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Hempstead County Natives Honored by Bar Association

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 06/11/20 4:22 PM


LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Bar Association, in conjunction with the Arkansas Bar Foundation, has recognized two Hempstead County natives this week at its 122nd Annual Convention, held “virtually” this year due to COVID-19. Fulton native Judge Earnest E. Brown, Jr., and Hope native, attorney Julie DeWoody Greathouse, were presented with Golden Gavel Awards at this year’s annual conference.

Judge Brown is Circuit Judge fir Judicial District: 11th West, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties, based in Pine Bluff. He was recognized for work on the Steering Committee of the Public Service Academy.

Upon graduation from law school, he initiated his public service career, serving as deputy prosecuting attorney in the Jefferson-Lincoln County prosecuting attorney’s office. Formerly, he served as state representative for legislative district 16 in Pine Bluff and was assistant speaker pro-tem for the 4th District. He was also a member of Judiciary committee, State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committee, co-chair of the Legislative Joint Auditing State Agencies sub-committee, alternate on the Joint Public Retirement and Social Security Programs committee, and Secretary for Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus.


Prior to taking office, he was managing partner with Brown & McKissic Law Firm. Judge Brown was an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff teaching in the courses of constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal aspects of law enforcement, and legal aspects of corrections from spring 2000 until fall 2006. Judge Brown was a member of the 2000 class of Arkansas Business Top “40 under 40.” He is a past member of the Leadership Pine Bluff of Directors (1998 – 2001) and the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Judge Brown received the Arkansas State Court Appointed Advocates (CASA) Award for Juvenile Judge of the Year (2011).

Julie DeWoody Greathouse, PPGMR Law, PLLC, Little Rock, was recognized for work as Chair, Emeritus Attorney Rule.

Greathouse is managing member at PPGMR Law. Before joining the firm in 2000, Ms. Greathouse served as law clerk to Justice Robert L. Brown on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, where she served as Survey/Comments Editor of the Law Review and was a member of the National Trial Team and the Moot Court Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Harding University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1996.

Ms. Greathouse is admitted to practice in Arkansas and before the US District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and Northern District of California, the Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Greathouse regularly participates in civil litigation in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate level. Ms. Greathouse, along with her appellate team including firm lawyer Kimberly Logue and client counsel, won a unanimous (8-0) decision from the United States Supreme Court in the case of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States of America, 133 S. Ct. 511 (2012), a Fifth Amendment takings case in which she served as lead trial and appellate counsel. She also served as Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court in the case of Baptist v. Murphy, 2010 Ark. 358 (2010), in which she authored a concurring opinion joined by Justice Brown and Special Associate Justice Ellis.

Greathouse’s public service includes Arkansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Arkansas Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children, Arkansas Bar Foundation Development, Committee Member, 2017-18, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Fulbright Elementary PTA, Board Member, 2013 to present and Pulaski Academy, Board of Trustees.

This year’s conference theme is “Making a Difference: Lawyers in Service to Clients, Communities, and the Profession.”