I was recently named President-Elect of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. I am scheduled to serve as the organization's President in 2018-2019. During my time as President in 2018, SJR8, the legislatively referred question from the most recent legislative session, commonly called tort "reform" will be on the ballot. SJR8 seeks to place an arbitrary value on human life, regardless of circumstance or the egregious actions of the wrongdoer, of $500,000.00. It also seeks to wrestle rule-making authority from the courts and place it in the hands of the legislature, where all judicial rules will be subject to massive influxes of lobbying dollars from special interests seeking to stack the deck and rig the game in their favor to ultimately pad their bottom lines. This effort is but the first in a series of many that will ultimately seize freedoms from the people and place them in the hands of special interests. Your freedoms will be on your ballot in 2018. I hope you protect them by voting NO.
I look forward to serving as President-Elect and ultimately as President of ATLA. I look forward to traveling the state and having conversations about the power grab under way by special interests via SJR8. I am committed to fighting for and protecting Arkansans. I anticipate coming to your town soon! In the meantime, I urge you to educate yourself about SJR8 and vote NO in November, 2018!