I am of the belief that our juvenile justice system needs judges who are dedicated, fair, and objective in the application and administration of justice. Juvenile judges should always look out for the best interests of the young people appearing before them and work toward viable solutions to improve the lives of them and their families. A juvenile judge should have the mindset that the life of every child is important and that every child has a purpose or calling on their lives. A juvenile judge should never use a “cookie-cutter” approach in dealing with our young people. Instead, a juvenile judge should take an individualized and evidence-based approach in the administration of justice that will meet the specific needs of each child. As your next juvenile court judge, I promise to address the individual needs of each child before me and work toward making them productive members of society.
I have the temperament, experience, and qualifications necessary to fulfill the duties of a juvenile court judge. My dedication to improving the lives of young people began in college with the pursuit of my degree in Secondary Education. I believe that all children, despite their circumstances, have within themselves the ability to learn, succeed, and become productive members of society. While my purpose in life eventually led me to the practice of law, I have always felt a strong desire to help prepare and build up our next generation of young people.
I am the owner and founder of the Rolfe Law Firm, P.A. My practice areas include Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, Family Law, and Civil Rights. I attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Secondary Education in 1994. I continued my education at the UALR Bowen School of Law and obtained my Juris Doctorate Degree in 1997.
I was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1997 and have practiced law in state and federal courts throughout the state of Arkansas. I have extensive experience in various areas of the law and have personally handled numerous bench and jury trials throughout the State of Arkansas.
My twenty-two (22) years of legal experience has allowed me the opportunity to work in various capacities that will prove to be a benefit to the juvenile court system. I have worked as an attorney at the Little Rock City Attorney’s Office, Arkansas Public Defender Commission, and in private practice at the Rolfe Law Firm, P.A. The experience and knowledge gained by personally handling juvenile, family, and criminal law cases make me an ideal candidate for consideration as your next juvenile court judge.
I am actively involved in the community and have served in various leadership capacities. My professional associations are the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, W. Harold Flowers Law Society, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court. In the community, I previously served as the Ward 1 Representative on the Maumelle City Council and was previously appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Commission. I am affiliated with the University of Arkansas Alumni Association where I have served on the AAA National Board of Directors and have served as President and Reunion Chair of the University of Arkansas Black Alumni Society. I have served on the executive committee as the Open Your Heart Co-Chair for the 2018 Arkansas Heart Ball and I have served on the planning committee for the Alpha Phi Alpha Debutante Ball. My family and I are members of St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I serve as a Deacon and assist in various community outreach activities.
I have received various awards and recognition over time. These awards include the 2000 Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the W. Harold Flowers Law Society; 2005 Young Alumni Award from University of Arkansas Black Alumni Society; 2016 College Brother Advocate Award from the Arkansas District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and the 2017 Service and Leadership Award from the St. Mark Deacon’s Ministry.
My wife of 24 years, Terry, and I have two children: Taylor (20) and Austin (17).