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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Glaze retiring from Supreme Court

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 8:57 PM

We'd already written that candidates were maneuvering to run for Associate Supreme Court Justice Tom Glaze's seat in 2010, after his expected retirement at the end of this term, but the opening will come sooner than expected.

The judge, who's had health problems, is retiring more or less immediately. The Supreme Court is currently in summer recess. Glaze talked about his decision Monday with Gov. Beebe, who'll appoint an interim justice until 2010. The judge agreed to stay on until the court's fall term begins so the appointee can make arrangement to end his or her current work and prepare to take up court duties. Glaze won't be taking additional cases.

Glaze told friends of his decision in a letter this week. He'll fall just shy of 30 years on the court.

On the jump you'll find Glaze's letter.

LETTER FROM JUSTICE GLAZE

There is a time and season for all things, as the proverb goes, and I have concluded that the time has arrived that I should leave the work that I have loved and that your friendship and help over the past forty-four years did so much to nurture. I will shortly announce my retirement as associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, but I do not want to do so without first thanking you and other great friends for helping me at some pivotal juncture in what I please myself to think has been a career of public service.

That includes my work at the old Election Research Council, with Winthrop Rockefeller, Pulaski County Legal Aid, the office of Attorney General Joe Purcell where we rewrote the election code, and then successive tenures on the bench at Pulaski Chancery Court, the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

I am well aware that whatever goals that may have been achieved at every point along the way were attributable to you and to other friends who gave a helping hand and encouragement when I simply had to have them. I am simply overcome with gratitude when I reflect on the blessings of having family and friends who, while perhaps disagreeing on some matter upon occasion, expected and trusted me to do the task with integrity and honesty.

You know of my intense love of baseball, so I find the valedictory of Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium appropriate for my own: "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Thank you, my friend.

Sincerely,

Tom Glaze

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