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:   5/26/1992 - 10/9/2006
Chief:   1992-1998
Senior:   10/9/2006-Present
Preceded by:   Donald Lay
Past post:   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 (L.L.M.) '71 (SJD)
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.

Early life and education

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

Professional career

Arnold began his legal career as a private practice attorney in Arkansas in 1968. Arnold served as a teaching fellow in law at Harvard Law from 1969 to 1970 before becoming a Professor at Indiana Law from 1971 to 1977. In 1977, Arnold was named Vice-President of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he worked until 1981. In 1981, Arnold returned to Arkansas to become a Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law and resumed private practice work from 1981 to 1984.[1]

Arnold served as a Special Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1982 and was named Special Master of the Pulaski County Chancery Court in 1983 before resuming teaching as a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1984 to 1985. Arnold also served as a visiting Professor at Stanford Law in 1985 before becoming Dean of Indiana Law in 1985.[1]

Judicial career

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.

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Arnold was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George 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]

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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