Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Robert A. Leflar Professor of Law
Professor Carlton Bailey earned his B.A. from Talladega College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He practiced law in Minneapolis for six years before moving to Fayetteville to teach at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He has been a tenured faculty member since 1983. Bailey was promoted to professor in 2005, was placed in the Ben J. Altheimer professorship in 2005, and was appointed as the Robert A. Leflar Distinguished Professor of Law in 2007.
Professor Bailey has served as the director of the School of Law Legal Clinic and has taught criminal procedure, trial advocacy, pre-trial skills, and basic evidence. Recently, he published "Arkansas Adopts a Second Admissibility Test for Novel Scientific Evidence: Do Two Tests Equal One Standard?" in the Arkansas Law Review (2003) and "Ake v. Oklahoma and An Indigent Defendant's Right to An Expert Witness: A Promise Denied or Imagined?" in William & Mary, Bill of Rights Journal (Spring 2002).
Professor Bailey's most recent writings have focused on pre-trial discovery, expert testimony, and indigent rights. A winner of a 2003 and 2006 graduation award for hooding, he is currently working on a book, Arkansas Rules of Evidence for the West Group. M&M Press published his book, Discovery Practice in Arkansas, in 1994. Professor Bailey has served on many university and state committees, including the Arkansas Supreme Courts Committee on Professional Conduct.
Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor Lonnie Beard began teaching at the School of Law in 1983. He served as the director of the graduate law program from 1994 to 2000 and has served as associate dean for academic affairs on three prior occasions. His primary teaching and research interest is in the area of taxation, particularly the taxation of business entities.
He earned his B.A. at Arkansas State University, his J.D. at the University of Arkansas, and his LL.M. from New York University. He was admitted to practice in Arkansas and Iowa in 1975 and in California in 1979.
Professor Beard has twice served as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. His practice career included stints as a trial defense attorney with the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate and with a small firm in San Diego, where his work was primarily in the areas of business and estate planning.
Howard W. Brill
Vincent Foster University Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility
A.B., J.D., LL.M.
Professor Howard Brill has been at the School of Law since 1975. He is the first Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility and teaches professional responsibility, remedies, civil procedure, and domestic relations. He also teaches a special topics course on baseball and the law.
After graduating from Duke University, he taught English language and African literature as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria. Professor Brill earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review, and later earned a graduate degree from the University of Illinois. In addition to practicing with a small firm in Rock Island, Ill., he has taught at the Universities of Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In connection with the School of Law's summer programs, he has taught in Cambridge, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
His publications include Arkansas Law of Damages (5th edition) and Arkansas Professional and Judicial Ethics (7th edition). He served on former Gov. Clinton's Commission on Ethics and Gov. Tucker's Ethics Task Force. Along with other court and bar association committees, he serves on the Professional Ethics & Grievances Committee of the Arkansas Bar and the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. He also prepares advisory ethical opinions for attorneys and judges. On several occasions, he has served as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
From 1995 to 2010, Professor Brill served as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference, fulfilling academic certification and compliance duties. From 2007 to 2010 he also was the Secretary of the Southeastern Conference. He served as the interim dean of the School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year.
Professor of Law
Professor Chauncey Brummer earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship Attorney at the Louisville Legal Aid Society. He served as an attorney and general solicitor for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company.
Professor Brummer taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1979 to 1982 before coming to the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he teaches torts, domestic relations, and juvenile law. He is a member of the Kentucky, National, and American Bar Associations.
He serves on the Board of Directors at Ozark Guidance mental health center and is on the Northwest Arkansas advisory board of the Salvation Army. In 1995, Professor Brummer was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow and served for one year with the University of Missouri-Kansas City senior administration.
He served as deputy to the chancellor of the University of Arkansas from January 1998 to July 1999. In that capacity, he advised the chancellor on a number of issues affecting the University of Arkansas. Professor Brummer has also served as special assistant to the chancellor and interim associate vice chancellor for faculty development.
Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Dustin Buehler teaches civil procedure, law and economics, federal jurisdiction, and wills, trusts, and estates. His research focuses primarily on federal jurisdiction, and the use of economic analysis to assess legal rules and public policy.
