Jester seeks judgeship

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Chris Jester announced he will be a candidate for circuit court judge, Division 2 of the Second Judicial District, including Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Mississippi and Poinsett Counties.

Jester, a native of Lepanto in Poinsett County and 1983 graduate of Osceola High School, graduated with honors from Arkansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor's in business management. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where he earned a juris doctorate in 1989.

After a brief stint practicing law in Corning in Clay County, Jester opened a private law practice, the Jester Law Firm, in Jonesboro in 1990 and has been practicing law ever since. He is vastly experienced in criminal, family and juvenile law and child abuse/neglect cases involving the department of human services, which is the bulk of the case load assigned to Division 2.

In addition to his private practice, Jester currently serves part-time as city attorney for Leachville in Mississippi County, where he represents the city in civil litigation and prosecutes criminal misdemeanors and traffic citations.

He is also licensed to practice law in United States Federal Court for both the Eastern and Western districts of Arkansas. Jester is a member of the Craighead County, Arkansas and American Bar Associations; the Arkansas City Attorneys Association and the Arkansas Municipal League.

Jester has previously served as an adjunct professor at Arkansas State University, teaching courses in criminal law and business law.

Jester has two children, Nathaniel, 22, and Callie, 19. They attend First Assembly of God in Jonesboro, where Jester serves as an usher.

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