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Judge Jim Spears

Born in Fayetteville, AR on March 5,1946. Lived with grandparents in Elkins , AR while mother attended nursing school at Sparks School of Nursing in Fort Smith. Attended Fort Smith public schools and graduated in 1964 from Northside High School. Graduated from Westark Jr. College in 1966 and Arkansas Tech in 1968 with a BA in history and political science. Worked as a district executive for Westark Area Council Boy Scouts of America 1968-69. Then was instructor (with no credentials) at Bost School in spring of 1970. Attended Arkansas School of Law 1970-73. Associate in Sexton Law firm 1973-78. Individual practice 1978-80. Special Federal Public Defender during Cuban relocation at Fort Chaffee 1980-82. Administrative Law Judge Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission 1983-92. Elected Chancery Judge 1993-2016. Title changed to circuit judge by amendment 80. Retired . Married to Dixie in 1975. Two children John and Julie and 4 grandchildren; Nathan, Colin, Michael and Laura.

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