Professor Buehler earned his B.A. in Politics and History from Willamette University, and received his J.D. from the University of Washington. While in law school, he served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review, President of the Moot Court Honor Board, and won the National Moot Court Competition.
Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Professor Buehler clerked for Judge Alfred Goodwin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced commercial litigation at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, and taught civil procedure at the University of Washington.
Outside the classroom, Professor Buehler enjoys running and watching baseball with his wife, and once held a Guinness World Record after lecturing for nearly 52 hours on the history of the American presidency.
Carl J. Circo
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law
Carl Circo joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2003. He teaches Real Estate Transactions, Construction Law, Land Use, Negotiations, and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. He also supervises students in the Corporate Counsel Externship. He received his B.A. in Philosophy (1971) and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska (1976), where he graduated first in his law school class. Following law school, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Warren K. Urbom of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. He has served as an assistant professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
He has been admitted to practice in Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. For over 20 years, he practiced with Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, a Kansas City-based regional firm, where he devoted most of his time to real estate matters, business transactions, and construction law. He also established and directed the firm’s professional development program for associates.
Professor Circo has been a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers since 1993, and he has held numerous leadership positions in sections and committees of the American Bar Association and state bar associations. His recent publications include articles on construction and design law, sustainable development, and real estate transactions. Several of his current scholarly articles are available at http://ssrn.com/author=622638.When sufficiently provoked, Professor Circo has been known to play a mean accordion.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., J.D.
Professor Angela Doss teaches drafting and legal research and writing I, II, and III. She is a visiting assistant professor, who previously taught as an adjunct professor.
She earned her J.D. at the University of Arkansas and is an experienced practitioner with licenses in Arkansas and Missouri. Before joining the School of Law, Professor Doss spent 17 years with the Bassett Law Firm, where she was a partner and concentrated on worker's compensation defense.
Professor of Law
LL.B., LL.M., LL.M., S.J.D.
Professor Uche Ewelukwa joined the School of Law faculty in 2001 to teach in the areas of intellectual property law and international law. She also teaches business and commercial torts; international trade law; international business transactions; and a special seminar on terrorism, national security, and human rights.
Professor Ewelukwa graduated in the top 1 percent of her class with a law degree from the University of Nigeria. She went on to earn a diploma in International and Comparative Human Rights Law from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She later earned her LL.M. in international business law from University College London and another LL.M. degree in international law from Harvard Law School. In spring 2003, she earned her doctorate (S.J.D.) from Harvard University. She was also selected as one of five 2003 Carnegie Council fellows by the Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs.
Professor Ewelukwa has an extensive and impressive record of publications, professional service, and teaching. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including an Orville Shell International Human Rights Fellowship from Human Rights Watch, the largest human rights organization in the United States, the Human Rights Essay Award, and a fellowship award from the Albert Einstein Institution for Non-Violent Sanctions.
Janet A. Flaccus
Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor Janet Flaccus has taught at the School of Law for 25 years. She has principally taught commercial law, including classes in bankruptcy, Chapter 11 business reorganizations, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, international and domestic sales and leasing, and contracts. She also teaches domestic relations.
Professor Flaccus earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College; her J.D. from the University of California at Davis, summa cum laude; and her graduate law degree from the University of Illinois. She practiced law in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., for five years and joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in 1984. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois School of Law.
Her recent writings have focused on bankruptcy changes, secured transactions, and domestic relations law. Professor Flaccus has written about single-asset debtors, disgorgement of attorney's fees in bankruptcy, and bankruptcy jurisdiction. She has done a statistical study to determine any aspects of a divorce that would predict post-divorce fighting of the parties in the court system. Two factors available in the court file quickly predicted 76 percent of the post-divorcing fighting families. She has been editor of Arkansas Law Notes for more than 10 years and has published almost 30 articles in Law Notes.
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.
Professor Sharon Foster joined the School of Law faculty in 2000 and became a tenure-track assistant professor in fall 2006. Prior to her arrival, she was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2000. She taught in the Legal Research & Writing Program and has offered courses in international legal research and international finance. She has also coached the Jessup International Law Moot Court team.
Professor Foster earned her bachelor's from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983, her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1987, and her LL.M. in 1997 from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in law in 2007 from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Between 1987 and 2000, she was in private practice in Los Angeles, focusing on construction and international law. Her recent writings have been in the area of international law.
