Elsijane Trimble Roy

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Elsijane Trimble Roy
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
In office
January 1, 1989 – January 23, 2007
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
In office
January 1, 1989 – December 1, 1990
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
In office
November 2, 1977 – January 1, 1989
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded byOren Harris
Succeeded bySusan Webber Wright
Personal details
Born(1916-04-02)April 2, 1916
Lonoke, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 23, 2007(2007-01-23) (aged 90)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Arkansas School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationLawyer, judge

Elsijane Trimble Roy (April 2, 1916 – January 23, 2007) was an Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Lonoke, Arkansas, Roy received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1939. She was in private practice in Lonoke in 1939, and in Little Rock in 1940. She was an attorney for the Arkansas State Department of Revenue in Little Rock from 1941–42.

She was in private practice in Blytheville, Arkansas from 1945–63. She was a law clerk for Justice Frank Holt of the Supreme Court of Arkansas from 1963–65.

She was a Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas in 1966. She was an assistant state attorney general of the State of Arkansas in 1967, and was then a law clerk for Judge Gordon E. Young of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Arkansas from 1967–69, and a senior law clerk for Judge Paul X. Williams of the United States District Court of the Western District of Arkansas from 1970–75. She was an Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 1975–77.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On October 21, 1977, Roy was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a joint seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas vacated by Judge Oren Harris.

She was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 1, 1977, and received her commission on November 2, 1977. She assumed senior status on January 1, 1989. On December 1, 1990, Roy was reassigned to sit on only the Eastern District of Arkansas, and served in that capacity until her death, in Little Rock on January 23, 2007.[1]

Family[edit]

She was the daughter of Thomas Clark Trimble III and Elsie Jane Walls. She married lawyer James Morrison Roy on November 23, 1944, they divorced in 1967, they had one son. She and her husband had a law firm of Roy and Roy, dissolved in 1963.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Oren Harris
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

1977–1989
Succeeded by
Susan Webber Wright