The Bowen School of Law boasts a remarkable history. Although legal education has existed in different forms in Little Rock since 1868, it was not until 1975 that the Arkansas General Assembly enacted legislation to make the Little Rock Division of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Law School into the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. The legislation allowed the Law School to continue its part-time program but also to enroll full-time students.
The School of Law graduated its first full-time class in 1978. In 1992, it moved into its present location at the edge of MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock and, in 2000, it became known as the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, in honor of its former dean, Bill Bowen.
Today, Bowen continues its long tradition of making legal education accessible to a wide range of students by enrolling 450 students, including 300 full-time students and 150 part-time students.
Bowen graduates can be found on the federal and state benches, in the halls of Congress, the General Assembly and the Attorney Generalâ€™s office, Fortune 50 companies, and prominent law firms.
2013-2014 Alumni Board Officers
President – Danyelle Walker, ’95, Law Office of Danyelle Walker, PLLC
Danyelle Walker, of The Law Office of Danyelle Walker, PLLC, has practiced exclusively in consumer bankruptcy area for approximately 17 years.Â Prior to entering into private practice, she was a law clerk for former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Andree Layton Roaf. Â She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association where she serves on the Bar Associationsâ€™ Board of Governors.Â Ms. Walker was appointed to serve as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court by Governor Mike Beebe.Â She currently serves on the Supreme Courtâ€™s Professional Conduct Committee, is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.Â Ms. Walker isÂ on the UALR Board of Visitors, VOCALS Board of Directors, Our House Board, the Access to Justice Foundation Board of Directors, an appointee to the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and she is the current president of the Bowen School of Law Alumni Association.Â She was the 2008 Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership Attorney of the Year and was awarded the Arkansas Bar Associationâ€™s Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award that same year.Â More recently, she was voted VOCALS 2012 Attorney of the Year.Â She has done numerous continuing legal education seminars for both the Arkansas Bar Association and the Debtor/Creditor Bar.Â Ms. Walker received a B.S. degree in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1992 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 1995
President-Elect – Jason Hendren, ’97, Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP
Jason B. Hendren worked for more than a decade in the Little Rock office of Friday, Eldredge & Clark, defending healthcare providers and pharmaceutical and medical product companies in litigated matters.Â In 2009, he returned to his home in Northwest Arkansas, where he continues the same work. Jason has been the lead attorney in more than 100 healthcare malpractice cases and has represented physicians, hospitals and dentists in complex litigated matters.Â He is regularly consulted by many healthcare entities and is a frequent speaker on issues involving healthcare litigation.Â Jason is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association; Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation; Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel; DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute); W.B. Putman American Inn of Court; Barrister, American Heart Association; Executive Leadership Team, NW Arkansas Heart Gala, 2010; Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006â€“2012; Kiwanis Club of Bentonville; Bentonville Public Schools Foundation, Board of Directors; and UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Association, 2010–present.
First Vice President – Andy Taylor, ’05, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm
Andy Taylor is a Partner at Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A.Â His practice focuses on Personal Injury Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Real Estate Litigation, Business Litigation, Collections Litigation, and Contract Disputes. After graduation, Andy practiced as Real Estate Counsel for Dillard’s, Inc., and then returned to the law school to serve as the Assistant Dean for Academic Support.Â In 2009, Andy entered into private practice and then co-founded Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. in 2010 with Tasha Taylor, ’05. Andy is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and is a Board Member of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Association.
Secretary – J.J. Childers, ’95, Childers Law Firm
J.J. Childers is a 1995 graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Since graduation, he has worked primarily as a consultant and advisor to small businesses and investors on the areas of business management, taxation, and legal structuring. He continues to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada speaking to groups on these issues and is the author of a number of small business books and publications. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Harding University in 1992.
