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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.
Professor Howard Brill PROFESSOR HOWARD BRILL - (JEAC MEMBER) Professor Brill received his B.A. from Duke University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. He was editor and chief of the University of Florida Law Review, and holds the Order of the Coif. In 1979 he received his L.L.M. from the University of Arkansas. He served in the Peace Corps in Sokoto, Nigeria for two years. He served as a law clerk to Judge Robert T. Mann, District Court of Appeals, Florida, from 1970 through 1971. He began teaching at the University of Arkansas Law School in 1975, and became a full professor in 1982. He currently serves as the Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He has also published extensively from books, Arkansas and Professional and Judicial Ethics (6th Edition, 2003 M &M Press) to articles such as “The Arkansas Code of Judicial Conduct”, 35 Ark. L. Rev. 722-728 (1981). Professor Brill was awarded the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teacher at the University of Arkansas in May, 1993. He was also Outstanding Teacher in 1977, was a Law Faculty nominee for Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Arkansas in 1987 and 1992, and was awarded the distinguished title of Professor of the Year in 1992, 1991, 1987, and 1980. He was a member of the Governor’s Ethics Task Force 1993-1995, and the Governor’s Code of Ethics Commission 1987 to 1988. As a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, he served in leadership positions on the Civil Procedure Committee, the Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee, Special Committee for the Study of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Arkansas Bar Association Advisory Opinions, and the Joint Committee for the Study of the Model Rules of Judicial Conduct. Other activities and community service include coaching soccer and youth basketball, being a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville. He has served on the Fayetteville Schools Committee, and the Fayetteville Civil Service Commission. Professor Brill was appointed to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in 1991, and has served as the Committee’s Chairman since 1992.



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