a basement. It needs to be shared and seen," Dr. Martha Heyburn said. 

The Heyburn Initiative also includes a series of speakers.

The first will be U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts early next year.

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