Colby Qualls is a native of Monette, Arkansas. He graduated from Buffalo Island Central High School before attending the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), where he graduated with honors and was selected as the Outstanding Student for the College of Liberal Arts in May 2015. After graduating from UCA, Colby pursued concurrently a Master's of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service and a law degree from UA Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law. He graduated with honors from Bowen in May 2019.
During law school, Colby was a member of both the Bowen Trial Competition Team and the UA Little Rock Law Review, where he also served as an Articles Editor on the Editorial Board. He was the top student in both his Professionalism and Specialized Legal Research: Family Law classes. After graduating from law school, he briefly lived in Alaska, where he clerked for a superior court judge in the civil division. Though he loved being surrounded by mountains and snow, Colby moved back to Arkansas in early 2020 to be closer to friends and family.
Colby has lived in Little Rock on and off for about 4 years. In his spare time, he enjoys attending trivia nights at local restaurants and having game nights with his friends. He also has fond memories of taking an annual trout fishing trip to the White River with his grandfather, father, and cousins. While living in Alaska, he also participated in a community choir.