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BIOGRAPHIES of the
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Judge Edwin Alderson JUDGE EDWIN ALDERSON (JEAC MEMBER) - Judge Alderson is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and the University of Arkansas School of Law. He was Union County Municipal Judge in El Dorado from 1972 through 1991, and served as Special Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1991. Judge Alderson is a lifetime member of the Arkansas District Judges Council, and a member of the Union County, Arkansas and the American Bar Associations. He is a Chairman of the Board of First Financial Bank and IDX, Inc. He is Executive Vice President, founder and part owner of Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado and teaches Sunday School in the Fellowship Bible Class. He is a former President and now a Director of El Dorado Fifty for the Future, Inc. He is a former member of the State Board of Law Examiners, the State Board of Education, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission and Charter Member and past President of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Judge Alderson has served in leadership positions with the United Way of Union County, the South Arkansas Regional Health Center, the South Arkansas Symphony, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, and the Red Cross of Union County. He is a Director of Jet Asphalt and Rock Company, Inc., First Financial Bank, IDX, Inc., and Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation. Judge Alderson has served as a member of the Arkansas Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee since its formation in July 1, 1991. Partner since 1969 with William C. Nolan, Jr. in Nolan and Alderson and Nolan Investment Company.  
Judge John Cole JUDGE JOHN COLE (JEAC MEMBER) Judge Cole was licensed to practice law in 1967. He was elected Sheridan Municipal Judge in 1970; Prosecuting Attorney of the 7th Judicial District and took office January 1, 1975; Judge Cole was elected Circuit Judge of the 7th Judicial District and took office January 1, 1979; He retired after 24 years on December 31,2002. He was chairman of the Arkansas Sentencing Commission. President of the Arkansas Judicial Council. Now practicing a little law, accepting assignments by the Supreme Court, a Board member of Malvern National Bank, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ouchita Technical College. Judge Cole lives in Sheridan with his wife Mary. The couple has two sons.
Attorney Judy Simmons Henry ATTORNEY JUDY SIMMONS HENRY is a partner with the law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock and Rogers, Arkansas, where she is the immediate past chair of the firm's Executive Committee and has served on management as Chair of the Business Litigation Team for the last 11 years. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, class action defense, banking, complex business litigation and general business law. She is also an NFLPA certified contract advisor, representing professional football players in all aspects of their careers. Ms. Henry started her law career as a law clerk to the late Judge James G. Mixon, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. She is a member of the Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas, where she served as president in 1991. She is a member of the American, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations. She is a past Chair of the Arkansas Bar Association Business Law Committee and past Chair of the Debtor-Creditor Committee of the Arkansas Bar. Appointed by two Arkansas Attorneys General, she served as an alternate member of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission for 12 years, recently term-limited in service. Since 2000, she has served on the Board of Trustees of Baptist Health, the largest healthcare system in the State of Arkansas. She is a member of its Executive Committee and its Diversification and Compliance Committee. Ms. Henry also serves on the Baptist Health Corporation Board and on the Board of an affiliate entity that owns and operates physician practices, Arkansas Health Group. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for 2005-2015; Outstanding Lawyer in America, 2003-2005; Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, 2006-2015, Top 50 Arkansas Lawyer for 2006, 2013 and 2014 and Mid-South Top 50 Women Super Lawyers for 2011, 2013 - 2015; and an outstanding business lawyer in Chambers USA, 2009-2015. Ms. Henry has been recognized as an outstanding presenter for Arkansas' Best of CLE over a dozen times in her career. Ms. Henry has served as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. In 2013, Ms. Henry was appointed to The National Center of State Courts as the AR lawyer representative to work closely with the Chief Justices of each state and the United States Supreme Court on special court projects. Ms. Henry earned her B.S.E. degree from the University of Central Arkansas and her M.E. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Judy Simmons Henry is the first woman to serve on the Arkansas Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. She replaces Prof. Howard Brill whose three (3) year renewable term ends on June 30, 2017.



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