Lawyer Tim Cullen announced Monday he intends to run for the state Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Donald Corbin.
Cullen, who lives in Maumelle and practices in Little Rock, is the second candidate to announce for the seat. State Court of Appeals Judge Robin Wynne of Fordyce announced his intention to run in June.
This year’s nonpartisan judicial elections will be held May 20, along with party primaries.
Court of Appeals Judge Rhonda Wood of Conway is currently unopposed for the seat now held by Justice Cliff Hoofman, who was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2012 to replace retired Justice Robert Brown. As an appointee, Hoofman cannot run for the seat.
Cullen said in a news release Monday that his firm has taken on some of the largest appeals in the state.
“I have a strong work ethic and a reputation for detail and efficiency, having recently been recognized by my peers as one of the best lawyers in Arkansas in the unique area of appeals,” he said. “I have broad experience in handling all of the different types of appeals that the Arkansas Supreme Court decides. I believe as a lawyer, people trust you with their lives, and attorneys have a moral responsibility to them.”
He said he has high personal standards for the judiciary and believes strongly that “we must enforce the rule of law to everybody, equally.”
Cullen serves on a task force appointed by the state Supreme Court to implement electronic filing of appeal records and briefs, which he said can save money by reducing the infrastructure required to store thousands of appeals documents every year. He also has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has received a Golden Gavel Award from the Arkansas Bar Association.
A native of Little Rock, Cullen graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and obtained his law degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.