About Wendy

I am running to serve as your judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. For most Arkansans, this is the court of last resort. 

 

I believe every voter deserves to know who they’re electing. I believe you want a judge with a proven record in both law and in life. You deserve a judge who understands the importance of listening to both sides before making a final call. You want a judge who is experienced and always fair.

 

I have been a lawyer for twenty-five years: ten years as a trial lawyer and fifteen years for Judge Larry Vaught on the Court of Appeals. I know firsthand the important work the Court of Appeals does to protect the rights and freedoms of the people of Arkansas. And I am ready and would be honored to serve as your judge.

I give special thanks to Paul, my husband of twenty-five years, for his support in this election. He is an amazing, compassionate father to our two daughters. 

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I place my trust in the integrity of our legal system and am committed to serve the people of Arkansas. With your support, I will do exactly that.

 

Thank you,

A story that forged my life's work ethic

One look at me (or at my picture) and you might guess that I played basketball. I would like to share with you a story from almost 40 years ago. This story fueled my commitment to fair play and hard work. It paved my road to a successful college basketball career and to a career in law.

 

I grew up in Fort Smith. I recall the night in January of 1983. I was thirteen years old, and I played center for Chaffin Junior High School. We were playing at Kimmons Junior High. They were good, and the game was tough. 

That night, I was fouled—a lot. Luckily, the referee blew his whistle each time, and I was sent to the free throw line—time and again. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to help my team. Unfortunately, I missed eleven of them. And. We. Lost. I was devastated. I let my teammates down. I disappointed myself.  

I was in tears as I rode home from the game with my Dad. He was an FBI agent, and he understood basketball and people. When we pulled into the driveway, under our basketball goal, he gave me what I now know to be a very important gift. The gift of empowerment. 

 

My father taught me I had the power to improve my own situation. He instilled in me a strong work ethic and the value of practice, practice, practice. He urged me to be consistent. To not rest until I was satisfied. 

 

There is no better gift a father could give his young daughter than to offer steady reassurance of the fact that she has her own voice. That she has her own power to bring about positive change. What a life lesson!  Thousands of free throws later, I witnessed a profound change in my life. My hard work helped our high school team, Fort Smith Southside, win five state championships. I earned a scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Many of my basketball records still stand today. 

 

One record reminds me of my father’s life lesson –I held the NCAA record for the most consecutive free throws for both men and women. 

 

I went on to play basketball for one of the United States national teams and later played professionally in Japan. It was an amazing adventure! 

But that’s not the end of my story. Upon my return, I hit the books in law school. After graduation, I worked for a decade as a trial lawyer arguing tough cases. I stood tall before judges and juries. I listened to clients who trusted a legal system to get it right. 

 

For the past fifteen years, I have worked at the Court of Appeals for Judge Larry Vaught. There, I have worked on more than one thousand five hundred cases. Judge Vaught is retiring, and if you elect me, please know I’ll be ready to serve on day one! 

This is what I believe: Voters deserve an appellate judge with deep experience in this unique area of law. Voters want someone with a proven record of helping clients in a courtroom. Voters deserve a judge who understands fair play and hard work.

 

I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.