Treasurer – Cory Childs, ’08, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
Cory Childs advises business and individual clients in all aspects of commercial transactions including a variety of lending, real estate, corporate governance, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and general business matters. Mr. Childs drafts annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements, Section 16 reports and other SEC documents for public companies. Childs was Law Clerk to the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2007-2008. He is President, W. Harold Flowers Law Society; Member, Arkansas Bar Association; Board Member, National Bar Association.
Immediate Past President -Â Jim Hathaway, ’86, Kutak Rock, LLP
Jim Hathaway joined Kutak Rock LLP as a partner in 2002 after working in public finance with the Little Rock law firms of Williams & Anderson and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings.Â During his 26 years of public finance work, Mr. Hathaway has worked as bond counsel, issuer counsel, underwriter counsel and trustee counsel in many types of financings.Â Mr. Hathaway has represented numerous issuers in Arkansas, including the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, the Arkansas Student Loan Authority and the University of Arkansas, including issues to fund major improvements on the UAMS, UALR and Fayetteville campuses.Â Mr. Hathaway also has extensive experience with electrical utilities and in drafting legislation. Mr. Hathaway received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1979 and his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 1986.Â He was Survey Editor of the UALR Law Journal while in law school.Â He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Federal Energy Bar Association.Â He was named as a leading lawyer in his practice area in the 2012 Edition of Chambers USA: Americaâ€™s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was recently included in the 2013 edition of the Arkansas Times Best Lawyers in Arkansas.Â Mr. Hathaway is a graduate of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Leadership Institute, and a past president of the Leadership alumni organization.Â Mr. Hathaway currently serves on the Board of Directors of VOCALS.
Board Members include:
Brian Clary, ’06, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 22nd Judicial District
Since 2006, Brian has represented the State of Arkansas as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Saline County.Â He handles a general felony caseload for the office.Â Brian is a native of Memphis, TN and completed his undergraduate studies at Rhodes College.Â During his time at Bowen, Brian served as a member of the Law Review Editorial Board and as a class representative to the Student Bar Association.Â Brian is an active member of both the Arkansas and American Bar Associations.Â He was recently selected to serve as District Representative for Arkansas and Oklahoma to the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA.Â In his free time, Brian is an aspiring marathon runner.
Judge Vicki Cook, ’82, Circuit Judge, Division II
Judge Cook began her judicial career in 1993 when she was appointed by the theÂ governor to take Judge Robbins place as Chancery JudgeÂ when he was elected to serve on theÂ Arkansas Court of Appeals court. In 1995, Â she was elected Garland County Circuit Judge, Juvenile Division. She was recently reappointed by Governor Beebe to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence, a position she has held since 1993. Judge Cook is a Community Services Organization board member, a member of the Garland County Juvenile Drug Court program, a member of the Garland County Adoption Coalition, a board member of the Garland County Literacy Council and a member of the Court Improvement Project. SheÂ was honored inÂ 2000 as the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Juvenile Judge of the Year and the CASA Juvenile Judge of the Year.
Edie Ervin, ’93, Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP
Edie Ervin practices in the BusinessÂ LitigationÂ group at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, where she bringsÂ a rare background combining private practice with over a decade of judicial clerkship experience. After graduating first in her law school class, Edie started her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She then joined Williams & Anderson as an associate, later becoming a partner. While in private practice, she focused exclusively on litigation, primarily commercial litigation, class action work, and employment law. In 2000, she returned to the Eastern District courthouse to clerk for the Honorable James M. Moody. In 2002, she returned to Judge Eiseleâ€™s chambers. Edieâ€™s extensive experience evaluating legal issues from a court-oriented perspective allows her to offer her clients a unique perspective and insight into preparing for and responding to legal challenges. Ms. Ervin is an Adjunct Professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, a past board member andÂ past presidentÂ at Camp Aldersgate, Inc.Â and Co-produced, co-wrote and co-directed a documentary,Â Judge Eisele, A Life in the Law.
