Judge Amy Brazil tearfully thanked friends, family and community leaders for their support after being sworn in as district judge for the city of Conway at a ceremony Tuesday at the District Court building.

Brazil will fill the position left vacant by her uncle, the late Russell L. "Jack" Roberts, who died in June after 27 years of service in the role.

Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson said he was "proud and honored" to conduct the officiating ceremony.

Brazil told the crowd that she was honored to follow in the footsteps of her late uncle, and that it was a "bittersweet experience."

The new judge was sworn in at the judge’s podium in the company of Roberts’ daughter and granddaughter.

Brazil said she spoke with her uncle about the role and expressed that she would like to follow in the footsteps of her two grandfathers and father, who also are, or were, law professionals.

"The only thing (Roberts) made me promise was to not run against him," Brazil said. "My uncle was an influence on me, as were my grandfathers and my father. Though, this is not the way I wanted to get here by any stretch of the imagination. But (Roberts) let me see what it was like to do this job. I’m sure he’s looking down now, proud that I’ve followed along with the family."

Brazil’s father, Bill Brazil, said he knows that she will do a "great job" as judge, and he is "very pleased and excited" for his daughter.

Brazil’s nephew, David Brazil, would like it to be known that he loves his aunt.

Brazil is a Conway native and former attorney with the Conway law firm Brazil, Adlong, Winningham and Mickel. 

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