“I am truly blessed to have been able to learn from so many great attorneys and judges throughout my career,” Mooney said in this announcement to run for office. “With my experience involving all types of cases, I know that I can serve everybody in this Circuit with respect, real justice and fairness.”
Skip, Jr. has been married for the past 34 years to his wife, Jill. They have raised two children together and are blessed with two grandkids. Both lifelong residents of Craighead County and they are members of the First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro. Their daughter, Jordan Meador, and their niece, Sarah Fisher Baber, are also practicing attorneys.
Skip, Jr. graduated from Jonesboro High School (Class of 1975) where he excelled in sports as a 3-year letterman. He then earned a degree of Bachelor of Science at Arkansas State Universityin 1979. He is an alumnus of the ASU Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a past President of the Chapter’s Board of Directors. In 1982, he earned a degree of Juris Doctor from at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, before returning to Jonesboro to enter into practice at Mooney & Boone with his late father, Charles “Skip” Mooney, Sr., and the late Joe C. Boone, Jr.
“After 36 years of private practice and much prayerful consideration, my family and I have decided that the timing is right for me to take the next step into public service and run Circuit Judge. The recent passing of my father and long-time law partner coupled with the impending retirement of several circuit judges were among several factors that I have considered in coming to this point. Even then, this is not a decision that we take lightly due to the demands of my current caseload, the investment required to run a judicial campaign and the time required to run for circuit judge.”
In 2008, Skip, Jr. founded the community organization, Out of the Dark Inc., a grassroots volunteer organization, in response to five local youths overdosing on heroin that had been reported by The Jonesboro Sun. The organization started the Out of the Dark School Chapter Program, in-school leadership based prevention, which is now active in most every school district in the Craighead County, several chapters that has impacted the lives of thousands of students. Student demand reduction activities have included various in-school national speakers, three (3) Out of the Dark Student Leadership Conferences, a “Leave Your Mark” Downtown Student Rally (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Out of the Dark Student State Capitol Legislative Rallies (2011, 2012, 2013) and the creation of the Out of the Dark Student Leadership Board.
Other community demand reduction activities Skip, Jr. led have included: the first 24/7 drive-by community Rx Dropbox; the 2010 Northeast Arkansas Medical Summit, “Prescription Drug Abuse: How Can We Change the Paradigm?” the “Broken Chains Faith Based Conference” and Hour of Power meetings for families. Additionally, Skip, Jr. partnered with Arkansas State University (ASU) to develop “OD TV”, a five (5) episode television educational program on the subject of the treatment and the prevention of prescription drug addiction and community support for the Craighead County Juvenile and Adult Drug Court Programs.
In 2016, the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Out of the Dark Inc. as the Youth Volunteer Organization of the year for its war against youth drug addiction.
“The ugly truth was that most people were living in denial about these problems just hoping that it would eventually go away. However, the resulting collateral damage has now become such a huge burden, especially in our judicial sector, and I don’t think anybody really believes in continuing with the revolving door approach in our court system anymore. I know that there is a better way to address these issues, and I hope that the public will grant me the opportunity, as a circuit judge, to be part of the solution.”
Since 2008, Skip, Jr. has focused on advocating for public co-occurring disorder education and legislative reform, coupled with community involvement. Since then he has been recognized as a renowned public speaker having given hundreds of presentations on the subject of co-occurring disorders involving the treatment of, prevention of and the legal rights of those suffering from prescription drug addiction to various state legislators, governmental agencies, medical providers, educational institutions, civic/professional organizations and community groups.
Skip, Jr. served on the ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Professions committee to develop the criteria for a Certificate in Addiction Studies in its Master of Science in Social Work. He has also served a volunteer member on the following state steering committees chaired by the Arkansas State Drug Director:
Skip, Jr. has been recognized by many organizations for his volunteer community contributions and he is the recipient of various prestigious awards for his service.
Some of the awards include:
Distinguished Citizenship Award (2009) - Grand Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
C.E. Ransack Award of Excellence (2010) - Arkansas Bar Association and Bar Foundation
Shuffield Award (2011) - Arkansas Medical Society
Humanitarian Award (2012) - Out of the Dark Inc.
People Making a Difference Community Award (2013) - Arkansas Prevention Network
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