Earlier today, Associate Justice Robert L. Brown announced that he will be retiring from the Arkansas Supreme Court at the end of 2012. At the time of his retirement, Justice Brown will have served for twenty-two years as a justice on the Supreme Court.
Justice Brown has authored over 1,220 majority opinions while on the Supreme Court, including a term-limits decision that was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court (U.S. Term Limits v. Hill) and four Lake View decisions (Lake View School District v. Huckabee).
Discussing his retirement, Justice Brown said, “Having served on the court for twenty-two years, it will be time in my case to pass the torch to a new member who will bring fresh thought and vision to the job of supreme court justice.” Justice Brown also said that he would be “exploring other options in public service.”
The Press Release from the Arkansas Supreme Court has more details about the retirement, and about Justice Brown’s long career in public service.