Campus Community Invited to Join Arkansas Supreme Court Women




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The Law School, WLSA, and ASG present “Women of Justice: A Roundtable with the Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court” April 4 at Giffels Auditorium.

Join the women of the Arkansas Supreme Court for a panel discussion hosted by the U of A Law School, the Women’s Law Student Association (known as the WLSA for students and alumni of law schools) and the Associated Student Government. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 4 at the Giffels Auditorium.

Women Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court will share tips, talk about their experiences, and describe what it’s like to be a beautiful woman in law.

The first hour of the event will be moderated by a WLSA moderator, and the last 30 minutes will be reserved for questions and answers from the audience.

Click here to join Women of Justice: Panel Discussion with the Women of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

KAREN BAKER

Judge Karen BakerThe deputy. Karen Baker is a bench 6 judge of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was first elected to the state Supreme Court in 2010.

Justice Baker received her undergraduate degree from Arkansas Tech University and her JD from UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Prior to serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas, Baker served as an Associate Justice of the Arkansas Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2010, as a Judge of the 20th Judicial District/Chancellor Circuit from 1997 to 2000 and as a 20th Judicial District Circuit Judge/Chancellor/Juvenile Judge. from 1995-1996. She also served as public defender for Van Buren and Searcy counties from 1989 to 1995.

COURTNEY HUDSON (JD’97)

Judge Courtney Hudson GoodsonThe deputy. Courtney Hudson Goodson is a bench 3 judge of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was first elected to the state Supreme Court in May 2010.

Justice Goodson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in 1994, earning magna cum laudeand his JD with high honors from the U of A School of Law in 1997.

Prior to joining the State Supreme Court, she clerked for the late Justice Terry Crabtree of Bentonville and Justice Frank Aery of Conway. In 2008, residents of Washington, Benton, Johnson, Franklin, Madison, Carroll and Crawford counties elected her as a judge on the 12-member Arkansas Court of Appeals. Two years later, she won her first statewide election, which landed her on the Arkansas Supreme Court at the age of 38. Never before had a candidate been put on the ballot at the request of registered voters. This made her the youngest justice ever elected to the High Court by the people of Arkansas and the first woman to win a contested Supreme Court race.

In 2014, Goodson received the WLSA’s Gayle Pettus Pontz Award for best representing the achievements of women in the legal community, helping women thrive in law school, and advancing women in the legal profession.

RHONDA WOOD

Judge Rhonda WoodThe deputy. Rhonda K. Wood is a Judge in Station 7 of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. She was first elected to the state Supreme Court in May 2014.

Justice Wood received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College, earning magna cum laudewith honors in politics, and his JD with highest honors from UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 1999.

Prior to joining the Arkansas Supreme Court, Woods served as a Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial District from 2007 to 2012; and as a judge of the Arkansas Court of Appeals from 2013 to 2014.

BARBARA WEBB

Judge Barbara WebbThe deputy. Barbara Webb is a Judge in Station 4 of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. She was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2020.

Justice Webb received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, where she received the Henry M. Alexander Award for academic achievement as the top graduate of her degree. She earned her JD from UA Little Rock William H. Bowen Law School.

Webb served as an administrative law judge from 2005 to 2015. She served as the first female circuit judge in Saline County in 2018. From 2019 to 2020, Webb served as Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Workers’ Compensation Board from Arkansas.

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