Date Elected or Appointed to Current Position:
Harrison High School University of Arkansas School of Law - JD University of Arkansas - BSBA (Accounting)
Law Practice or Teaching Areas:
Private Law Practice/Lightle, Tedder, Hannah & Beebe Law Firm (Searcy); National Judicial College, faculty advisor; Harding University, former instructor.
Prior Judicial Experience:
City Judge for Kensett and Rosebud; White County Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Probate Office, Est. & Implemented; White County Juvenile Judge (1976-1978); Chancery/Probate Judge, 17th Judicial District (1979-1999); Associate Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, Position 5 (2001-2004); Chief Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, Position 1 (2005 to present).
Conference of Chief Justices, president; National Center for State Courts, Chair of the Board of Directors; State Justice Institute, board member; Arkansas Judicial Council, past president and board member; Arkansas Bar Association; Conference of Chief Justices, past board member; Chair of Conference of Chief Justices Committee on Courts, Children & Families; Conference of Chief Justices Judicial Excellence Committee, member; Conference of Chief Justices Government Affairs Committee, member; American Bar Association Fellow; Committee on Federal - State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, member; Executive Session for State Court Leaders, Harvard, University.
Forgotten Law and Judicial Duty, 70 Alb. L. Rev. 829 (2007).
Court Leadership Symposium, Harvard, University; Innovations in Governance, Harvard, University; Ozark Ambassador Award, North Arkansas College Foundation; American Judges Association, past member; White County Bar Association, past President, Treasurer, and Secretary; Arkansas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Secretary (1972-1979); former Legislative Assistant to then Governor Dale Bumpers; Arkansas Court Reporters Examiners Board, former chairman; Chairman of Drug Court Advisory Committee; Searcy Chamber of Commerce, former member; Wilbur Mills Alcoholism Treatment Center, past Chairman of Board of Advisors; Kiwanis Club of Searcy, former member of Board of Directors; past Secretary and Treasurer; Kiwanis Little League Basketball, co-founder and current Chairman; Little League Baseball, former Director; Little League Baseball and Basketball, former Coach; University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Parents Club, former President; Presbytery of Arkansas Nominations Committee, member; First Presbyterian Church of Searcy, Elder/former Deacon, Elder, Trustee & Clerk of the Session. Married to Pat Johnson Hannah of Velvet Ridge, AR. Family includes 5 children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.