Huckabee Finds Replacement for Vaught on Court

Gov. Mike Huckabee has appointed Patricia Hayes to fill the Little Rock Municipal Court vacancy created by the election of Larry Vaught to the Arkansas Court of Appeals, the governor’s office said Wednesday.

Hayes, of Little Rock, a lawyer for Southwestern Bell since 1997, will serve until the judgeship is filled in a special election. An election date hasn’t been set.

Before joining Southwestern Bell, Hayes was a deputy city attorney from 1994-96 and worked at the Rose Law Firm from 1989-94.

In 1989, Hayes received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While in law school, she was managing editor of the Law Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Missouri in 1978.

Hayes was appointed to the Little Rock Civil Service Commission in 1999 and is a member of the Little Rock Vision 2000 Public Safety Committee. Huckabee appointed her a special associate justice to the state Supreme Court in 1998. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the UALR Law School, teaching trial advocacy and business law.

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