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor Brian Gallini received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. While at Michigan, Professor Gallini served as the Articles Editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law. After his graduation from law school, Professor Gallini served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Clifford on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He thereafter joined the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris LLP practicing white-collar criminal defense.
Professor Gallini left practice in 2005 to clerk for the Honorable Richard Allen Griffin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court. Before joining the University of Arkansas, Professor Gallini taught for two years at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Outside of academia, Professor Gallini has coached ice hockey for the past several years. Notably, he served as the Head Coach for the University of Pennsylvania Men's Ice Hockey Team from 2006-08 and is now the Co-Head Coach for the University of Arkansas Men's Ice Hockey Team. You can follow his team at www.razorbackhockey.com.
Professor Gallini lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Beth.
Carol R. Goforth
Clayton N. Little Professor of Law
Professor Carol Goforth is the former associate dean for academic affairs and a former Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law. She was appointed as the Clayton N. Little Professor of Law in 2000. Professor Goforth graduated at the top of her class at the School of Law in 1984. She practiced law for five years at a Tulsa, Okla., firm, specializing in corporate and commercial transactions. She then became a full-time professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey, where she focused on business organizations, corporate finance, and securities regulation.
In 1993, Professor Goforth joined the School of Law faculty. She has taught most business entity-oriented courses at the school, including advanced corporations, business organizations, business planning, corporate finance, and securities regulation.
She is the author of many published articles on a variety of subjects, including limited liability companies and partnerships, securities law, and the ethical duties of lawyers who practice in limited liability entities. In 1999, Professor Goforth was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI), which welcomes distinguished federal and state judges, lawyers, and law professors. She was an active member of the consultative group on the ALI's Restatement (Third) of Agency project. In 2005, she was added as an official observer to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws drafting committee on amendments to the Revised Uniform LLC Act.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor D'lorah Hughes is teaching and directing the Criminal Clinics at the Law School. In addition to teaching both the Criminal Defense and Criminal Prosecution clinics, she is developing courses in AIDS/HIV Policy and Law. Her teaching experience includes courses in Health Law, Pre-Trial Litigation Skills, and, most recently, Advanced Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, which she taught to both American and Chinese law students at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China.
Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Professor Hughes served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law, where she taught in the Health Law Clinic, and she served as an Assistant Professor and First-Year Legal Analysis Program Coordinator at Whittier Law School.
After graduating from Duke Law School, Professor Hughes served as a judicial clerk under the Honorable Janis Graham Jack of the U.S. District Court in Texas' Southern District, a staff attorney in the AIDS Legal Services Program of the Law Foundation of SiliconValley, and as a Deputy Public Defender for the Orange County Public Defender's Office in Santa Ana, California.
She is a Board Member for the AALS Section on Balancing Legal Education, a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, Society of American Law Teachers, and the California Public Defender's Association, among others. She recently delivered a presentation, "Millenial Law Students and Clinical Legal Education" during the Humanizing Legal Education Symposium at Washburn Law School.
Don P. Judges
E. J. Ball Professor of Law, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
B.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Professor Don Judges has diverse academic and professional interests. Since 1989, he has taught constitutional law, law and mental health systems, criminal procedure, professional responsibility, civil rights, jurisprudence, evidence, and torts.
Professor Judges earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. He graduated with highest honors in 1983 from University of Maryland School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review, served as an Asper Fellow with Judge Patricia Wald on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and received many academic awards. Professor Judges clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then practiced law with Arnold & Porter, where he worked on securities litigation, Indian law, real estate, bankruptcy, and legislative projects.
His primary research interests involve the interdisciplinary application of psychological theory to substantive areas. He has published articles on the social psychology of capital punishment, eyewitness evidence, the psychology of risk preference and tort law, authoritarianism and the feminist anti-pornography movement, and the affirmative action debate and disadvantaged neighborhoods. He is the author of Hard Choices, Lost Voices, a book on the abortion conflict.
In 1999, he earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa. He serves as reporter to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions (Civil) and serves with local law enforcement agencies as a certified law enforcement instructor, crisis negotiator, and part-time officer.
