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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   5/6/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   William Wilson
Personal History
Born:   1963
Hometown:   Memphis, TN
Undergraduate:   Arkansas State U., B.A., 1985
Law School:   Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
Grad. School:   The London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc., 1987

Denzil Price Marshall Jr. is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He was nominated to the court in 2009 by Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on May 5, 2010.

Early life and education

Judge Marshall received his undergrad degree from Arkansas State University - Jonesboro in 1985 and his J.D. from Harvard University in 1989. He also received a M.Sc. in 1986 from the London School of Economics and Political Science.[1][2]

Professional career

After receiving his juris doctorate, Marshall clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Arnold until 1991. He joined the law firm Barrett & Deacon and worked with them for 15 years. Marshall became a judge for the Arkansas Court of Appeals in 2006. He served District 1, Position 2. Per Act 1812 of 2003, District 1 is composed of Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Poinsett, Prairie, White and Woodruff counties.[3]

Marshall is currently adjunct faculty at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro teaching political science, and since 2004 he has served as Reporter for the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice.[1][2]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Arkansas

On December 4, 2009, Marshall was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the Eastern District of Arkansas.[1] Marshall was recommended to the president by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark).[4] He had been mentioned as a choice for the court as early as March of 2009.[5] Marshall was nominated to fill the seat vacated when William Wilson took senior status.[6]

Marshall was confirmed by the Senate of May 5, 2010, and received his commission the following day.[7]

Marshall received a rating of "Unanimously Well Qualified" from the American Bar Association.[8]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Marshall's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Marshall had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 20, 2010.[9][10] The Committee reported Marshall's nomination to the full Senate on February 11, 2010 and the Senate confirmed Marshall by voice vote on May 5, 2010.[8]

Notable cases

School district desegregation case (2012)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
In December 2012, Judge Marshall ruled that two Arkansas school districts could not be released from federal supervision for complying fully with desegregation.[11][12] The Pulaski County Special and North Little Rock school districts have been under federal supervision since the 1960's and involved in a case over progress since 1988. Though Judge Marshall did not rule in favor of the school districts, he did suggest short hearings on specific compliance areas in the future, instead of holding one hearing which would last weeks. In addition, Marshall approved a settlement between the district and attorneys who originally brought the suit.[11][13]

See also

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