Annabelle Imber Tuck, Commissioner

Annabelle Tuck

Public Service Fellow and Jurist-in-Residence, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law
Former Associate Justice, Position 6, Arkansas Supreme Court

B.A., 1971, Smith College
J.D. 1977, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law

Justice Tuck serves as a Supreme Court representative on the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. She has been a member of the Commission since 2005; in 2010, she was elected to serve as the Commission's Chaira role she continues to hold.

Justice Tuck has led a distinguished legal career since 1977, when she graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. She practiced law in Little Rock, eventually becoming a partner in the Wright, Lindsey & Jennings law firm. In 1984, then-Governor Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial District. Later, Justice Tuck was elected chancery judge for the Sixth Judicial District, where she served from 1989 to 1996. It was during this time that Justice Tuck presided over the landmark Lake View case and declared that the public-school financing system then in effect violated the equal protection and education provisions of the Arkansas Constitution. In 1997, Justice Imber Tuck became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court of Arkansas.

Justice Tuck has served on several legal committees and boards, including the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, the Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court, the Amendment 80 Committee, and the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice. She has also served in the Arkansas Bar Association's House of Delegates, as well as the Association's Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the 1992 Annual Meeting. Other memberships include the American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Arkansas Bar Foundation, Pulaski County Bar Association, and Association of Arkansas Women Lawyers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Judges and Lawyers' Assistance Program Foundation.

Justice Tuck is also an active community advocate, having served on the Board of Directors of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Pulaski County Historical Society, the Congregation of B'Nai Israel, YMCA of Greater Little Rock and Pulaski County, St. Vincent Development Foundation, Our House, UAMS Medical Center Department of Pastoral Care and Education, the Business & Professional Women's Club, Arkansas Women Executives, and Arkansas Women's Forum. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Plan Management Advisory Committee and Steering Committee Member in connection with implementation of the Arkansas Health Exchange under the Affordable Care Act, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board.

Justice Tuck has received numerous awards honoring her service to the profession and community, including the Arkansas Bar Association Golden Gavel Award for Exemplary Service to the Legal Profession, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers Judge of the Year, Arkansas Business Top 100 Women in Arkansas, Arkansas Bar Foundation's Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award, and the Pulaski County Bar Association Vincent Foster, Jr., Outstanding Lawyer Award.