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Lisa Hammersly

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Old advice on state judicial donors cut, not revised

updated: 12/17/2016 3:26 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas judges no longer are governed by an ethics rule that suggested they avoid learning about their campaign's donors, after staff attorneys Friday clarified the Arkansas Supreme Court's revised Code of Judicial Conduct.

Arkansas Supreme Court ethics order baffles some in legal ranks

posted: 12/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Some judges and lawyers reported confusion Thursday about revised ethics rules issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court, including whether judicial candidates should continue to avoid learning who donates to their campaigns.

Meth bag puts new Arkansas judge in inquiry

posted: 12/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

FORT SMITH — The state’s judicial disciplinary agency will investigate a complaint against District Judge-elect Jim O’Hern, after police found a bag of methamphetamine in a Little Rock hotel room registered in O’Hern’s name.

Arkansas Bar Association unveils plan to end justice races

posted: 11/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

The Arkansas Bar Association plans to debate next month whether to push for a constitutional amendment to separate Supreme Court candidates from campaigns, politics and dark-money donors -- and appoint them to 14-year terms instead.

In appeal, lawyers say penalty unjust

posted: 10/21/2016 2:38 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Fort Smith was wrong on all counts when he penalized five class-action lawyers, including University of Arkansas Trustee John Goodson, for dismissing a case from his court to settle in state court last year, according to a brief filed on the lawyers' behalf.

Justices' ruling revisits big-donor issue

updated: 10/16/2016 4:21 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Supreme Court last week decided a battle between two of the biggest donor groups to the justices' own election campaigns -- lawyers and nursing-home owners.

UA putting on $450,000 bash

updated: 09/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 11

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will host a $450,000 party Friday night at Bud Walton Arena for about 400 invited donors and staff members.

3 UA trustees have links to 3 firms tied to stadium project

posted: 09/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Three University of Arkansas System trustees -- Reynie Rutledge, Kelly Eichler and Morril Harriman -- have ties to businesses that stand to earn at least $195,800 from a $160 million project to add upscale seats to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, public records show.

AG calls on U.S. justices in crash-report dispute

updated: 08/27/2016 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a question that has wound through state courts for more than a year.

Class-suit watchdog seeks role in appeal

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Washington lawyer known for attacking class-action settlements he claims are unfair is asking to side against John Goodson of Texarkana, one of Arkansas' best-known class-action practitioners, and 14 other lawyers in their appeal of a Fort Smith federal judge's reprimands.

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