Lawyer in the Library: Deborah Groom
Posted on April 11, 2011
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Deborah Groom, will speak at 12:10pm Thursday April 14, in the Jim Blair Library Commons in the University of Arkansas School of Law as part of the Lawyer in the Library Series. The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Formerly a deputy state prosecutor in the 12th Judicial District, Groom became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1983. In March 2007, Groom began serving as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, a position she held until her appointment as acting U.S. Attorney in January 2009. Litigating both criminal and civil cases, Groom served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas until the appointment of Conner Eldridge in December 2010.
Groom is a 1978 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Groom has headed up the Financial Litigation and Asset Forfeiture Units, been named Chief of the Civil Division in 1993 and received an Attorney General’s Award for her handling of a Civil Rights Fair Housing case.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Groom works with a staff of 37 employees headquartered in Fort Smith. The office personnel includes 18 Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases and represent the agencies of the United States in civil litigation in the six geographical divisions that make up the Western District of Arkansas.
Groom resides in Greenland, Ark., with her husband, Bill, and son, Will.