Beebe Appoints Judges, Building Authority Leader

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced appointments for two vacated judgeships and also appointed a special justice for an Arkansas Supreme Court case.
The appointees are:
-- Alice Lightle of Little Rock to the Little Rock District Court, Third (Environmental) Division.
Lightle, 53, is the policy director for the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. She has also worked in private practice and as an Assistant Attorney General. The appointment expires Dec. 31, 2008.
-- Camille Williams Bennett of Lonoke to the 23rd Judicial District.
Bennett, 46, has been an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection since 2002. The appointment expires Dec. 31, 2008.
-- Jim Jackson of Little Rock as a special justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas.
Jackson, 40, will replace Justice Robert L. Brown, who disqualified himself from Case Number 06-956, styled as Glenn Gallas, Terry Mayfield and Richard McGrew v. Cecil Alexander, Chairman, Arkansas Racing Commission; Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc.; Arkansas Horseman Benevolent & Protective Association, Inc.; Southland Racing Corporation.
Jackson is a private-practice attorney for the Boswell Law Firm in Bryant and serves on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
Beebe also announced that Anne Laidlaw of North Little Rock, the interim director for the Arkansas Building Authority, will become director of the agency.
Laidlaw, 42, has worked for the ABA since 1994, most recently as the Administrator of Finance and Real Estate Services. She is the vice-president of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Little Rock and serves on the board of directors for the Little Rock Downtown Partnership.