Attorney Jerrie Lee Grady wants to be the 16th Judicial District's next prosecuting attorney. The 16th Judicial District is comprised of Independence, Cleburne, Izard, Stone and Fulton counties. "This district deserves a prosecutor that will work hard and take cases to trial," Grady said.
Grady, the daughter of the late Lee Andrew Grady, Jr. and Jerrie Lee Grady (her namesake), grew up in Hickory Ridge, Ark. She graduated high school from Cross County High in 1988. She received a bachelor's degree in Communications from ASU. While at ASU, she was a lead member of the ASU debate team which traveled the country competing with other universities such as Vanderbilt and Cornell. By the time she graduated from college, she was an assistant debate coach at ASU. She began law school at the University of Memphis in 1994 and graduated in 1997. "Law school was a challenging time for me. I was a single parent of a 3 year old., living in a fairly large city alone, and reading 100+ pages a night as homework."
In February of 1999, Grady began her legal career in Batesville as a field attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel ("OCC"). OCC attorneys represent the State of Arkansas for cases involving child abuse, child neglect, and adult abuse. While working for the OCC, Grady was responsible for all DHS cases in Independence, Cleburne, Fulton, Stone, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, and Sharp counties. "I call my time with the OCC a baptism by fire, as I had to try cases in court almost every day of the week. Not only was I responsible for circuit court for 9 counties, I also had to try administrative hearings for that territory and often covered Craighead and White counties. That position required extensive trial preparation and presentation that often included multiple disciplines such as criminal investigation, psychiatry, orthopedic and pediatric medicine."
After working for the State, Grady accepted a position with Legal Services of Arkansas representing victims of domestic violence, assisting clients with obtaining orders of protection, divorces, custody of children, child support, and any other related issue in which the battered client needed assistance.
In June of 2001, Grady began her successful private practice career, creating the opportunity to work on a variety of cases, including all aspects of domestic relations, tort actions involving individuals, businesses, and insurance companies, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, civil rights violations, contract writing and disputes, real estate, Social Security disability, workers' compensation, and criminal defense.
Grady was asked to serve as an interim public defender by Circuit Judge Harold Erwin shortly after entering private practice. "The experience I gained by stepping into the public defender's position for Sharp county proved to be invaluable."
Grady has been involved with the community since she moved to Batesville. She has been active in the Batesville Community Theatre, both by appearing on stage and serving on the Board of Directors. She also has served on the Batesville Area Arts Council. She presently serves on the House of Delegates for the Arkansas Bar Association as the representative of Independence, Jackson and Sharp counties. She is a past board member for Legal Aid of Arkansas, past president of the Independence County Bar Association, and past member of the Board of Trustees for the First United Methodist Church. She has two children, J.Lee, a freshman attending ASU in Jonesboro, and Aidan, age 6.
"I am very excited about the prospect of being the next prosecuting attorney for this district. If elected, I will work to fortify the drug task force with training and resources, establish a new sexual assault/child abuse task force that will focus on crimes committed against children and women and aggressively prosecute domestic violence-related crimes. I believe the prosecutor should work with law enforcement and I believe the prosecutor should work for victims. Victims rights are very important to me."
"As a business owner of almost a decade, I am fully aware of the problems associated with hot checks; if elected, I will reorganize the hot check program so that businesses are properly served."
"I appreciate the trust my clients have placed in me throughout the years and I ask the people of this district to do the same by voting for me on May 18th."