Judge Emily White was the guest speaker at the We the People TEA Party meeting recently. Judge White, who currently serves as District Court Judge in the 33rd State District Court which covers Hot Spring and Grant counties, is seeking the District 4 Position 2 Arkansas Court of Appeals position. The district covers 15 counties along the western part of the state from Fort Smith to Texarkana and includes Sebastian, Miller, Logan, Scott, Yell, Garland, Montgomery, Polk, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Clark, Hot Spring, Hempstead and Little River counties. Meredith Switzer who was appointed is currently holding the position. Switzer was to the position by Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the death of Judge David “Mac” Glover. Due to state law Switzer is prevented from running for the seat.
When asked why she’s running, she said she thought being on the Court of Appeals would be the best way she could “serve the people of this state”.
Judge White, in the past, has served as deputy executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, was managing attorney for a law practice in central Arkansas, where she oversaw all aspects of civil and criminal litigation, and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for both the 6th and 22nd Judicial Districts.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Henderson State University, she graduated from the William H. Bown School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Juris Doctorate.
Judge White and her husband, David Lengefeld, have been married for 16 years and have two school age daughters. White’s family has lived in the Hot Spring County area for over 100 years.