Brandon James Harrison was raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. He then graduated with a juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. As a law student, Judge Harrison served as Executive Editor for the Arkansas Law Review. Before being elected to serve an eight-year term on the Court of Appeals, Judge Harrison practiced law for nine years and served an additional year as law clerk to a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Judge Harrison has presented continuing legal-education programs on appeal-related issues and legal-writing topics for the Arkansas Bar Association, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Sebastian County Bar Association. He currently serves on the Arkansas Supreme Court's Civil Practice Committee and the Advisory Editorial Board for The Arkansas Lawyer. He is also a member of the Sebastian County Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, and a fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.
Judge Harrison's writings have been published in The Arkansas Lawyer, the Arkansas Law Review, and by the American Bar Association. He also wrote a chapter in the Arkansas Bar Association's Handling Appeals in Arkansas practice handbook. And he has recently co-authored a pocket part for a book on Arkansas practice and procedure published by West.