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BIOGRAPHIES of the
JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE & DISABILITY COMMISSION

 

Joyce Williams Warren

CHAIRPERSON
Judge Joyce Williams Warren
(JUDGE MEMBER)
Little Rock, Arkansas

Kirk Johnson
VICE CHAIRMAN
Judge Kirk Johnson
(JUDGE MEMBER)
Texarkana , Arkansas
Rev. Maxine Allen REV. MAXINE ALLEN - (PUBLIC MEMBER) is the first African American woman to be Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church in Arkansas. The daughter of Charles and Ruby Wilkerson, she attended and graduated from Little Rock public schools. Allen holds a degree in Philosophy and Religion from Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas; and a Master of Divinity Degree from Interdenominational Theological Center’s Gammon Seminary (UM), Atlanta, Georgia. Currently she serves as the Director of the Wesley Foundation at UALR and Minister of Ethnic Ministries for The Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church. She has served as a pastor, a teacher of religion, a mentor of young clergy, and participated in mission trips to Haiti, Jamaica, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia. She has two adult children and a granddaughter. She is an advocate for educational opportunity for all, women’s and children’s issues, and has served on the Minority Teacher Recruitment Council as an appointee of Governor Huckabee, Rev. Allen was appointed to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission in 2007 by Governor Mike Beebe. She was reappointed in 2013 by Governor Beebe as a regular member of the Commission.
Mary Bassett MARY H. BASSETT – (PUBLIC ALTERNATE MEMBER) is Co-Owner and Executive Broker of Bassett Mix and Associates, Inc. Real Estate Company in Fayetteville. She has been licensed as a realtor since 1984. From February 2004 until March 2005, she has served as a chairman of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. Mary was appointed to two 3 year terms and as a member of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) was elected vice-chairman of the Commission Training Board. She has served in numerous real estate related positions including past President and Realtor of the Year for the Fayetteville Board of Realtors, chairman of Risk Reduction Committee for AR Realtors Assoc. (ARA), ARA Director-at-Large, ARA Education Committee, ARA Professional Standards Committee, ARA Nominating Committee, taught statewide education seminars on real estate ethics as sponsored by ARA, and was chosen six times to represent the State of Arkansas in development and item writing of the Arkansas and National Real Estate exams thru ASI and Promissor. Realtor designations that Mary holds are Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), and ARA Life Member Multi-Million Dollar Club. Mary is married to Hank Broyles and has two children, John Bassett and Jennifer Bassett-Stumaugh.
Roger Carter ROGER F. CARTER – (PUBLIC MEMBER) is a native of Ozark, Arkansas and has lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas since 1966. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. He then graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a B.S. Degree. In 1973 he purchased Aluminum Arts of Arkansas. Although semi-retired, he is still active in the Company. He is chairman of Community Counseling Services; a member and past president of Oaklawn Rotary; a member of Chamber of Commerce Redcoat Ambassadors; member of Hot Springs Urban Forestry Commission, and “50 for the Future". Mr. Carter and his wife, Jeanie, are members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hot Springs, where he has served three times on the Vestry.
Don E. Glover TOM FOWLER - (ATTORNEY MEMBER) -
Don E. Glover DON E. GLOVER - (JUDGE ALTERNATE MEMBER) - is a native of Dermott, Arkansas where he currently resides. He attended AM&N College, now UAPB in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He has served 2 years in the Peace Corp. in Venezuela, South America and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He received his law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Arkansas and Louisiana Bars. He was engaged in private practice for many years and served as Dermott Municipal Judge for 6 years before he was elected to the bench as circuit judge in the 10 Judicial District in 1993. He and his wife Dorothy, are the parents of Dorcedar, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Doven, a junior, at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Blake Hendrix BLAKE HENDRIX - (ATTORNEY ALTERNATE MEMBER) J. Blake Hendrix was born in Memphis and raised in Little Rock, where he graduated from Catholic High School for Boys. After attending the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received his law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1986. He then served as an Assistant Arkansas Attorney General and, for the past twenty-two years, has devoted his practice to criminal defense, specializing in complex criminal litigation, including white-collar and death penalty defense. In 2012, the Arkansas Speaker of the House appointed Mr. Hendrix