At least one of two open seats on the Arkansas Supreme Court apparently will have an election contest.
Tim Cullen, who lives in Maumelle and practices in Little Rock, announced via e-mail today that he’d be a candidate for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Justice Donald Corbin. Court of Appeals Judge Robin Wynne previously announced for the seat.
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Court of Appeals Judge Rhonda Wood remains unopposed for a vacancy created by Justice Robert Brown’s retirement. The seat is currently filled by an appointee, Cliff Hoofman, who can’t run.
Cullen’s news release:
Little Rock attorney Tim Cullen announced Tuesday his bid for the Arkansas Supreme Court to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Donald Corbin. Cullen practices law in Little Rock and has been lead counsel on appeal in more than 150 cases before appellate courts including the U.S. Supreme Court, Arkansas Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
“I have a strong work ethic and a reputation for detail and efficiency, having recently been recognized by my peers as one of the best lawyers in Arkansas in the unique area of appeals,” he said. “I have broad experience in handling all of the different types of appeals that the Arkansas Supreme Court decides.”
“I believe as a lawyer, people trust you with their lives, and attorneys have a moral responsibility to them,” Cullen added.
His firm has taken on some of the largest appeals in the state.
“I believe a voter needs to know I have a deep and personal respect of the virtues of hard work, very high personal standards for the judiciary, and strong view that we must enforce the rule of law to everybody, equally,” he added.
Cullen also serves on a task force appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to implement electronic filing of appeal records and appeal briefs, which he believes can reduce costs of producing appeals and could save money by reducing the infrastructure required to store thousands of appeal records and briefs every year.
He served as an adjunct instructor in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from the Arkansas Bar Association.
A native of Little Rock, Cullen graduated from the University of Arkansas where he served as student body president and also graduated law school from Fayetteville. He worked with the late Judge Terry Crabtree at the Arkansas Court of Appeals and later opened his private law practice representing clients in appellate matters.
He lives in Maumelle with his wife Sarah and three children. The nonpartisan judicial election will take place May 20, 2014.
Please visit Tim’s website at www.cullenforjustice.com for more information.