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Morris Arnold

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Morris Arnold
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   Little Rock, AR
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   05/26/1992 - 10/09/2006
Chief:   1992-1998
Senior:   10/09/2006-Present
Preceded by:   Donald Lay
Past post:   Judge, Western District of Arkansas
Past term:   1985-1992
Past position:   Seat #4T
Personal History
Hometown:   Texarkana, TX
Undergraduate:   University of Arkansas '65
Law School:   University of Arkansas '68
Grad. School:   Harvard Law '69 (LL.M.), '71 (S.J.D.)
Morris Sheppard Arnold (b. 1941) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Arnold is serving on senior status.


Born in Texarkana, Texas, Arnold received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1965 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Arnold attended law school at Fayetteville, receiving his LL.B. in 1968. Arnold received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degrees from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1969 and 1971, respectively.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Arnold was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George H.W. Bush on November 6, 1991, to a seat vacated by Donald Lay. Arnold was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 1992, on unanimous consent of the Senate, and received commission on May 26, 1992. Arnold later assumed senior status on October 9, 2006.[2]

Western District of Arkansas

Arnold was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas by President Ronald Reagan on October 23, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333, which was approved by Congress. Arnold was confirmed by the Senate on December 16, 1985, on a Senate vote and received commission on December 17, 1985.[1] Arnold was succeeded in this position by Harry Barnes.

Notable cases

Ninth Circuit rules that protections for endangered species must remain intact (2014)

In March 2014, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, comprised of Judges Arnold (sitting by designation), Jay Bybee and Johnnie Rawlinson, reversed a decision originally reached by Judge Oliver Wanger of the Eastern District of California. The majority opinion was written by Judge Bybee, who found that protections must remain intact for the delta smelt, an endangered species. The decision was considered a blow to those agencies that lobbied to do away with the delta smelt’s protections.


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Western District of Arkansas
Seat #4T
Succeeded by:
Harry Barnes
Preceded by:
Donald Lay
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Bobby Shepherd