By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
A former Oklahoma State University graduate and Payne County district attorney has come back home.
Rob Hudson started his new position as a special judge in Logan County this month. He has been working with Attorney General Scott Pruitt as first assistant attorney general since last January.
Hudson said when he learned the position became available the prospect of being able to work near his hometown was exciting.
“I saw it as a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Hudson said. District Judge Phillip Corley offered Hudson the position and he began Nov. 1.
Because he practiced law and worked in the district attorney’s office, Hudson said he is familiar with the dockets and transitioning into his new role is going smoothly.
Working in one’s hometown has some challenges. Hudson said rarely a day goes by that he doesn’t involving deal with a case that involves someone he knows.
“That has a unique challenge to make sure you are not biased,” Hudson said. But it can also be a strength. Hudson said because he knows some people’s backgrounds he is able to better work through some cases.
Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Hudson served four terms as the district attorney and chief law enforcement officer for Payne and Logan Counties.
Hudson graduated from Guthrie High School in 1975, and attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and accounting. He was named outstanding graduating senior from the College of Agriculture at OSU and a Top 5 OSU graduating senior.
He received his law degree in 1983 from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.
He said being a judge after working in other roles in the courtroom has been interesting and rewarding.