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Andrea Layton Roaf

Having first distinguished herself as a respected biologist, Andree Layton Roaf of Pine Bluff has truly proven her mettle with a trailblazing law career which culminated in her being the second woman, and the first African-American woman-to sit on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

A 1958 graduate of Muskegon heights High School in Muskegon Heights, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University at East Lansing, MI., in 1962. She then went to serve in a variety of biology-related positions, including bacteriologist at the Michigan State Department of Health in Lansing, and a biologist at the national Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson. She also served as a staff assistant for the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency in Pine Bluff.

In 1978, Roaf earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, where she served as Associate and Articles Editor for the UALR Law Journal. She was admitted to the bar in August 1978. From 1978 and 1979 she was an instructor at the UALR School of Law.

From 1979 to 1995, Roaf was a partner in the Walker, Roaf, Campbell, Ivory and Dunklin law firm, formerly Woodson Walker Associates. Her area of service was general practice with emphasis on bankruptcy, real estate, probate, wills and estates and domestic relations. In January 1995, she was named associate justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Roaf also has participated in a variety of civic activities. She is a past trustee for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. She is a past president and board member of Friends of KLRE-FM. She also is a past president and board member of Arkansas for the Arts and has served on the Arkansas Code of Ethics Commission. Other associations Roaf has served include the Jefferson County Democratic Committee; the Parent Teacher Association; the Jefferson County Committee on Black Adoptions; The Arkansas Council of Human Relations; and the League of Women Voters.

She is currently a member of the Pulaski County, Jefferson County, Arkansas; American and national Bar Associations; the W. Harold Flowers Law Society and the Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas. She is the recipient of a an honorary doctor of laws degree from Michigan State University; a 1996 Gayle Pettus Pontz Award for Outstanding Arkansas Woman Attorneys and a 1996 Distinguished Alumni from Michigan State. Roaf is married to Dr. Clifton G. Roaf. They are the parents of four adult children.