Janet Gnerlich, ’77, Department of Navy, Associate General Counsel & Chairman, CNIC NAF Board of Trustees for Retirement Fund
Janet L. Gnerlich, Chair of NAF Retirement Trust and of Counsel, Navy Office of General Counsel (OGC),Â Â recently retired as Associate General Counsel for Technology Programs (SES), Department of Homeland Security, where sheÂ managed government contracts and intellectual property. She spent most of her federal career with Navy OGC, Office of Naval Research, in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gnerlich is also a retired Navy JAGC.Â Jan has her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from UALR William H.Â Bowen School of Law.
Mark Hayes, ’86, Arkansas Municipal League, General Counsel
Mark HayesÂ is General Counsel to the Arkansas Municipal League and has worked for the League since 1989. Mr. Hayes advises municipalities, their officials and employees on various statutory and constitutional issues as well as lobbying on their behalf at both the state and national level. His experience includes numerous jury trials and appearances before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court. He has served the City of Little Rock as an Assistant City Attorney and Municipal Judge. Mr. Hayes received his bachelorâ€™s degree in Personnel Management from Arkansas State University and his Juris Doctor from the Bowen School of Law, where is currently serving his first term on the alumni board. He is a member of the American, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations. Mr. Hayes served a six year appointment by the Arkansas Supreme Court to the Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board, the last year of which he served as Chairperson. He is in his twenty-third year as Secretary/Treasurer of the Arkansas City Attorneyâ€™s Association. Mr. Hayes was named Outstanding League Counsel by the International Municipal Lawyerâ€™s Association in 2012 and was recently elected to the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel organization. Mark is married to Alison Offutt,’95, who is also a practicing attorney in Little Rock.
Carla Johnson, ’09, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Carla S. Johnson is an associate in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Development and Finance Practice, where she assists clients in a broad range of finance and commercial real estate matters.Â CarlaÂ focuses her practice on the representation of developers and owners in all phases of commercial real estate including acquisition, development, financing, disposition and tax-free exchanges and bond issues. This includes assisting financial institutions engaged in asset-based lending, and assisting companies seeking economic development opportunities.Â Ms. Johnson was named, Lawyers of Color’s 2013 Hot List; is aÂ Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers; Member, Tennessee, American and Memphis Bar Associations; Member, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association; Board Member, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board; Member, William R. Overton American Inn of Court and Attorney Mentor, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Carol Johnson, ’00, Fair Housing Commission, Executive Director
Carol Johnson, J.D., M.A.,Â is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, the only state agency specifically charged with protecting the civil rights of Arkansans. The Commission is a quasi-judicial, regulatory, enforcement agency charged with receiving, investigating and otherwise resolving fair housing and fair lending complaints within the State of Arkansas. Ms. Johnson has worked in various areas of administrative, civil and criminal law, and held a clerkship with the Arkansas Attorney Generalâ€™s Office. Ms. Johnson previously worked with the Arkansas Workersâ€™ Compensation Commission performingÂ de novoÂ reviews of Administrative Law Judge decisions and with the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services litigating child dependency-neglect cases. Additionally, Ms. Johnson is a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Garland County, Arkansas. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.
Jerry Malone, ’85, Malone Law Firm
Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Malone’s practice is principally focused on providing government relations/lobbying services to clients in the D.C. metropolitan region. Mr. Malone represents clients with needs (legislative, regulatory and other) before the United States Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation or its agencies (highways, transit, aviation, rail, automotive/truck safety, pipelines, hazardous materials or the like). Further, given his years of service as General Counsel to the Chief Financial Officer of the Government of the District of Columbia, Mr. Malone provides seasoned representation to clients with legislative needs before the D.C. City Council or regulatory/administrative needs before any of the agencies and instrumentalities of the District Government. Jerry was a partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark from 1993-1996 and was then appointed to the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1998-2001. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, theÂ D.C. Bar Association, theÂ National Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Bryant Marshall, ’89, Marshall Owens
Bryant Marshall graduated from Arkansas State University in 1985 with a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in English and received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 1989.Â Mr. Marshall was named the Arkansas Bar Associationâ€™s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 1993 and was contributing editor to the Arkansas Bar Association Debtor-Creditor Handbook, 3rdÂ Ed.Â Mr. Marshall is a principle in the firm of Marshall & Owens, P.A. in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Â He practices debtor-creditor relations and creditor law. He was admitted to the Arkansas Bar and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas in 1990. In 2006, Attorney Marshall was admitted to the Missouri Bar.
