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Lisa Hammersly

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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.

Defense lawyers appeal ethics-violation ruling

posted: 08/20/2016 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Lyn Pruitt of Little Rock and two other defense lawyers have appealed a federal judge's ruling that they violated an ethics rule and abused the court system in moving a class-action insurance case from federal to state court for settlement, according to a notice of appeal filed Friday.

Arkansas center for disabled called lifesaver

posted: 08/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

BOONEVILLE -- Consultants told Arkansas legislators Monday that many states have closed public institutions for developmentally disabled adults and children because of lawsuits, court orders, tight budgets and poor quality of life.

Wounded Arkansas police chief recalls bullets whizzing

updated: 08/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

FORT SMITH -- Darrell Spells heard the first gunshot buzz by his head. The second struck his temple. Blood streamed down the Hackett police chief's face.

Gunfire kills Sebastian County sheriff's deputy

posted: 08/11/2016 5:55 a.m. Comments 5

A Sebastian County sheriff's deputy was killed and the Hackett police chief was injured Wednesday morning when they were met by gunfire while responding to a disturbance call in the county.

12 attorneys appeal ruling in ethics case

posted: 08/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Texarkana-based attorney John Goodson and 11 lawyers who work with him on class-action lawsuits have appealed a federal judge's ruling that they broke ethics rules and abused the court system.

Judge reprimands 5 attorneys linked to forum shopping

posted: 08/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A federal judge on Wednesday reprimanded Texarkana attorney and University of Arkansas System Trustee John Goodson, his law partner and three other lawyers for ethics violations and abuse of the court system.

Top UA solicitor of gifts resigns

posted: 08/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The chief fundraiser for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Chris Wyrick, has resigned his $310,000 job, one month after the school's new chancellor redistributed Wyrick's senior staff and part of his budget.

Judge: Will rethink finding in ethics case

posted: 06/25/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

A federal court judge who decided in April to penalize 16 lawyers from Arkansas and other states for ethics violations heard another round of arguments Friday and promised to rethink an earlier order in the case.






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