Every vote counts.
Gov. Mike Beebe appointed a special justice to the Supreme Court today to help decide the huge case in which the Hempstead Hunting Club is challenging the Public Service Commission's approval of a permit for a coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County. The state Court of Appeals had overturned PSC approval.
Justice Jim Gunter has disqualified from the case. He didn't participate in the court's decision to review the lower court Oct. 22. Beebe today appointed Danyelle Walker of Little Rock to replace him. Her bio, from a recent conference on access to justice for all citizens in civil cases:
B.S. Accounting, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1992
J.D., UALR-Bowen School of Law, 1995
Danyelle Walker began her legal career in bankruptcy law after completing a clerkship with Judge Andree Layton Roaf. Soon after becoming an attorney, Ms. Walker joined the Volunteer Organization of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS) to help clients with bankruptcy issues. She quickly proved to be a dependable asset to the program; as a member of VOCALS, Ms. Walker has accepted over 150 cases.
Along with doing pro bono work, Ms. Walker serves on several boards and committees. Ms. Walker is a board member of the VOCALS program, and is currently one of two board members who accept pro bono cases. She serves on the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, where she works to see that equal justice reaches all Arkansans. She is a past president of the Central Arkansas Debtor/Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association where she is serving a second term on the House of Delegates. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Commission on Diversity. She has done numerous continuing legal education seminars for both the Arkansas Bar Association and the Debtor/Creditor Bar. And Ms. Walker is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association, W. Harold Flowers Law Society, and the Judge William R. Overton Inn of Court.