BY MICHAEL REISIG –
There’s a new attorney in town and word on the street is, she’s going to make a nice addition to the area and the legal system. Debra Buschman was born in Dallas but the family moved to Hatton when she was four. As she grew up in the area she attended Wickes schools and graduated there, going on to Arkansas State for four years obtaining a degree in Political Science in 2001.
“I had always wanted to be an attorney and I was told that was the best major to take for that goal,” she recalled. “I went on to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and in 2006 got a degree in Law. I went on to work in private practice for a year in Fayetteville. I had worked as an intern in the summer of 2000, for Tim Williamson here in Mena, and I found that I really liked the idea of working as a prosecutor – doing good things for society, so I stayed at private practice until I found a job in Lone Oak, Ark., as a deputy prosecutor. I prosecuted felony civil victim crimes, primarily violent crimes, and I really liked the work. It was very rewarding. I never had to worry whether what I was doing was right.”
Buschman said she stayed there for two and a half years, and later tried her hand at being a public defender, which provided her with a broad view of the criminal justice system. Then she went back to work as a deputy prosecutor in Benton, Ark., for about a year.
“It was during that time that I met my husband, Paul, who is a doctor, and we were married,” she explained. “Paul found a job in Mena in July of this year, working at Mena Regional Health System, and we moved here. I decided to go into private practice here this August.”
Buschman realizes that she’s new in town, but she sees that as an advantage, not a disadvantage.
“I feel that I’ve gained a lot of experience in other jurisdictions, which allows me fresh perspective on legal challenges, so I can better serve my clients,” she said. “I want to approach every case with an open mind. I like to think that at the end of the day I’ve been able to have a positive impact on another person’s life. That I’ve been able to help them in some way.”
Buschman went on to say that she thinks her fees are reasonable, but they do reflect the quality of the service. “I go above and beyond for every client and I try to be there when they need me,” she added. “My hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment, but I know my clients work for a living and I try to be available after hours as well. I’m looking forward to becoming involved with this community. My husband and I look at Mena as our home now, and we hope to be here for years to come.
“I have to say that this is the friendliest place I’ve ever been a part of,” she added. “The people have gone out of their way to make us welcome. I hope to return the favor.”