Norton to seek circuit judge's seat

Pine Bluff attorney Mac Norton has announced he will be a candidate for circuit judge for the 11th West Judicial District Third Division in the non-partisan judicial general election in May, 2014. The district consists of Jefferson and Lincoln Counties.

Norton, an attorney for 35 years, will be seeking the seat currently held by Circuit Judge Bill Benton.

Norton graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1971, received a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College at Conway in 1975, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1978.

Norton began his law practice with E.W. Brockman Jr., and practiced law with him until Brockman’s death in 2007. Zack Taylor and Norton operate Brockman, Norton and Taylor at 501 E. Eighth Ave.

Norton is vice president of the Jefferson County Bar Association, whose members have elected him on numerous occasions in the past to serve as a special judge when presiding judge was unavailable.

Norton served as president of the Trinity Episcopal School Board, has served as secretary for many years on the board of directors for the Seabrook Family Christian Center (formerly Seabrook YMCA) and served as chairman of the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission. He is an elder at First Presbyterian Church.

He has been married to Susan Condray Norton for 30 years and they have two adult children, Kathryn Norton and Rhine Norton.