Arkansas Appeals Court Judge Wendell L. Griffen filed today for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Griffen had made his intentions clear months ago after successfully arguing a personal appeal before the state`s highest court. In his bid for the Supreme Court, Griffen is emphasizing his experience as an appeals court judge and said he was committed to working hard and being fair. If elected, Griffen would become the first black chief justice in Arkansas and one of only a few blacks to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Last year, the state Supreme Court agreed with him that he was unjustly admonished for speaking out on race relations at a March 2002 hearing before the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus. The non-partisan election in November 2004 will decide who succeeds Chief Justice W.H. "Dub" Arnold.