Donald Corbin

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Donald Corbin
Court Information:
Arkansas Supreme Court
Title:   Former associate justice
Position:   Position 2
Salary:  $148,000
Active:   1991-2014
Succeeded by:   Robin Wynne
Past position:   Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals
Past term:   1981-1990
Past position 2:   Arkansas House of Representatives
Past term 2:   1971-1980
Personal History
Born:   3/29/1938
Undergraduate:   University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Law School:   University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Military service:   United States Marine Corp, 1955-1959

Donald L. Corbin was an associate justice of the seven member Arkansas Supreme Court. He was elected to his first eight-year term on the court in the state's nonpartisan election of judges in 1990 and then re-elected in 1998 and 2006.[1] Corbin retired from the bench at the end of his term in 2014.[2]

Health issues

In July 2010, Corbin suffered a heart attack, but was said to be returning to the court at the end of the summer recess. In September 2011, Corbin had a cancerous tumor removed from his lung. He returned to the bench but announced he will retire at the end of his 2014 term.[3]


Corbin earned his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.[1]


Awards and associations


  • Member, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association[1]



Arkansas Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Position 2
2006 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Donald Corbin Green check mark transparent.png 193,625 62.8%
Roger Harrod 114,957 37.3%
  • Click here for 2006 General Election Results from the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Corbin received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.52, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.48 that justices received in Arkansas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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