to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. His awards include membership in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, nomination to the list of Best Lawyers in America&61666; in criminal defense each year since 2006, and Best Lawyers? ?2013 Little Rock White-Collar Lawyer of the Year.? Education J.D, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, 1986 B.A., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1983 Bar Admissions Arkansas, Federal District Courts of Arkansas, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Memberships and Activities Arkansas Bar Association - Criminal Law Section (past Chair), Editorial Board for Handbooks, Time Standards Task Force; Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - past Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief; Criminal Justice Act Panel (past national representative); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Stephen Routon KIRK JOHNSON (JUDGE MEMBER—VICE CHAIRMAN) - is Circuit Judge for Division Three of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, South, comprised of Miller and Lafayette Counties in Southwest Arkansas. He is licensed member of the bar for the State of Arkansas and formerly licensed in the State of Texas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1974 with a Juris Doctor degree. He is the former President of the Texarkana Bar Association. Judge Johnson was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Miller County from 1977-1982. He served as Prosecuting Attorney for the Eight Judicial District from 1983-1986 which was comprised of Miller, Lafayette, Nevada and Hempstead Counties. He served as District Judge for Texarkana, Arkansas and Miller County, Arkansas from 1991-2002. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the District Judges Association and served as Secretary, Treasurer and later as 1st Vice President. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee for the Arkansas Judicial Council and was appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to the 2005 Committee for the revision of the Arkansas Model Criminal Jury Instructions and reappointed in 2009. He was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee to serve on the Arkansas Crime Laboratory Board in 1998 thru 2005. His private practice has included the general practice of law but has also served in the capacity of counsel for both Plaintiffs and Defendants in multi-party litigation. Judge Johnson has presided over a number of nationwide class actions cases since taking the Circuit Court bench in 2003. Judge Johnson is currently serving on the Judicial Disciplinary Committee since his appointment in 2012.Judge Johnson was elected Vice-Chair of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission in July 2013.
Brett McDaniel BRETT A. MCDANIEL---(ATTORNEY MEMBER)  - Brett A. McDaniel of McDaniel & Wells, PA, (Practice Emphasis: plaintiff personal injury; automobile accidents; medical negligence), has successfully represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in personal injury, medical malpractice, employment, and civil rights deprivation claims. Since 2008, Mr. McDaniel’s practice focuses exclusively on justice for the injured. Education: University of Arkansas Fayetteville J.D. (2002); University of Arkansas Fayetteville B.S. (1999) Practice Jurisdictions: State of Arkansas; United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; State of Colorado; United States District Court for the District of Colorado; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Memberships: Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice; Personal: Married with two children
Clinton McGue CLINTON D. MCGUE--- (ATTORNEY ALTERNATE MEMBER) - ) Clint McGue is an attorney in Cabot, Arkansas. His general practice includes banking, creditor, school and commercial law, as well as municipal and public utility matters. Having been raised in Cabot, Mr. McGue received his B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After attending Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. McGue received his Juris Doctorate in 1994. While attending school, Mr. McGue worked in the offices of Senator David Pryor in both Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, and in the office of Attorney General Winston Bryant. Upon graduating from Chicago-Kent, Mr. McGue opened a practice in his hometown where he has been practicing continuously since 1994. He is currently serving the City of Ward as its’ City Attorney, and he has also served in the same capacity for the City of Cabot. Mr. McGue has been a member of the American, Arkansas and Lonoke County Bar Associations since 1994. Mr. McGue has also been a member of the Arkansas City Attorney’s Association since that time, and has served as both President and Vice-President of the Association. Mr. McGue is a member of the National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys as well. In addition, Mr. McGue was a founding Board Member of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Lonoke County, Inc., which began in 1999. Mr. McGue is a current Commission Member of the Cabot Housing Authority, having served as such since 2001.