Christopher R. Kelley
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Christopher Kelley teaches in the areas of economic and environmental regulation of agriculture in the Graduate Program in Agricultural & Food Law. He also teaches Administrative Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and a Rule of Law Colloquium.
Professor Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach law students in Ukraine and Moldova using digital video conferencing equipment. He also has taught in Minsk, Belarus, and will teach courses in Minsk and in Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania, during the 2011-2012 academic year. Professor Kelley is a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and has taught there and at law firms in Minsk and Chisinau.
Professor Kelley is the Immediate Past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law's Russia/Eurasia Committee, having served three terms as the Committee's co-chair. He also is a Vice-Chair of the ABA SIL's Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He has participated in ABA SIL International Legal Exchange (ILEX) briefing trips to Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. Professor Kelley also is a member of the International Bar Association.
Before joining the faculty in 1988, Professor Kelley practiced in private law firms in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General's Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. He has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School.
Ann M. Killenbeck
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Professor Ann Killenbeck rejoined the faculty in 2003. She previously served as co-director and director of the Legal Research & Writing Program, overseeing a major restructuring of the program from 1988 to 1992 before leaving to pursue further studies. Professor Killenbeck holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska and her Ph.D. in public policy and higher education from the University of Michigan.
She served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice William C. Hastings of the Nebraska Supreme Court and taught legal writing at the School of Law for four years, while running the continuing legal education program and serving as interim director of alumni relations.
At the University of Michigan, Professor Killenbeck focused on legal and policy issues in higher education with a dissertation that was one of the first studies to assess the impact of affirmative action programs on student outcomes. This study garnered considerable attention, and she was invited to participate in a number of major national conferences. Professor Killenbeck was one of a small number of people to participate in the May 1997 conference on Diversity & Higher Education, sponsored by the Harvard Civil Rights project. The conference helped shape the litigation strategy pursued by the University of Michigan to defend its admissions systems and the litigation that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark opinions in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003).
Professor Killenbeck was a participant in a roundtable, entitled Understanding the Difference Diversity Makes: Assessing Campus Diversity & Tolerance Initiatives, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was a research associate in a number of major grants and studies, including one that developed retention models for participating Historically Black Colleges in the Third Black College Program sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts.
Professor Killenbeck worked as a research associate in the Office of the Provost at the University of Michigan, where she helped plan and deliver a major orientation session for tenure-track faculty. She also worked in University Relations at the University of Arkansas, where she assisted the chancellor in a number of projects, including a Title IX self-study and a university proposal to locate the Clinton Presidential Library on campus.
Mark R. Killenbeck
Wylie H. Davis Distinguished Professor of Law
A.B., J.D., Ph.D.
Professor Mark Killenbeck has been at the School of Law since 1988. He teaches Constitutional Law, The First Amendment, American Legal History, and Criminal Law.
Professor Killenbeck earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College, majoring in English literature, a subject he subsequently taught at the University of Kansas. He earned both his J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska, where he spent 13 years in the University’s Central Administration, ultimately serving as Chief of Staff for the system President.
Professor Killenbeck is the author of numerous books, chapters, articles, and papers, with a special focus on federalism, American constitutional history, and affirmative action and diversity. His articles have appeared in a number of major national law journals, including the Supreme Court Review, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Hastings Law Journal.
Professor Killenbeck's most recent book, M'Culloch v. Maryland: Securing a Nation, was published in 2006 by the University Press of Kansas. His assessment of the Supreme Court's 2003 affirmative action decisions, Affirmative Action and Diversity: The Beginning of the End? Or the End of the Beginning?, was published in 2004 by the Educational Testing Service in their Policy Information Perspective series. He has also contributed chapters to a number of works, the most recent of which is “Affirmative Action and the Courts: From Plessy to Brown to Grutter, And Back?,” which appeared in Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making: Psychological Perspectives (Springer Publishing Company, June 2007).
Professor Killenbeck is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was the first individual in the history of the Law School to be elected to membership while serving on the faculty. He was also recently designated as a contributing editor for the publication Historically Speaking, for which will write periodically on the Supreme Court and constitutional history. The first of these essays, “Context and Content: The Enduring Importance of M’Culloch v. Maryland,” appeared in the July/August 2007 issue.
Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Karen Koch teaches legal research and writing I, II, and III. She brings expertise and experience from a wide variety of educational and professional areas to her teaching. She has been teaching legal research and writing at Hamline University School of Law for the past four years and is the author of A Multidisciplinary Comparison of Rules-Driven Writing: Similarities in Legal Writing, Biology Research Articles, and Computer Programming, 55 J. Legal Educ. 234 (2005).
Professor Koch holds a master's certificate in learning technologies and an arbitrator certification. For the past three years, she has been a legal writing consultant and coach at Leonard, Street & Deinard in Minneapolis, Minn., where she worked with the law firm to develop legal writing programs for second-year law student associates, summer associates, and first- to fourth-year associates.
Before joining the Hamline faculty, Professor Koch served as a judicial clerk to Judge Sharon L. Hall in the 10th Judicial District of Minnesota. She has also worked as a reference attorney for West Publishing and was co-partner in a law office technology consulting firm. Prior to attending law school, she worked at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center doing basic and clinical research on immune cell topics.
Robert B Leflar
Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law
Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
A.B., J.D., M.P.H.
Professor Robert Leflar's teaching and research focus on torts, health law, and related fields. He teaches first-year torts and upper-level courses and seminars in products liability, health law and policy, bioethics and law, and defamation and privacy. He writes on the topic of comparative international law, particularly regarding Japan.
A native of Fayetteville, Leflar earned his bachelor's, J.D., and master's in public health from Harvard University. Prior to teaching law, he clerked for Judge George Edwards in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, and was a staff attorney for Public Citizen Health Research Group in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the bars of Arkansas, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A devoted baseball fan, he is active in various public interest organizations, such as the Arkansas chapter of the Sierra Club.
Professor Leflar has been awarded several fellowships for study in Japan, including a Fulbright grant, Japan Foundation fellowship, and, most recently, grants from the Center for Global Partnership and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for a research project comparing medical quality control in Japan and the United States.
He has lectured, often in Japanese, at Tokyo University and other universities in Japan and at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and several international conferences. He has published articles about Japan in American, Japanese, and European journals. His book (in Japanese) on the development of informed consent in Japanese medicine and law was published in 2002.
Mary Elizabeth Matthews
Sidney Parker Davis Jr. Professor of Business & Commercial Law
Professor Mary Elizabeth Matthews primarily teaches courses in the commercial and corporate law curriculum, including contracts, negotiable instruments, and business organizations.
Professor Matthews earned her bachelor's and J.D. degrees at the University of Arkansas and was admitted to practice in Arkansas in 1978. She has been in private practice and has taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 1978. She joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1986 and became a full professor in 1996.
Her research interests include credit cards, shareholder derivative suits, and limited liability companies.
James K. Miller
Associate Dean for Students
Associate Dean for Students James Miller joined the School of Law in 1976. He earned his B.S.B.A. in 1965 from the University of Arkansas and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1976.
A Danville, Ark., native, Dean Miller taught journalism and social studies in the Dardanelle, Ark., school system before returning to the University of Arkansas to study law. He became assistant dean in 1976 and was named associate dean for students in 1995. In 2005, Dean Miller was honored with the prestigious Henry J. Ramsey Jr. Award by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
Robert B. Moberly
Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law
Professor Robert Moberly teaches courses in alternative dispute resolution and labor arbitration. He earned his bachelor's in economics and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his service as dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, he was a trustee research fellow and professor of law at the University of Florida, where he was the founding director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution.
His other appointments include visiting professorships at the University of Illinois; the University of Louvain, Belgium; and the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also served as a law clerk on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and was a labor attorney in government and private practice.
Professor Moberly has published extensively in the areas of labor law and conflict resolution, co-authoring two books and publishing more than 30 articles in law reviews, including those of Cornell, Florida, Illinois, Washington, and Wisconsin and in scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Legal Education. He has received grants from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture and from other granting entities. He was honored by the Center for Public Resources for Outstanding Alternative Dispute Resolution Scholarship and was the principal drafter of mediator ethical standards adopted by the Florida Supreme Court.
