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Joanna Taylor

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Joanna Taylor
Current Court Information:
Arkansas Fourth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Division 7
Active:   2011-2016
Past position:   Judge, Madison County District Court
Past term:   2005-2010
Past position 2:   Attorney in private practice
Past term 2:   1994-Present
Personal History
Born:   c. 1968
Hometown:   Arkansas
Religion:   Presbyterian
Undergraduate:   Western Connecticut State University, 1989
Law School:   University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1993

Joanna Taylor is a judge for the Fourth Circuit in Arkansas. She was elected to the bench in 2010 for a term expiring in 2016.[1][2]


Taylor received her undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University in 1989. She earned her J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law in 1993. She also attended Centenary College of Louisiana.[3][4][5][6]


Awards and associations

  • Arkansas District Judges Council
  • Arkansas District Judges Education Committee
  • Former President, Madison-Carroll County Bar Association
  • Arkansas District Judges Legislative Committee
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Volunteer attorney with Legal Aid of Arkansas
  • Board member, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA
  • Judge of student competitions at University of Arkansas Law School
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Elder, Deacon & Sunday School Teacher, First Presbyterian Church
  • Huntsville Community Choir
  • Friendship Club[3][6]

2010 election

Joanna Taylor ran for circuit judge of the Arkansas 4th Judicial District, Division 07. She competed against candidates Gary Carson, Steve Zega, and Charles M. Duell in the primary election. Joanna Taylor defeated Steve Zega in the general election.[2]

Judicial philosophy

Taylor was quoted in Ozark Unbound:

I am not sure I ever interpret the law; statutes are written to be taken at face value and in their plain meaning and should not require interpretation. Occasionally, a word will not be defined by statute, and the court must supply a definition, and, in that instance, I generally use the most common and obvious definition. Analysis of the law is necessary when several legal arguments apply and a distinction must be made between them. I believe justice is best served by a common sense approach. If the legal theory requires straining and bending to make sense, it is not likely to be sound and defensible.[6] - Joanna Taylor[7]

See also

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