Stephen Routon STEPHEN ROUTON - (JUDGE MEMBER) - Stephen Routon has served as the St. Francis County (State) District Court Judge in Forrest City since 1991. He earned a B.A. degree in 1976 from Hendrix College. He attended University of Arkansas Fayetteville School of Law, graduated and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1979. Judge Routon has been in private law practice in Forrest City since 1979 and has served as President of the Arkansas District Judges Council (2002-2003), President of St. Francis County Bar Association (1982-1984), Board of Governors, American Judges association (1997-2002), appointed by Arkansas Supreme Court to Amendment 80 Implementation Committee (2002-2004), Chairman, Board of Trustees, Arkansas District Judges Retirement System (2003-2006). He has also served as the President of St. Francis Catholic Church Parish Council (2001-2003); Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 202 (1997-2003) and Hendrix College Alumni Board of Governors (1989-1994). Judge Routon has two sons, Stephen (Julie) Routon and David (Kristen) Routon, two grandsons Jackson Routon and Reed Routon. Judge Routon was appointed to the Commission by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2002 to fill the unexpired term of alternate member Judge Leon Jamison. He was reappointed in 2008 as an alternate member. In 2013, Judge Routon was appointed as a regular member to the Commission by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
SAM SEAMANS SAM SEAMANS – (PUBLIC MEMBER) The Rt. Rev. Sam Seamans is a retired Police Officer of 25 years, and is also a Bishop in the Reformed Episcopal Church, and he serves as the Rector of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Mountain Home, AR. Originally from Louisiana, Sam earned his bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1990. While in college he worked for the USL University Police Department and attended Police Academy in 1986. After graduation he moved to Mountain Home where he continued his law enforcement career, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2011. He now serves the MHPD part time in the Code Enforcement Division. While working in full-time law enforcement, Sam was active in ministry and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas in 2001. During that formation period he earned a Master of Ministry degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, IN. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 2005 and was elected and consecrated as a bishop in 2009. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Foreign Missions in the Reformed Episcopal Church, and also sits on the Board of the Anglican School of Ministry, an Anglican seminary in Little Rock, AR. Sam is also an Emergency Medical Technician, a licensed Private Pilot, and a long distance cyclist. He is active in fund raising for Special Olympics Arkansas through the Torch Run and Polar Plunge drives. He is married to a native of the Czech Republic who is a Physical Therapist, and they have two children.
Jim Spears JIM D. SPEARS--- (JUDGE ALTERNATE MEMBER)  Judge Jim Spears graduated from U of A, Fayetteville in 1973, majoring in History/Political Science. He was admitted to practice law in Arkansas in 1973, Sam Sexton Law Firm 1973-78, Solo practice 78-80, Asst. Fed Public Defender 81-82, Solo Practice 82-83, Adm Law Judge Workers’ Comp 83-93, Chancery Judge 93-01,Circuit Judge 01 – Present. His community organizations include: Civic Center Commission 88-01, Rotary Club President 01-02, Boy Scout Executive Board, Instrumental in the Bass Reeves statue. He is a member of First Methodist Church, Sebastian County Bar Assn Pres - 1986 Arkansas Bar Association. Honors and Awards: Dist Scouter Award, Silver Beaver, (Jaycees) Grady Secrest Humanitarian Award - 97 Jack White Community Service Award - 98 Leadership Ft Smith Alumni Assoc, Children: John David and his wife Margaret, and two grandchildren, Michael & Laura; Julia Diane and her husband Craig Adams and two grandchildren, Nathan and Collin
DERRICK W. SMITH DERRICK W. SMITH (ATTORNEY MEMBER) is an attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas. A native of Marianna, Arkansas, he received his B.A. degree in 1997 from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Mr. Smith received his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2000 where he served as Assistant Executive Editor of the Law Journal and President of the Student Bar Association. After serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Olly Neal of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, Mr. Smith joined the law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. He is a member of St. Mark Baptist Church and serves on the boards of Youth Home, Inc. and 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock. He is also vice chairperson of the Hendrix College Alumni Association Board of Governors and Secretary/Treasurer of the Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar Association.
Dr. Cheryl Felder-Stuart DR. CHERYL FELDER-STUART - (PUBLIC ALTERNATE MEMBER), is an Arkansas Gold Star Mom graduated salutatorian of her high school class where she and two of her cousins integrated the public schools in Okolona, AR, she received her BS Degree from Arkansas Baptist College, MSE Degree from Ouachita Baptist University and her PhD in Public Administration from Century University. A licensed Social Worker she is retired for the State of Arkansas Department of Human Services, and currently serves as Founder and CEO of the CPT Arthur "BO" Felder Service Center as an advocate for soldiers and dependents counseling in separation, grief, death and dying. She was appointed as a chartered member of the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission by Governor Clinton July, 1989 appointed for a second term which expired in 1995 by Governor Tucker, the past President of the Arkansas Human Services Employees Association, and past president of miller/Lafayette county NAACP Branch." Currently she serves as the president of the Lafayette-Miller District Women's Auxiliary, on the Lafayette County Library Board, Director of the Youth Department of the Arkansas Congress of Christian Education, the Director of the Young Adult Division of the National Congress of Christian Education and as the President of her Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She spends most of her time writing and designing workshops modules, teaching in the USA, Germany and the Dominican of the Republic. She has been resented in Who's Who in the National Baptist Convention USA, INC, received a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, the 2005 Harriett Tubman Award, 2010 outstanding Community Award and the 2011 Arkansas Council of Deliberation Gold Eagle. A mother, grandmother, member of the St. James Baptist Church and the order of Eastern Star.
