The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society, Inc. was incorporated on December 20, 1999. Its mission is to promote the preservation, dissemination and understanding of the history of the judicial department of state government through exhibits, conferences, publications, and other activities.
To promote these goals, the Society:
• Sponsors a continuing series of articles published by the Arkansas Bar Association in its publication, The Arkansas Lawyer. Beginning in 2005, these articles include histories of important Arkansas Supreme Court decisions and biographical sketches of Arkansas Supreme Court justices.
• Accepted portraits of retired Arkansas Supreme Court justices. Most recently in April, 2015, the Society received the portrait of Chief Justice Jack Holt, Jr. (1985-1995). The portraits are displayed within the Justice Building. In 2015, the Society added to its website interviews with fifteen retired Arkansas Supreme Court justices.
• Cooperated with the Justice Building exhibits program to develop conferences on historical topics complementing exhibit themes, including Racial Justice (2004), Women and the Law (2005), Arkansas Constitutions (2006), American Courthouses (2007), the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Civil War (2012).
The Society is governed by the board of directors elected by its dues-paying membership. Membership is maintained on a calendar-year basis, and is open to anyone with an interest in Arkansas legal history. Individual annual dues are $25. Partnership, corporation or company annual dues are $500, which entitles the firm to name up to 10 individual members. Special rates are provided for students ($10 annual dues), and non-profit organizations or educational institutions ($75 annual dues, which entitles the organization or institution to name up to 3 individual members). The 2016 membership form is now available online.