Lisa Hammersly

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Arkansas Bar Association unveils plan to end justice races

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

In appeal, lawyers say penalty unjust

Judge’s ruling appealed to 8th Circuit

Subscriber onlyA 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. Continue reading...

Justices' ruling revisits big-donor issue

Nursing homes lose to attorneys

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

UA putting on $450,000 bash

Gift to foot bill falls through, but more private cash found

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

3 UA trustees have links to 3 firms tied to stadium project

Subscriber onlyThree 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. Continue reading...

AG calls on U.S. justices in crash-report dispute

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

Class-suit watchdog seeks role in appeal

He would back rebukes for 5 lawyers

Subscriber onlyA 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. Continue reading...

Defense lawyers appeal ethics-violation ruling

Subscriber onlyLyn 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. Continue reading...

Arkansas center for disabled called lifesaver

Residents’ parents speak up for institutions as legislators tour

Subscriber onlyBOONEVILLE -- 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. Continue reading...

Wounded Arkansas police chief recalls bullets whizzing

Subscriber onlyFORT 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. Continue reading...

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