As the son of the Yell County Sheriff, Judge David McCormick grew up in the courthouse. So it was only natural that after graduating from the University of Central Arkansas, he went to law school and started his legal career. He didn’t necessarily want to be a judge; it just “seemed like a natural progression during the course of my legal career,” said McCormick. He went on to serve as a district court judge, juvenile judge, and circuit court judge. Being a part of the court system for so long, McCormick has witnessed many significant changes over the course of his career, including the unification of the Arkansas court system (brought on by the passage of Amendment 80) and the rise of technology such as Contexte and e-Filing and their effects on the Judicial Branch.
McCormick stays busy serving six courthouses and four counties, but is just as busy off the bench. He enjoys hunting, especially bow hunting, and maintains several bee hives, from which he harvests honey. Since 2003, much of his free time is spent actively involved in Arkansas’s running community. To date, McCormick has run 33 marathons in 18 states. He is one of few to have run all 12 Little Rock Marathons. He has run marathons at the Great Wall of China, Pike’s Peak in Colorado, the ET Extraterrestrial Full Moon Marathon near Area 51, and in 2010, participated in the 2500th anniversary of the first marathon in Greece from Marathon to Athens. Most recently, Judge McCormick ran the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Having run the Boston Marathon twice already, McCormick had not planned on running it again but the events of last year changed his mind. “Last year, after the bombings took place at the Boston Marathon, the attitude within what I would call the running community was that a statement needed to be made that such an act of terrorism would not deter runners and that we would be ‘Boston Strong,'" says McCormick. This year’s race was indeed very special. Many Americans shared McCormick’s sentiment and turned out to witness the event in record numbers. The number of runners increased by more than 9,000 and the population of spectators was anticipated to be one million – almost twice the normal number. While there was increased security, McCormick considered it a minor inconvenience and felt “grateful that God has given me the ability to qualify for and run this event”.