IN RE: RETIREMENT OF THE HONORABLE ARLENE JOHNSON
ORDER COMMEMORATING SERVICE
NOW, on this 1st day of August, 2017, the Oklahoma Court of
Criminal Appeals, sitting en banc to honor the
stewardship of Judge Arlene Johnson for her many years of
service to the citizens of the State of Oklahoma, directs the
following comments of her colleagues and citation of
appreciation to be spread of record to commemorate her
steadfast devotion to the Oklahoma Judicial System.
OF THE COURT
Presiding Judge Gary L. Lumpkin: Arlene, it has been such a
fast twelve years since you joined us on the Court. Because
of your extensive legal background and day-to-day experience,
the Court was blessed immediately as you shared your insights
into the law and its application to each case. While fully
grounded in the federal system, you recognized from the
beginning the unique function of the Court of Criminal
Appeals as a court of last resort with exclusive jurisdiction
over the appeal of criminal convictions in the State of
Oklahoma. This was a matter of great pride for you to have
the opportunity to serve the citizens of Oklahoma in this
vital position in our judicial system. We will miss your
contributions to the development of criminal law in Oklahoma,
but wish you many years of blessings as you enter the
retirement phase of your life. Best wishes and may God bless.
Vice-Presiding Judge David B. Lewis: Arlene, congratulations
on your retirement. Time certainly flies by. Twelve years ago
you joined the court and six months later I came on board.
Your Honor, thank you for your service to our great State.
You have truly been a dedicated servant to the rule of law.
May God continue to bless you in your retirement years.
Judge Clancy Smith (Retired): Judge, since my first day on
the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, you have been my
hero. You are the trifecta in appellate judges, broad and
thorough knowledge of the law, superior writing skills, and
determination to follow the spirit and letter of the law, but
with tender mercies. You and your intellect will be sorely
Judge Robert L. Hudson: Judge Johnson, while I have only
served with you on the Court for a little more than two
years, you have nevertheless made an indelible impression
upon me. Your willingness to listen and consider the
thoughts, concerns, and opinions of the other judges is a
positive attribute, which I will try to emulate and carry
forward as I serve as a Judge on the Court. Of course, prior
to coming on the Court, I was aware of your reputation as a
legal scholar, and over the past two years you have only
enhanced my appreciation for that reputation.
We will miss the intelligence, experience, and demeanor that
you brought to every case and conference. Your legal career
is a tribute to you and your service to the citizens of this
Great State and, indeed, to the citizens of the United States
of America. You can retire with pride in the body of work
encompassed in your career as a public servant.
I wish you the best in your retirement, and may God bless
CITATION OF APPRECIATION
WHEREAS, you attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving a
Bachelor of Arts in 1964; and
WHEREAS, you taught high school English in Moore, Oklahoma;
WHEREAS, you received your Juris Doctorate from the
University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1971; and
WHEREAS, after graduating from law school, you worked in the
private practice of law with the firm of Bulla and Horning
from 1971 to 1973; and
WHEREAS, you served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Tom
Brett of the Oklahoma Court of ...