November/December 2014

Retirement: Judge Audrey R. Evans

Judge Audrey R. Evans, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas will retire January 6, 2015. She was appointed on February 17, 2002 to succeed Judge Mary Davies Scott. She served as Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Arkansas from January 1, 2003, until December 31, 2009.

Judge Evans earned her B.A. degree (cum laude) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967, taught school, and raised two sons with her husband Don before entering the University of Arkansas School of Law at Little Rock. She served as associate editor of UALR Law Journal and graduated with honors in 1983. She is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.

Following law school, Judge Evans clerked for the Chief Judge G. Thomas Eisele of the Eastern District of Arkansas for two years, 1983-1985. She then practiced law for 16 years, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She was a partner in the firm of Lax, Vaughan, Evans, and Fortson, P.A. from 1991 until her appointment to the federal bench.

While practicing law, Judge Evans was a board member of VOCALS (Volunteer Organization for Central Arkansas Legal Services) from 1990 to 1998, serving as chair, 1993-1995. She was a law examiner of the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners, 1996-2001, serving as chair in 2001. She served as chair of the Subcommittee on Admissions of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Task Force on Lawyer Admission & Discipline, 1998-2001. In 1999 she was an Adjunct Professor of Ethics at UALR’s law school.

Congratulations, Judge Evans!