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Rutledge Names New Leadership of Civil Department


May 1, 2017

Selects Monty Baugh as deputy attorney general and Renae Hudson as senior assistant attorney general

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today named Monty Baugh of Little Rock as deputy attorney general for the Civil Department and Renae Hudson of Sherwood as senior assistant attorney general joining Christine Cryer of Little Rock and Colin Jorgensen of Little Rock in that leadership role.

“I am excited to welcome Monty Baugh as the deputy attorney general of the Civil Department,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Monty’s impressive background will bring a fresh perspective to the office, and I know his skills as a litigator will enhance the abilities of the top-notch attorneys who are already doing exceptional work. I also want to congratulate Renae Hudson as she joins Christine Cryer and Colin Jorgensen as senior assistant attorneys general in the department. These three, along with Monty, make a tremendous leadership team with years of experience.”

Baugh has spent time practicing in the areas of business law, commercial litigation, insurance defense and civil defense for county and municipal law enforcement agencies. Baugh began his law career clerking for former Justice Annabelle Clinton-Imber on the Arkansas Supreme Court and has been in private practice for over eight years, including six years as a solo practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a licensed professional engineer, having practiced in that field for 17 years before his admission to the Arkansas Bar. Baugh earned a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Hudson has been serving an assistant attorney general in the Civil Department since 2003 and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Bowen School of Law where she teaches litigation skills. In addition, she serves as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Training Program offering litigation training to attorneys from across the State. Hudson graduated with honors from Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Juris Doctor from the Bowen School of Law.

Before joining the Attorney General’s office in 2004, Cryer spent three years in private practice representing insurance companies and their insureds in state and federal court, as well as claims before the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. She received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UA Little Rock and a Juris Doctor from the Bowen School of Law.

Jorgensen joined the staff in 2007 after having worked as an associate at the firm Wright Lindsey Jennings in Little Rock from 2004 to 2006. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.

Handling approximately 500 cases each year in state and federal courts, the Civil Department’s attorneys serve as counsel representing agencies, officials, boards and commissions when any are named as defendants in civil lawsuits. The lawyers also initiate lawsuits to protect the interests of the State.

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