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Who are OUR judges?


April 13, 2012 by Matthew Jones

If most of you are like me, you know who is running for president. You most likely know who is running for the major positions in your community, but what about those people who don’t have party affiliations, officially? Who really knows who the judges that are running in your district really are? Well I hope that this little bit of information makes your job on May 22nd a little easier.

Washington County is in Judicial District 4, along with Madison County. This is for the circuit court, the lowest of the of the three courts in the state court system. (The Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court are the higher two types of courts.) There are currently two seats open on this circuit, Division 4 and Division 6. For Division 4 you have three new candidates vying for your votes, while in Division 6 you an incumbent judge versus a newcomer.

In Division 6, there is incumbent Judge Mark Lindsay. According to his re-election page on Facebook, he has served on the circuit court bench since March 2000. Also, he was in private law practice for 21 years and was Judge of the West Fork Municipal Court for 15 years.  He went to school at the UofA, where he majored in accounting and got his J.D. for the school of law. Judge Lindsay previously taught at the Northwest Arkansas School of Real Estate, Arkansas Judicial Council, and Arkansas Municipal Judges Council. His opponent, Brenda Austin is also a UofA grad, who majored in English and got her law degree from the school of Law. According to her Facebook page, she has served Benton and Washington counties since 1987, in both the public and private sectors.

In Division 4, there are three newcomers vying for the seat. Cristi Beaumont is one of those. According to her Facebook page, her crowning achievements have been her experience with the drug courts and that she is one of a very limited number of people who can represent defendant on trial for capital murder. She got a BA in psychology from Baylor University, completed coursework for a MA from Stephan F. Austin University, and got her law degree from the University of Houston. Then there Bob Lambert, a retired member Arkansas Air National Guard, who graduated with a BA from Hendrix and a J.D. from the school of law here at the UofA. According to his Facebook page, he has been in the private sector in civil litigation for thirty eight years. He is a partner at a law firm in NWA. Amy Estes Turner is the final candidate vying for this seat. According to her Facebook page, she is a third generation lawyer in NWA. She got her BA and JD both from the U of A. She has practiced law around the world, including London, and Seattle.

Well now I hope you know a little more about those people on the yard signs. I actually wrote this article because I have a sign for a judge on all the corners of where I live, and I thought “Who are these people?”

Well, know I hope we both know a little more. I am sure that all the candidates would like for you to vote on May 22nd in the nonpartisan election. Visit their respective Facebook pages if you would like to know more about them, or when you can meet them or ask them questions.





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