LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has picked a former aide to become the state's next Supreme Court justice.

Beebe on Tuesday picked Elana Wills, a former deputy attorney general under Beebe. Beebe, a Democrat, served as attorney general from 2003-2007, having previously spent 20 years in the state Senate.

Wills is currently the head of the opinions department under Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

"I found Elana to be almost matter-of-factly, absent-mindedly professorish in her knowledge of the constitution," Beebe said, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Wills, 46, received her law degree from the University of Arkansas. She will soon replace Justice Tom Glaze, who has spent 21 years on the Supreme Court.

Wills will finish out his current term, which expires Dec. 31, 2010.

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