Morris Sheppard "Buzz" Arnold was born on October 8, 1941, in Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas.

After receiving a B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas, Arnold remained in Fayetteville to earn his J.D. degree and then went to Harvard for his LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees.

He taught at numerous law schools, including Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford. In 1985 Arnold was appointed to a federal judgeship in the US District Court, and in 1992 he transferred to the US Court of Appeals. From 2008 to 2013, Arnold served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.

In addition to his legal career, Arnold is a respected historian who has authored several books, including The Rumble of a Distant Drum: The Quapaws and Old World Newcomers, 1673-1804 and Unequal Laws unto a Savage Race: European Legal Traditions in Arkansas, 1686-1836. He worked with the French to bring the robe of the three villages to an exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum. For his scholarship, Arnold received a medal from the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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