Candidate for Arkansas Court of Appeals announces candidacy for the District 4, Position 2 seat.
Stephanie Potter Barrett is running for the seat which serves 15 counties along the western part of the state.
These counties include Miller, Little River, Hempstead, Howard, Sevier, and Pike.
Barett says, “I believe my diverse and vast experience in the legal field, both civil and criminal, as well as prosecuting and defense, gives me a well-rounded perspective that will serve well as a Court of Appeals Judge. If elected, I will base my decisions on the law and the facts as they apply to the law and refuse to allow politics and result-oriented opinion writing to interfere with the duty at hand. I will be honest, fair and impartial and treat both parties on appeal with civility and decorum.”
According to her candidacy news release, she graduated with honors from Arkansas High School in 1991. Barrett graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a B.A. in 1995. In addition to her studies at the University of Arkansas, she attended George Washington University where she studied International Relations. She also studied foreign language at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. During law school, she studied comparative law at Oxford University in Oxford, England. She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk for Judge Terry Crabtree at the Arkansas Court of Appeals
Barrett returned home to Texarkana to begin a private law practice. She spent the next seven years in a private general practice. It included everything from family law and criminal defense to contracts and estates. During that time, she also worked as a contract public defender until she went to work as a deputy prosecutor in 2007.
“As a prosecutor, I have handled all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor domestic assaults and drunk driving offenses to felony crimes including aggravated robberies, rape and capital
murder. I started my career at the Court of Appeals over 21 years ago as a law clerk and I am very excited about returning to the Court of Appeals as a Judge to review cases, interpret law and
write opinions. I would be honored to continue to serve the citizens of Arkansas as the next Court of Appeals Judge for District 4, Position 2,” Barrett said.
Candidate Stephanie Barrett has served on various community boards.
They include serving as Secretary and Treasurer to the Teen Court Board, serving on the Executive Board for the Texarkana Country
Club, the Girls and Boys Club Board and the College Hill Elementary Parent Teacher Association Board in the past. She served on the Planning and Zoning commission from 2005
until 2010 and served as Chairman of the Board during that time. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Texarkana, member of P.E.O. charitable organization and a graduate of
Leadership Texarkana. Barrett has served as Secretary to the Texarkana Bar Association. Also she served as the South/East Young Lawyer Representative to the Arkansas Bar Association.
She has been licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Texas in state courts as well as federal courts. She is a member of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the Texarkana Bar Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association. This year she was appointed to serve on the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association Board of Directors and also serve on the APAA Legislative
Committee. A lifelong resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, candidate Stephanie Barrett is married to Shorty Barrett and has two children, Lawson and Mary Elizabeth.