June 11, 2024 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock
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Brittany Edwards

Brittany Edwards, 35
Chief Legal Counsel
Arkansas Department of the Military
Little Rock
Professional achievements
• Litigated significant issues facing Arkansans before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court, including COVID-19 regulations, ballot initiatives, challenges to state spending.
• Secured funding in 2016 allowing Legal Aid to establish a medical legal partnership with CHI St. Vincent Hospital, serving hundreds of low-income Arkansans.
• Appointed Arkansas Department of the Military chief legal counsel in February 2023.
Community involvement
Board member, Arkansas Council for Military Children; volunteer, Child Development Center. 
Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Retention of talent and changemakers. The lack of economic opportunity in smaller towns means those most likely to generate positive change leave for bigger cities or other states. If we really want Arkansas to be the best state in the nation, we have to focus on providing incentives for top talent to stay in our rural and low-income communities.” 
Most fulfilling career moment 
“Anytime I get to help people. One specific instance that sticks out was when I worked at Legal Aid and helped a family avoid eviction by negotiating a payment plan with their landlord. I remember thinking, ‘This is why I became a lawyer.’”
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