For the first time in the organization’s history, a Texarkana lawyer has been elected president of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.

Chad Trammell accepted a symbolic gavel from past president Michael Boyd of Magnolia during the association’s annual convention in Eureka Springs, Ark., last weekend.

“Taking over a position that’s been held by the likes of Judge Henry Woods, Judge Bill Wilson and so many legendary Arkansas lawyers is humbling,” Trammell said. “The members of our organization represent Arkansas citizens who need to use our judicial system in order to right a wrong. Arkansas citizens include Arkansas businesses, like the Arkansas rice farmers …”.

Trammell said the organization strives to keep courthouses open and accessible to businesses and individuals.

Trammell, an Ashdown, Ark., native, received a law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1991. From there, Trammell went on to serve as a member of the Air Force’s Judge Advocate General Corps. While a member of the Air Force, Trammell received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Trammell returned to Texarakana in 2003 and joined a local law firm, where he focused on nursing home litigation. In 2010, Trammell opened his own firm in downtown Texarkana.

The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association was founded in 1963 and is affiliated with the American Association for Justice in Washington. The association is a volunteer organization with statewide membership of approximately 1,000.