January 30, 2008 Edition

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Warner plans run for judge

Vickie Warner of Strawberry has announced that she will seek the position of district judge for the Third Judicial District.

"I feel like being district judge is a very important job because many times it's the first time people walk into a court and the experience they have in district court could very well affect the way they conduct themselves the rest of their lives," Warner said. "This is an elected position, and I want the people of Lawrence County to have a choice."

The 52-year-old attorney has served in several capacities throughout the years. She worked as a child welfare attorney for four years, as deputy prosecuting attorney for the 16th Judicial District for six years and as a law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. She also had a private practice in Walnut Ridge for two years.

She is currently serving as an attorney ad litem, representing the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases, which she has been doing since 2000.

"I've always chosen occupations where I can serve people, and I see this as a way to serve the citizens of Lawrence County," she said.

A 1973 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, she received her bachelor's degree from Lyon College in 1985 and her juris doctorate from the UALR School of Law in Little Rock in 1988.

Her honors have included finishing third in her class at Lyon College, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as president of Alpha Chi, the college's honor society. While in law school, she served as an assistant editor of the Law Journal where she had three publications. Her published case note was in the criminal field. She also received the Downy Award for excellence in legal ethics while at UALR.

"My most cherished award since I've been practicing law has been CASA's statewide Attorney Ad Litem of the Year," she said.

She and her husband, Joe Warner, a native of Hoxie, have a grown child and three grandchildren.

"I'm a native of Lawrence County, and I love this county," Warner said. "I've lived outside Lawrence County, and I've lived on both sides of the river in Lawrence County. I moved back home to Lawrence County because the people here are the best."

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