Donald P. Judges, B.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Professor Judges' undergraduate degree in psychology is from the Johns Hopkins University. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1983, where he was editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1999 from the University of Tulsa.
Following graduation from law school, Professor Judges clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then practiced law with Arnold & Porter, in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado, where his work included securities litigation, Indian law, real estate, bankruptcy, and legislative projects
involving the accounting profession.
He joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1989, where his courses included Constitutional Law, Evidence, Law & Psychology, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, and Torts. Promoted to the rank of Professor in 1994, he held two endowed chairs: as Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy (which involved oversight of the School of Law’s advocacy skills competitions) and as E.J. Ball Professor of Law. Professor Judges’ service activities included appointment as Reporter to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions (Civil).
Professor Judges held several administrative positions at the School of Law and University levels. From 2012-15, he served as Associate Dean to oversee the School of Law’s graduate and experiential learning programs. He also held senior administrative roles at the University of Arkansas Global Campus, which supports the University’s online degree programming and provides non-credit workforce-development programming. He was appointed Associate Vice Provost for Distance Education in 2015, Interim Vice Provost in 2016, and Vice Provost in 2017.
He has published a number of articles, including works concerning the intersection of psychology and law. He is also the author of a book on the conflict over abortion rights. And he has written two plays and two historical novels. Professor Judges retired from the University of Arkansas in 2019.