Carla Miller, ’12, Carla L. Miller, PLLC
Carla Miller holds aÂ Bachelor of Business Administration degree fromÂ the University of Phoenix. Â She received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.Â CarlaÂ is admitted to practice law in the state of Arkansas, the state of New York, and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Carla began her solo practice in November, 2012, bringing with her 20 years experience as a legal assistant/paralegal.Â Her practice has a dual focus on serving the legal needs of the small business community and individuals.Â Small business owners benefit from her skills in practice areas including civil litigation, real estate, business organization and corporate records management, contracts, and debt collection.Â Individual clients look to Carla for services in practice areas of civil litigation, real estate, probate, estate planning, and family law. Carla is a member of the American Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association; Pulaski County Bar Association; American Association of University Women; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; Volunteer Organization for Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS) and New York State Bar Association.
Lee Muldrow, ’79, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP
Lee Muldrow has been engaged in general litigation and workersâ€™ compensation defense for over thirty years.Â His litigation practice involves a wide variety of insurance defense cases, but also includes copyright, trademark, and trade dress litigation.Â His workersâ€™ compensation practice entails representing employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers. Professional memberships include the American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections); Defense Research Institute; the Arkansas Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Section); Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation; Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel; andÂ International Association of Defense Counsel.
Edward Oglesby, ’89, Kutak Rock, LLP
Mr. Oglesby isÂ a partnerÂ in Kutak Rockâ€™s Little Rock office. He has extensive litigation experience as both a plaintiff and defense counsel in the areas ofÂ product liability, insurance coverage disputes, construction, contract and general litigation matters. He is a member of the Litigation Section and practices primarily in the commercial litigation field. Mr. Oglesby has regulatory experience with the Arkansas State Insurance Commissioner concerning unfair claims practices, agent licensing and regulatory approval of transactions. He also represents various construction contractors in all areas of their business. He represents a multistate proprietary trade school in regard to its insurance coverage, tort and contract claims and student training agreements.
Daniel Osborne, ’11, Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, LLP
Daniel Osborne is a member ofÂ Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings’Â Banking and Financial Services practice group. Danielâ€™s practice focuses primarily on representing clients related to mortgage litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Daniel practiced in the area of Bankruptcy Litigation and has experience in multiple federal jurisdictions, both in Tennessee and Arkansas. Mr. Osborne is a UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board Member and co-chair of the Young Alumni Committee. His is also a member of the American Bar Association.
Leslie Rutledge, ’01, private practice in Arkansas
Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service.Â A former prosecutor, her law practice now focuses on Administrative Law, State and Local Government and Election Law. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she proceeded to the University of Arkansas,Â UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.Â Rutledge is admitted to practice law in Arkansas, Washington D.C., and before the Supreme Court of the United States. Rutledge is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association.
Jacqueline Wright, ’03, Arkansas Public Defender Commission
Jacqueline Wright is a 2003 graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.Â She is currently a staff attorney at the Arkansas Public Defender Commission.Â Jacquelineâ€™s current position as a Capital, Conflicts Attorney affords her the opportunity to defend indigent clients who are charged with capital murder when the State is seeking the death penalty.Â Jacqueline has worked as an adjunct professor teaching Business Law at Philander Smith College as part of the Philander Smith Management Institute since 2004.Â She enjoys volunteering at her former schools and with at-risk youth.Â Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Hendrix College in 2000.