Edited by Frances Mitchell Ross
University of Arkansas Press, 2016
Audio: Judge Morris S. Arnold talks about the book's publication process
(Advance to minute 53 of Historical Society's 2016 History Workshop)
In May 2016, the history of the federal district courts in Arkansas was released by the University of Arkansas Press.
The history is told through essays on the lives and significant cases of the courts' judges, written by various authors and edited by Frances Mitchell Ross.
This book is the culmination of a three-decade project of the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas branches of the Eighth Circuit Historical Society, led by the dedicated efforts of Ms. Ross. The project was conceived by Judge Henry Woods in consultation with Judge Richard S. Arnold and Judge Susan Webber Wright (then Professor Wright). They enlisted the assistance of Frances Ross, who carried the project to fruition.
Ms. Ross is an accomplished scholar and writer on Arkansas legal history, a retired history professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Historical Society Vice President and Board member, representing the Eastern District of Arkansas.
At the recent Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morris S. Arnold, a highly regarded legal scholar and historian himself, and University of Arkansas Press Director Mike Bieker both spoke on publishing court histories. To hear Judge Arnold relate the how the Arkansas history came to be published and to hear their insight on publishing court histories, click here to access the recording of the Historical Society’s History Workshop. Advance to minute 53 for the portion on Court History and Biography.