CINDY THYER - (JUDGE ALTERNATE MEMBER) Judge Cindy 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. After practicing law in a general practice focusing on domestic relations litigation, 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 in the House of Delegates and on the Board of Governors, and by serving as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section and Chair of the Board of Governors. She has also been an active member of the Association's Legislation Committee and the Arkansas Supreme Court's Jury Instruction Committee. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and presently serves on the board of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. Presently, she is a member of the Arkansas Judicial Council's drug court and trial committees and enjoys her time on the bench hearing primarily criminal, civil and dependency-neglect cases.