Arkansas Chief Justice Dan Kemp has named Judge Brandon Harrison as chief judge of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, succeeding Judge Rita Gruber.  Judge  Harrison will assume office on September 1st.

Harrison was raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He then graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Harrison was first elected to the Court of Appeals in 2012 and elected to a second term earlier this year. Before being elected, Judge Harrison practiced law for nine years and served as law clerk to a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

In a statement,  Chief Justice Kemp thanked Judge Gruber for her service as chief  judge and  declared that he “looked forward to working with Judge Harrison during his term as chief.”

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