Joey McCutchen, founder of McCutchen and Sexton-The Law Firm in Fort Smith, was recently honored with the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s 2017 Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award at the association’s annual meeting held in Eureka Springs.

McCutchen is the incoming president of the Arkansas Trial lawyers Assocition.

Founded in 1963, the association includes about 1,000 attorneys from all 75 counties who work to “protect the people of Arkansas’ constitutional right to a trial by jury.”

ATLA supports its mission through advocacy, communications, and continuing legal education.

McCutchen was chosen for the award based on his “activism in the advancement and improvement of the legal system and the legal profession, for his defense of those who cannot find justice for themselves, and for his demonstration of dedication to family, the community, and to ATLA,” a news release states.

“Joey is a resolute defender of the Seventh Amendment and is a passionate safety advocate,” outgoing ATLA president Robin Smith said in the release. “He lives and breathes the U.S. and Arkansas Constitutions and Bill of Rights, and defends them with vigor.

“His commitment to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and to safety often leads him to the State Capitol where his work to educate lawmakers on the importance of protecting the civil justice system has been invaluable to all Arkansans.”

McCutchen’s community activity includes safety initiatives like Project Safety, Take 25, and the Distracted Driving Safety Program.

McCutchen’s award speech emphasized his dedication to protecting the Seventh Amendment. He dedicated his award to his late wife, Tara, who passed away in March and was a dedicated partner in protecting the Seventh Amendment.

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