On March 3, 2018, the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law hosted the inaugural Bowen Awards. This ceremony was held at The Clinton Presidential Center, and honored students who were awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Public Service or achieved Top Papers in their classes for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters of 2017.
“In the past, these awards were given in a more casual reception at the law school,” said Rejena S. Grotjohn, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the law school. “However, we felt a change was in order. Students who have achieved top grades in classes have spent a great deal of time and effort to make that happen. Their families have as well. Those accomplishments and sacrifices should be celebrated.”
This year, the law school also offered five new awards: Student Success Teams of the Year (Full-Time and Part-Time), Dean’s Fellow of the Year, Student Organization of the Year, and Professional Mentor of the Year.
Dean’s Certificate of Service
In support of Bowen’s core value of Public Service, the Dean’s Certificate of Public Service works to encourage students to make community service part of their professional lives. Projects benefit the Little Rock community, and are completed outside of the students’ normal educational, career, and family responsibilities
A student who completes 100 hours of public service during a 12-month period in which the student is in good standing at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law will be awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Service. A student who completes 300 hours of public service during this period and is in good standing will be awarded a Dean’s Certificate of Distinguished Service.
The 2017 Dean’s Certificate of Service recipients were:
|Dean's Certificate of Public Service Recipients|
|Pamela Abrams - Distinguished Service|
|Kyla Bishop - Distinguished Service|
|Kenneth Chitwood - Distinguished Service|
|Inez Clark - Distinguished Service|
|Samantha Davidson - Distinguished Service|
|Christopher Davis - Distinguished Service|
|Sharnea Diggs - Distinguished Service|
|Presley Hager - Distinguished Service|
|Zac Hale - Distinguished Service|
|Mackenzie Ivy - Distinguished Service|
|Frank Jenner - Distinguished Service|
|Lauren Kuhlmann - Distinguished Service|
|Megan Kurten - Distinguished Service|
|Piper Meeks - Distinguished Service|
|Amanda Ray - Distinguished Service|
|Lindsey Ray - Distinguished Service|
|Nicole Winters - Distinguished Service|
|Mallory Floyd - Public Service|
|Megan Rodgers - Public Service|
|Shelly Shaw - Public Service|
|Sean Szlachtowski - Public Service|
|Justin Turner - Public Service|
Top Paper Awards
At Bowen, “Top Paper” can also mean “top grade” in demanding classes. On top of class work and lectures, students spend hours studying, outlining, and writing. A great number of them sacrifice time with family and friends. Many of them do it after they have worked a full-time job. This accomplishment recognizes a semester of hard work and a grasp of legal principles gleaned from other classes.
Top Paper recipients were:
|Top Paper Award Recipients|
|Top Paper Award Recipients|
|Top Paper Award Recipients
|Cynthia Aikman - Special Issues in Disability Law||Mary Edwards - Gender & the Law||Micah Brown - RWA II|
|Erica Archer - Special Education law||Kristina Hallock - Specialized Legal Research: Business Law||Adrian Cable - Constitutional Law|
|Kyla Bishop - RWA II||Derek Henderson - Applied Legal Analysis||Christen Carter - Specialized Legal Research: Criminal Law|
|Stefanie Blahut - Mediation Clinic, Law Office Management, Race & Criminal Justice||Markett Humphries - Drafting General Practice Documents||Autumn Clark - RWA I|
|Katie Branscum - Real Estate Transactions||Keith Linder - Sports & Entertainment Law||Marla Dillard - Civil Procedure I|
|Janelle Lilley-Hilton - Civil Procedure II||Rachel Lott - Federal Indian Law||Brittnee Edmondson - Secured Transactions|
|Parker Cope - Public Utility Law||Madison Pitts - Oil & Gas||Dani Fields - Employment Law|
|Chancie Cormier - Legal Profession||Stephanie Qandah - Secured Transactions||Matthew French - Sales Transactions|