Professor Moberly was appointed to the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in 2006. He has chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor Law Sections of the Association of American Law Schools and was an executive board member of the Labor Law Group and the U.S. Branch of the International Society for Labor Law & Social Security.
He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators (formerly Chair, Southeast Region); a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; a life member of the Labor & Employment Relations Association; a charter member of the Association for Conflict Resolution; and a member of the American, Arkansas, Florida (faculty affiliate), Tennessee, and Wisconsin Bar Associations. He also serves as co-adviser of the student Employment & Labor Law Society.
Professor of Law
B.S., M.A., J.D.
Cynthia Nance has focused her teaching and research on labor and employment law, poverty law, and torts. She served as the dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006 through 2011, and is both the first African American and first woman to serve in this position. She earned her J.D. with distinction and M.A. in finance from the University of Iowa.
Nance has worked as a labor educator at the University of Iowa Labor Center and was a faculty fellow in the law school. She was a recipient of the inaugural Judge Andree Layton Roaf Award, the 2009 T.E. Patterson Education Award from the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus, the 2007 American Association for Affirmative Action Arthur A. Fletcher Award and the 2006 NIA Professional Achievement Award. She was also honored as the 2005 Arkansas Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen. In 2004, she received the University of Arkansas Alumni Association's Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Public Service and was recognized in 2003 as a Northwest Arkansas Woman of Distinction and a Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Individual Achievement Award recipient. In addition, she has been honored as one of 25 Minority Trailblazers and 20 Women of Influence by Arkansas Business.
Nance is past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Employment Discrimination and Labor & Employment Law Sections. She rides a Harley Davidson named “Bea.”
Phillip E. Norvell
Professor of Law
Professor Phillip Norvell teaches in the areas of property and natural resources and also teaches antitrust law. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. and earned his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. He practiced law as an antitrust trial attorney with the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the School of Law faculty.
His scholarship is centered around oil and gas law. He has lectured before numerous national and state mineral law institutes on oil, gas, and water law. His most recent writings have focused on mineral conveyancing and facilitating the development of oil and gas resources.
Professor Norvell has served on the Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in an editorial capacity. He was a member of the Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission from 1987 to 1996. He has also served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Oil & Gas Reporter (Matthew Bender) since 1981.
Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor Laurent Sacharoff received his B.A. from Princeton University and graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After law school he clerked for the Honorable John S. Martin, Jr. in the Southern District of New York and then joined the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was the pro-bono fellow handling prison litigation. He also worked as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. Before coming to the University of Arkansas School of Law, he taught at Temple Law School as an Abraham L. Freedman fellow.
Prof. Sacharoff teaches criminal law, international criminal law, and capital punishment. His research interests include criminal law and procedure, as well as constitutional law.
Kathryn A. Sampson
Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Kathryn Sampson joined the School of Law's Legal Research & Writing faculty in 1993 after teaching in a similar capacity at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga., from 1990 to 1993. Prior to that, she clerked for the Second Judicial District of Iowa from 1989 to 1990. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and earned her B.A. in English and journalism in 1982 from University of Northern Iowa.
Professor Sampson has been teaching composition, rhetoric, and analysis since 1980 in various capacities - as a student writing specialist, language arts teacher, and faculty member in two research and writing programs. Since 1993, she has coached the Arkansas team for the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Bar of the City of New York and, from 2000 to 2007, she coached the Jessup International Law Moot Court team. She teaches Legal Research & Writing, insurance law, and short courses in guardianship and insurance subrogation.
Since 1999, Professor Sampson has served as chair or co-chair of the University of Arkansas Distinguished Lectures Committee, and as the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures representative on that committee. In these capacities, she has been involved in planning campus visits from nationally and internationally known speakers, including Salman Rushdie, Ehud Barak, James Earl Jones, Robert Redford, Buzz Aldrin, Isabel Allende, W. S. Merwin, and Howard Zinn.
Professor Sampson has published several articles on topics ranging from will contest litigation to ethics in legal research and writing. Her most recent publication is "The Legal News Portfolio: Building Professionalism through Student Engagement in 'Off-Topic' Course Content," Vol. 15, No. 3, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (Spring 2007).
Susan A. Schneider
Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor Susan Schneider teaches agricultural and food law courses and serves as the Director of the School of Law's unique advanced degree program, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.
