Rutledge Statement on the Appointment of Howard Brill to be Arkansas Chief Justice
August 25, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in response to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s appointment of University of Arkansas School of Law Professor Howard W. Brill to be the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Brill will complete the term of Chief Justice Jim Hannah who announced his retirement on Aug. 13 from the court.
“Professor Howard Brill is an excellent appointment by the Governor to lead the State’s highest court,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Since 1975, Professor Brill has spent his days teaching future lawyers about legal ethics and professional responsibility and many continue to seek his guidance long after leaving the classroom. He is held in high esteem by his current and former students – many of whom have gone on to become top attorneys – and the countless lawyers and judges across Arkansas. I am confident that Professor Brill will uphold the rule of law and offer a fair and reasoned judgment to any of the important questions brought before him and the other justices. Serving as the State’s Chief Justice is an enormous task, but Professor Brill is certainly up to the challenge. On behalf of all of the attorneys at the Attorney General’s Office, I congratulate Professor Brill on this appointment.”