|Christopher Davis - Legal Profession||Sydney Rasch - Bankruptcy Law||Adam Freyaldenhoven - Contracts I, Torts|
|Marla Dillard - Contracts II||Taylor Williams - Secured Transactions||Bianca Garcia - Law Office Management|
|William Dunham - Criminal Procedure Post-Trial||Kristina Hallock - Evidence Practice|
|Arno Easterly - Capital Punishment Seminar, Decedents Estates, Specialized Legal Research: Criminal Law||Timothy Harper - Real Estate Finance|
|Awni Filat - Legal Profession||Shelby Howlett - Employment Benefits, Evidence|
|Jessica Fontenot - Criminal Law||Elizabeth James - Family Law|
|Sarah Giammo - Land Use||Frank Jenner - Administrative Law, Employment Law|
|Joshua Hall - Special Issues in Disability Law||Richard Kroll - Specialized Legal Research: Family law|
|Kristina Hallock - Legal Profession||Bart LaMont - Advanced Litigation Skills|
|Liz Harris - Civil Liberties||Glenn V. Larkin - Real Property I, Torts|
|Jessica Hefner - Law & Religion||William Lawrence - Civil Procedure I|
|Derek Henderson - Professionalism & the Work of Lawyers||Keith Linder - Conflict of Laws, Federal Income Taxation, Remedies, Decedents Estates|
|Rachel Hildebrand - Employment Discrimination||Britney Lloyd - Effective Advocacy|
|Michael Honaker - Insurance Law, Estate Planning, Criminal Procedure Pretrial Process||Rachel Lott - Real Property I|
|Shelby Howlett - Contracts II||Edward Mader - RWA I|
|Bradley Jakel - Trademark Practicum||Christine Massey - RWA I|
|Keith Linder - Business Associations||Robert Moore - Health Law|
|Rachel Lott - Criminal Law||Clayton Orr - Torts|
|McKenzie Macy - Secured Transactions, Tax Policy||Lindsey Peters - Disability Law, Law of Sexual Exploitation of Children|
|Marci Manley - RWA II||Samuel Piazza - Specialized Legal Research: Business Law, Moot Court Competition|
|Stephanie Mantell - Immigration Law||Madison Pitts - Evidence|
|Courtney McAferty - Real Property II||Meredith Powell - Criminal Procedure Pretrial Process|
|Randee Molsbee - Legal Profession||Robbi Riggs - RWA I, Real Property I|
|Nicole Murray - Jurisprudence||Shelby Shelton - RWA I|
|William Ogles - Legal Profession||Tasha Stricklin - Estate & Gift Taxation|
|Whitney Ohlhausen - Cyber Law||William Swartzwelder - Real Property I|
|Lindsey Peters - Family Law||Joseph Sweat - Torts, Contracts I|
|Stephanie Qandah - Legal Profession||Cara Tomlinson - Constitutional Law|
|Lindsey Ray - Elder Law||Evin Walker - Public International Law|
|Reagan Stanford - Juvenile Law||Brittney Waters - Introduction to International Law|
|Tess Stewart - Legislation||Taylor Williams - Jurisprudence|
|Tasha Stricklin - Specialized Legal Research: Family Law, Law & Economics||Clayton Wynn - Specialized Legal Research: Criminal Law, Fourth Amendment Seminar|
|Tasha Tidwell - Legal Profession|
|Cara Tomlinson - Professionalism & the Work of Lawyers, RWA II|
|Allison Tschiemer - Civil Procedure II, RWA II|
|Brittney Waters - Real Property II|
|Susan White - Mediation Seminar|
|Taylor Williams - Specialized Legal Research: Criminal Law|
|Jake Windley - Tax Policy|
|Nicole Winters - Drafting Contracts|
|Clayton Wynn - Sales Transactions|
Student Success Teams of the Year
Student Success Teams are small groups of entering students who work together to become independent, autonomous learners; active, engaged members of the law school community; and healthy, mindful students well equipped to cope with a rigorous legal education. Our Full-Time and Part-Time Success Teams of the Year exceled in these areas and embody primary mission of the Bowen Office of Student Affairs, to help our students become successful, engaged and mindful lawyers.
Our Full-Time Student Success Team of the Year (Group 16), consisted of Jerome Wilson, Shaquika Hughes, Samuel Angel and Chandra Smith. These four students consistently encouraged and supported each other during their first semester at Bowen. They drafted the oath of professionalism that was chosen by United States District Judge D.P. Marshall as the oath that was taken by the entire first year class during their official pinning ceremony. They attended academic workshops together, worked out together and more importantly, learned how to be successful law students together.
