Service-Oriented Law Professor
Professor Lynn Foster has exemplified the law school’s core values of professionalism, public service, and access to justice. Professor Foster is an outstanding teacher and serves as an excellent example for her law students. She has worked in a variety of projects to help her students and her community and to create laws and policies to benefit the underserved population in Arkansas without ever seeking commendations or attention for her contributions. Her primary efforts have included the creation of a service-learning course that provides opportunities for law students to work with residents in the University District Development Corporation, representing Arkansas on the national Uniform Law Commission, and serving on the Arkansas Landlord-Tenant Law Study Commission and drafting the Commission’s 2013 report.
One of Professor Foster’s letter of nomination details her impact in multiple areas of the law and in the UALR community. Professor Foster’s service activities serve a wide spectrum of constituents through her dedicated service on three significant platforms: the University District Development Corporation, the national Uniform Law Commission, and the Arkansas Bar Association. A former student and colleague discuss how Professor Foster “exemplifies the spirit of this award through her efforts to serve the community,” and another letter of nomination explains, “her enduring commitment to fairness in the rule of law, in the face of attacks from special interests, warrants special recognition.” Professor Foster’s contributions go well beyond UALR’s high standards for excellence in service.
Professor Foster’s degrees include a J.D. from Southern Illinois University, and a M.S. and an A.B. from the University of Illinois.