July/August 2009 issue

New Magistrate Judge for E.D. Arkansas: Volpe


On July 30, 2009, Chief United States District Judge J. Leon Holmes swore in Joe J. Volpe as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Judge Volpe succeeds John Forster, Jr., the Magistrate Judge for whom Volpe previously clerked.

The son of a career Army officer, Joe Volpe has lived in numerous places around the United States and overseas. He is a 1988 graduate of the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He spent four years on active duty as an artillery officer and was stationed in Oklahoma, California, Colorado, and The Republic of Turkey. Upon leaving the active Army, he moved to Little Rock where he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Joe Volpe spent some time clerking in state and federal courts. In October 2001, the Arkansas Army National Guard activated him and he deployed to Egypt for 7 months. Upon his return, he was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Little Rock where he served for approximately 7 years. Welcome, Judge Volpe!