Professor Schneider graduated with a B.A. from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu). She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law in from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Professor Schneider's private practice experience includes agricultural law work with firms in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C. She served as a staff attorney at Farmer's Legal Action Group Inc. and at the National Center for Agricultural Law Research & Information. In addition to teaching at the University of Arkansas school of Law, she has taught agricultural law and related subjects at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota and at the Drake University Summer Agricultural Law Institute in Iowa.
Professor Schneider is a past president of the American Agricultural Law Association and a member of the Board of Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. She is a frequent speaker at agricultural and food law conferences.
In addition to her traditional publications, she is a significant contributor to the agricultural law blog on the Jurisdynamics Network, and the sole contributor to the blog of the LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law. Her twitter account for the LL.M. Program is followed by many interested in agricultural and food law issues.
Stephen M. Sheppard
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, William H. Enfield Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., Cert. Int'l L., LL.M., M.Litt., J.S.D.
Steve Sheppard teaches international and environmental law, constitutional law, legal history, and jurisprudence, property, remedies and other common law courses. He is a member of the graduate faculty in Political Science, the core faculty in Public Policy, and the advisory faculties for European Studies and the King Fahd Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has taught in New York University's Global Law School Program in New York. He has lectured or presented in China, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Sweden.
He is a faculty adviser to the International Law Society, the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, the Environmental Law Society, and the H.L.A. Hart Society. His public service includes enlistment and commission in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and membership in the Iraq Advisory Group of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, in 2005.
He practiced law with Phelps Dunbar in its Louisiana, Mississippi, and London offices, and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge William Barbour, Jr. and to U.S. Appellate Judge E. Grady Jolly, Jr. A member of the bar in Mississippi, Sheppard continues to consult and advise charities and governmental agencies. He is a member of the American Law Institute a Master in the American Inns of Court.
His first degree is in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from Columbia University and holds a post‑J.D. certificate in international law from the Parker School for International and Comparative Law at Columbia. He was made Master of Letters by Oxford University and Doctor of the Science of Law by Columbia University.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Tim Tarvin teaches the Federal Practice Clinic, the Transactional Clinic and the General Practice Clinic. He serves in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates and is a member of the Association’s Technology Committee and Legal Services Committee. He has served on the Arkansas Supreme Court Task Force on Public Access to Court Records and on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
He has spoken at local, regional and national conferences on the academic use of document assembly software and expert systems and has served as a panelist and presenter on web-based continuing legal education, co-authoring an article on that topic. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on legal technology, nonprofit organizations and bankruptcy. Professor Tarvin is an editor/contributor for a website for nonprofits, Legal eSource.
Following his admission to practice in 1976 he served as deputy prosecuting attorney, bankruptcy trustee, juvenile judge, and municipal judge before joining the School of Law faculty in 1993. Professor Tarvin is admitted to practice before the Arkansas Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and United States District Courts for Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. He belongs to the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the Washington County Bar Association. He earned his B.A. in business and economics from Hendrix College and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Randall J. Thompson
Director of Young Law Library and Information Technology Services
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., M.L.S., J.D.
Professor Randall J. Thompson holds a B.A. and a M.L.S. from Indiana University, and his J.D. is from the University of Illinois. He was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1983.
Professor Thompson served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy. He was a librarian at the Indiana Supreme Court Law Library and with the Indianapolis law firms of Locke Reynolds and Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart. He was also the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Library and Information Technology at Louisiana State University. His interests are in legal information management and law firm legal research.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Young joined the School of Law from The George Washington University Law School, where she was the Interim Director of the Immigration Clinic from 2007-2008. Professor Young worked for three years at the San Francisco Immigration Court as an attorney adviser through the Department of Justice Honors Program. At the Court, her duties included writing final orders, analyzing and presenting changes in federal law to the immigration judges, supervising judicial law clerks, and managing the Court's intern program. While a student at GW Law, she was executive guide editor of the George Washington International Law Review, and attended the GW-Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law. She also spent a year working in the Law School's Immigration Clinic, and was the 2004 recipient of the Richard C. Lewis, Jr. Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence. Her research focuses on issues in immigration. She is the creator and director of the law school's Immigration Clinic.