United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
|Appeals to||Eighth Circuit|
|Established||March 3, 1851|
|Chief judge||J. Leon Holmes|
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (in case citations, E.D. Ark.) is the United States District Court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties: Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Conway, Craighead, Conway, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Dehsa, Drew, Faulkner, Fulton, Grant, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Perry, Phillips, Poinsett, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Sharpe, St, Francis, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff, and Yell.
Appeals from the Eastern District of Arkansas are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
Arkansas was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase, and became part of the Territory of Missouri in 1812, when Louisiana became a state. When Missouri became a state in 1819, a territorial government, including a territorial court, was organized for Arkansas, taking effect on July 4, 1819. The United States District Court for the District of Arkansas was established with a single judge when Arkansas became a state, on June 15, 1836, by 5 Stat. 50, 51. The court was subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on March 3, 1851, by 9 Stat. 594.
Current judges 
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|23||Chief Judge||Brian Stacy Miller||Little Rock||1967||2008–present||2012—present||—||G.W. Bush|
|19||District Judge||Susan Webber Wright||Little Rock||1948||1990–present||1998–2005||—||G.H.W. Bush|
|22||Chief Judge||James Leon Holmes||Little Rock||1951||2004–present||2005–2012||—||G.W. Bush|
|24||District Judge||D. Price Marshall Jr.||Little Rock||1963||2010–present||—||—||Obama|
|25||District Judge||Kristine Gerhard Baker||Little Rock||1971||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|11||Senior District Judge||Garnett Thomas Eisele||Little Rock||1923||1970–1991||1975–1991||1991–present||Nixon|
|20||Senior District Judge||William Roy Wilson, Jr.||Little Rock||1939||1993–2008||(none)||2008–present||Clinton|
|21||Senior District Judge||James Maxwell Moody||Little Rock||1940||1995–2008||(none)||2008–present||Clinton|
Former judges 
|#||Judge||State||Born/Died||Active service||Term as Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|2||Henry Clay Caldwell||AR||1832–1915||1864–1890||(none)||(none)||Lincoln||appointment to circuit court|
|3||John A. Williams||AR||1835–1900||1890–1900||(none)||(none)||Harrison||death|
|5||John Ellis Martineau||AR||1873–1937||1928–1937||(none)||(none)||Coolidge||death|
|6||Thomas Clark Trimble III||AR||1878–1965||1937–1957||1948–1957||1957–1965||F. Roosevelt||death|
|7||Harry Jacob Lemley||AR||1883–1965||1939–1958||(none)||1958–1965||F. Roosevelt||death|
|8||Jesse Smith Henley||AR||1917–1997||1958–1975||1959–1975||(none)||Eisenhower||appointment to 8th Cir.|
|9||Gordon Elmo Young||AR||1907–1969||1959–1969||(none)||(none)||Eisenhower||death|
|10||Oren Harris||AR||1903–1997||1965–1976||(none)||1976–1997||L. Johnson||death|
|12||Terry Lee Shell||AR||1922–1978||1975–1978||(none)||(none)||Ford||death|
|13||Elsijane Trimble Roy||AR||1916–2007||1977–1989||(none)||1989–2007||Carter||death|
|14||Richard S. Arnold||AR||1936–2004||1978–1980||(none)||(none)||Carter||appointment to 8th Cir.|
|17||George Howard, Jr.||AR||1924–2007||1980–2007||(none)||(none)||Carter||death|
|18||Stephen M. Reasoner||AR||1944–2004||1988–2002||1991–1998||2002–2004||Reagan||death|
United States Attorneys 
Recent former U.S. Attorneys for the district
See also 
- Lynn Foster, Their Pride and Ornament: Judge Benjamin Johnson and the Federal Courts in Early Arkansas, 22 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 21 (1999).
- U.S. District Courts of Arkansas, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 390.
- Alfred Conkling, A Treatise on the Organization, Jurisdiction and Practice of the Courts of the United States (1864), p. 179.
- Initially appointed to the District of Arkansas in 1849 by Zachary Taylor; reassigned to both the Western District of Arkansas and the Eastern District of Arkansas in 1851.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 4, 1900, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 9, 1901, and received commission on January 9, 1901.
- Recess appointment; not confirmed by the United States Senate, but Eisenhower successfully renominated Henley to a different seat on the same court prior to the expiration of the initial appointment.