Rex Terry REX M. TERRY- (ATTORNEY ALTERNATE MEMBER) - Rex Terry is a member of Hardin, Jesson & Terry, PLC, in Fort Smith. He is engaged in general practice, including commercial, transportation, and oil and gas litigation, transactional and probate matters. He graduated with a BA degree in History from Ouachita University in 1973, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1976, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. He is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation, a member of the Sebastian County, Arkansas, and American Bar Associations, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, and as member and chair of its continuing Legal Education Board. Active in the community, Terry has served on the Board of Directors of the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center, Advisory Board of Sparks Regional Medical Center, and as a member of the Fort Smith Civil Service Commission. He has served as a member of the Sebastian County Board of Election Commissioners, and is currently a Commissioner of the Fort Smith Housing Authority. He is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He was appointed to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission by Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr.
Cindy Thyer CINDY THYER - (JUDGE ALTERNATE MEMBER) Judge Cindy Thyer received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1992 and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1995. After practicing law in a general practice focusing on domestic relations litigation, Judge Thyer was appointed circuit judge by Governor Mike Huckabee in 2005 and again by Governor Mike Beebe in 2007. She was elected to her first judicial term in 2008. She has been active in the Arkansas Bar Association for many years by serving in the House of Delegates and on the Board of Governors, and by serving as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section and Chair of the Board of Governors. She has also been an active member of the Association's Legislation Committee and the Arkansas Supreme Court's Jury Instruction Committee. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and presently serves on the board of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. Presently, she is a member of the Arkansas Judicial Council's drug court and trial committees and enjoys her time on the bench hearing primarily criminal, civil and dependency-neglect cases.
Joyce Williams Warren JOYCE WILLIAMS WARREN (JUDGE MEMBER--CHAIRPERSON) Joyce Elise Williams Warren carries the honor of being the first black female judge in the Pulaski County system and, in fact, the first in Arkansas. She became the first black female judge in Arkansas when she was appointed as a Juvenile Court Judge in January 1983 by then County Judge Don Venhaus. Judge Warren was the first black person ever elected to a state level trial court judgeship in the State of Arkansas in November 1990. She currently serves as 10th Division Circuit Judge in the Sixth Judicial District, which encompasses Pulaski and Perry Counties, where she presides over juvenile and domestic relations cases. Educational preparation for Judge Warren’s career began at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois and was completed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology. She was the first black female graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, completing her Juris Doctor Degree in 1976. She has completed courses at the Summer College for Juvenile and Family Court Judges at the University of Nevada at Reno, and has attended Harvard University for continuing legal education courses through the American Academy of Judicial Education. In 2001, she earned a Diploma of Judicial Skills from the American Academy of Judicial Education. She shares her knowledge and experience by training judges and attorneys in Arkansas and other states. In 2000, Judge Warren wrote A Booklet for Parents, Guardians, and Custodians in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, which has been printed in English and Spanish and distributed throughout Arkansas and other states. In April of 2012, Judge Warren was named as the National CASA Judge of the Year. She is the Judge of the Arkansas Pilot Court Team for Safe Babies, a systems-change initiative focused on improving how courts, child welfare agencies, and related child-serving organizations work together, share information, and expedite services for young children. This Pilot Court Team monitors the cases of children, birth to three (3) years of age, who are in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services because of abuse or neglect. The Court Team Project is spearheaded by ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Judge Warren is a member of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, the Natural Wonders Partnership Council, the Chairperson of the Arkansas Children’s Behavioral Health Commission, and the Vice Chairperson of New Futures for Little Rock Youth. Judge Warren’s professional affiliations are with the American, National, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Arkansas Judicial Council (Past President), the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, and the W. Harold Flowers Law Society. She is married to James M. “Butch” Warren, and they have three adult sons. Judge Warren was elected Chairman of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission in July 2013. She is the Commission’s first female chairman.
John Paul Wells JOHN PAUL WELLS (ALTERNATE PUBLIC MEMBER)

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