Mr. Jim McLarty has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. His middle child, Jamie McLarty, and I are the same age and are lifelong friends. The McLarty’s have three children; Ashley, Jamie, and Robert. Since Jamie and I are the same age, I am honored to write that his father, Jim, and mother, Sally, were an active part of my upbringing, from involvement at church, as well as school. As active members of the First United Methodist Church, Jim and Sally played a pivotal role in the lives of many young people throughout the years. Mr. Jim McLarty is my first memory of a Sunday School teacher. Amazingly, I only knew him as “Jamie’s Dad.” Most people can relate when I say it was years later when I realized friend’s parents actually had careers. Careers, such as the practice of law, that contributed to the judicial system in Jackson County, especially the people of this small town, Newport.

Mr. Jim McLarty has been a successful attorney in Newport for over 40 years. He and his wife Sally raised their children in Newport. Although the children moved from Newport to spread their wings, they return often to visit and catch up with old friends. Jim and Sally remain active in the community and his law practice, located behind the Arkansas Revenue Department downtown Newport, continues to thrive. “He is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen. He has great skill in the courtroom. Also, he has impeccable integrity,” states Circuit Judge Harold Erwin.

On June 14th, the Arkansas Bar Association honored James A. McLarty of Newport for achieving 50 years of practice of law in Arkansas. The award was presented during the association’s annual meeting at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The Arkansas Bar Association, established in 1898, is a voluntary, statewide organization with more than 5,000 members. Among its purposes are the advancement of the administration of justice and the fostering among its members of high ideals of integrity, learning and public service.