First Woman in Arkansas to earn Masters in Judicial Studies to Present to Blytheville Lions Club

First Woman in Arkansas to earn Masters Degree in Judicial Studies to Present to Blytheville Lions Club on July 23

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. – 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer, Division 4, of Jonesboro will be the guest speaker/program for the Blytheville Lions Club on Tuesday, July 23 at 11:45 a.m. at the Blytheville Country Club.

Judge Thyer is one of three circuit judges in the 2nd Judicial Circuit assigned to preside over felony criminal cases for the circuit court in the Chickasawba (Blytheville) District of Mississippi County, Arkansas. Currently, 11 circuit judges serve the 2nd Judicial Circuit, comprised of Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Mississippi, and Poinsett Counties.


Judge Thyer will present on her recent graduation from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada at Reno with a Masters in Judicial Studies. She is the first woman in the State of Arkansas to earn this degree. Her thesis was written on pretrial bail and pretrial reform.

Judge Thyer received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1992 and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1995. In May 2019, she received her Master’s Degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada at Reno.

After serving as a deputy prosecuting attorney and practicing law in a general practice for a number of years, Judge Thyer was appointed circuit judge by Governor Mike Huckabee in 2005 and again by Governor Mike Beebe in 2007.  She was elected to her first judicial term in 2008.

She has been active in the Arkansas Bar Association for many years by serving on the Board of Governors (Chair 2006-2007), in the House of Delegates, and Parliamentarian.  She has also been an active member of the Association’s Legislation Committee, the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Civil Jury Instruction Committee and is the incoming Vice-President of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. She is also presently a member of the AmericanLaw Institute and an alternate panel member on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Presently, she serves on the Arkansas Judicial Council’s drug court, bar liaison, and trial court employee committees.  Sheenjoys her time on the bench hearing primarily criminal, civil, juvenile, and dependency-neglect cases.

The Blytheville Lions Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at Noon for a lunch program at the Blytheville Country Club.

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