Kimberly Mallett, the Dean’s Fellow who mentored this group, stated “I am truly proud of each member of Group and I am confident that they will become amazing Lawyers.”
Our Part-Time Student Success Team of the Year (Group 22) is comprised of Lindsey Carter, Logan Penter, Shelby Shelton, Kalen Coleman, Emily Towe and Lara Sargent. These six students juggled the daily demands of family, children, full-time jobs and in some instances long-distance commutes, with navigating the stressful demands of their first semester in law school. From collecting supplies for Hurricane Irma victims, to planning a baby shower for one of their fellow part-time students, this group embraced their Bowen community and worked together to ensure a successful first semester and set a great example for future part-time students on how to truly thrive at Bowen.
Their Dean’s Fellow, Joanie Harp had this to say about her group. “These students embody smarts, grit, and passion for making a difference in the community and the lives of those they touch. It is an honor and pleasure to know these individuals.”
Dean’s Fellow of the Year
Dean’s Fellows are upper level students chosen to mentor 1L students during the fall semester. We select Dean’s Fellows based on their demonstrated leadership skills, excellence in academic performance, professionalism, and a desire to lead and care for their fellow students.
The Dean’s Fellow of the Year is Kimberly Mallett. Her student Success Teams finished first and second in the Full-Time Student Success Team of the Year competition, and one of her teams won the oath-writing competition, is a testament to her leadership. Kimberly helped her success team study for midterms, quizzes, and finals, gave them writing tips and written feedback on practice questions and more. She made final exam gift bags with handwritten notes offering words of encouragement during final exams to support them during one of the most stressful times of the year. Kimberly balanced being a Dean’s Fellow with being the president of BLSA (our student organization of the year) and keeping up with her 3L course work. Her example of organization, involvement, leadership, and generosity provided a great role model for all Bowen Students.
Student Organization of the Year – BLSA
Bowen has more than 25 student organizations, reflecting the diversity of interest, experience, and background within the law school community. The Student Organization of the Year award is given to the organization that best exemplifies Bowen’s core values (Professionalism, Public Service, & Access to Justice).
The 2017 honoree is Bowen’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter. Their chapter’s mission is to introduce black law students to the professional problems and responsibilities they will encounter upon admission to the practice of law, to address and represent the ideas and concerns of its members, and to promote cultural diversity and inclusion at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.
In 2017, they hosted one of the most successful Scholarship Banquets to date raising over $11,000. They coordinated multiple large-scale speaker events featuring political and community figures and professional networking opportunities with the local legal community. BLSA is constantly striving to forge partnerships with other organizations and show support for their classmates. BLSA hosted their own 1L Workshop to help new students transition to law school, sponsored an on-campus Health Fair, hosted Black History Month programs, and much more in the 2017 school year.
Kimberly Mallett, President for the 2017-2018 school year, and Jennifer Montgomery, President for 2016-2017, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.
Professional Mentor of the Year – Judge Morgan Chip Welch
Since 2013, the law school’s Professional Mentoring Program has matched first-year students with Bowen alumni who practice in areas that interest the student. Mentors work with students to develop career plans, revise their resumes, and design 11 hours of job shadowing experiences.
The 2017 Professional Mentor of the Year is the Honorable Morgan “Chip” Welch.
Judge Welch has been part of the Professional Mentor Program for several years, and is always enthusiastic about participating in events at Bowen (e.g., First Week, which welcomes new students each fall semester).
Welch is passionate about connecting students with the “right” mentor based on their specific interests and works with Diana Snyder, the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the law school to make sure that happens. He also takes on multiple mentees each year, and all of his mentees have exceptional experiences. He even gets their requirements done early so that he can have time/room to take on more mentees.
“Judge Welch is an excellent example of how judges and lawyers in the community can work with students to strengthen career satisfaction and the legal profession,” said Bowen Dean John DiPippa. “His enthusiasm for students and for his legal career are two reasons he’s successful as a mentor, and why the program is successful as a whole.”
We at Bowen wish to take a moment to honor each honoree listed here, as well as their families, friends, and colleagues all of whom play a role in their successes. Congratulations to each of you, and thank you for the roles you play in Bowen’s history and its future.