Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday announced the appointment of Sandra C. Bradshaw of Crossett as circuit court judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit, Division Two. The circuit includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Bradshaw will replace the late Judge Kenneth Johnson. Her term will expire on December 31, 2020.

“I appreciate Ms. Bradshaw’s willingness to serve Arkansas as circuit court judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Division Two,” Hutchinson said in a news release announcing the appointment. “Throughout her career, Sandra has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the law and a passion for upholding it. I have confidence that she will serve Arkansas well.”

Bradshaw is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 1991, Bradshaw received her juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she served as research editor for the Mississippi Law Journal. Bradshaw began her legal career as an associate with Young, Scanlon & Sessums, one of the oldest law firms in Jackson, Mississippi. She opened a private practice in Crossett in 1995. Her firm focused on domestic relations and family law.

Bradshaw served as deputy public defender in the criminal division of the circuit court of Ashley County, 10th Judicial District, for more than ten years. For the past two years, she has served as deputy prosecuting attorney. Since 2002, Bradshaw has been a fellow in the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, which is dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and assisted reproduction law. She is a native of Ashley County and has one daughter, Anna.