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.
2014-2015 Alumni Board Officers
President – Jason B. Hendren, ’97,Â Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, 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 with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings. 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.
President-Elect – Andy Taylor, ’05, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm
Andy Taylor is a Partner at Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. His practice focuses on Personal Injury Litigation, Appellate Advocacy and Commercial Litigation. 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. 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 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 and the Dean’s Advisory Council.
First Vice President – 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 a the District Representative for Arkansas and Oklahoma to the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Commitee for the Arkansas Bar Associatin.
Secretary – Carla Miller, ’12, Wallace Martin Duke & Russell, 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 entered private 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; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; Volunteer Organization for Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS) and New York State Bar Association.
Treasurer – 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.
Immediate Past President –Â 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.
Board Members include:
Jennifer Bell, ’10, Bell & Company, P.A.
Jennifer Bell officially joined Bell & Company in 2010, upon graduating from law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Recently, she went back to school in order to obtain her L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Jennifer is finding her niche at Bell & Company by assisting in IRS notice correspondence â€“ she is licensed to practice in front of the U.S. Tax Court. She also assists in small business consulting and multistate income taxation preparation. Jennifer is actively involved with two non-profit organizations – Canvas Community and Where the Stars Still Shine, Inc. She recently spear-headed two major fundraisers that raised over $18,000 that was used to build a primary school for children in the remote mountain village of Baie dâ€™ Orange, Sud-Est, Haiti. Jennifer is serving her first term on the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board.
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.
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.
The HonorableÂ Vicki Cook, ’82,Â Retired, Circuit Judge, Division II
The HonorableÂ 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. In June 2014, herÂ court was selected to participate in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Implementation Sites Project. After 22 years of service, the Honorable Vicki Cook retired in 2014.
Tamika S. Edwards, ’11, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, Director of Governmental Affairs
Tamika S. Edwards, a native of Little Rock, AR, serves as the Director of Governmental Affairs for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Prior to joining AACF, Edwards was the Director of Public Policy at Southern Bancorp Community Partners where she led family economic security public policy efforts in Arkansas and Mississippi. Edwards also served in the Office of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln for nearly eleven years, ending her career there as a Community Affairs Specialist. During her time with Senator Lincoln, Edwards worked with municipalities and community organizations to identify resources to further community and economic development efforts and served as the Senatorâ€™s grassroots representative to elected officials, community leaders, and other constituent groups. Edwards earned a Bachelorâ€™s degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a Masterâ€™s degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock(UALR), and a Juris Doctor from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Her community leadership includes the Board of Trustees for Pulaski Technical College, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louisâ€™ Community Development Advisory Council, Arkansas Childrenâ€™s Hospital Board of Directors, UALR Alumni Association Board Member, Friends of Mosaic Templars Board of Directors, and Delta Trust & Bank Womenâ€™s Advisory Council. Edwards is a member of Leadership Greater LittleRock Class XX, Leadership Arkansas Class I, the Junior League of Little Rock and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2010, Edwards was named one of the top 40 Under 40 Business and Community Leaders by Arkansas Business.
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 R. Hayes, ’86, Arkansas Municipal League, Director of Legal Services
Mark HayesÂ isÂ Director of Legal Services atÂ 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 hisÂ second 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 O. Hayes, ’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 L. 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 ColumbiaÂ (2002-2007), Mr. Malone provides seasoned representation to clients with legislative needs before the D.C. City Council or legal andÂ regulatory/administrative needs before any of the agencies and instrumentalities of the District Government. Mr. Malone served as a law clerk at Friday, Eldredge & Clark from 1983-1985, an associate attorney from 1985-1990 and a partner fromÂ 1990-1996. Malone was then appointed to serve as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration during President Bill Clinton’s first term (1996-1997) and as Deputy Chief of Staff andÂ Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1997-2001. 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, R. Bryant Marshall Attorney, PLC
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. 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. 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.
Abtin Mehdizadegan, ’13, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Abtin Mehdizadegan is an associate attorney at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. His practice focuses on employment, civil and business litigation. He graduated from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 2013. During law school, Abtin served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and also competed in the National Trial Competition as a member of the school’s Trial Team. Prior to law school, Abtin attended the University of Maine in Orono, ME, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and successfully defended his Honor’s thesis. During this time, he served as the VP of Student Entertainment where he worked with national talent agencies in organizing events in Maine’s flagship campus. His professional activities include: Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, appointed 2013-2016, Pulaski County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association and a first term member of the UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board. His community activities include: Arkansas Repertory Theatre board member, North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, VOCALS and AR Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future.
Rosalyn Middleton, ’10, Middleton Law, LLC
Rosalyn Middleton holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a J.D. from the William H. Bowen School of Law. In addition to being licensed to practice in Arkansas and Tennessee, she is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. While attending Bowen, she was member of the Law Review. After graduating, she worked as a law clerk for the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She currently works in private practice and as an adjunct professor. Ms. Middleton serves as the President of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers. She is also a member of the W. Harold Flowers Law Society, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Junior League of Little Rock and the Beta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Middleton is serving her first team on the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board.
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.
Daniel Osborne, ’11, Fidelity National Title Group, Assistant Vice President & Claims Counsel
Daniel Osborne isÂ Assistant Vice President, Claims Counsel at Fidelity National Title Group in Jacksonville, FL. Daniel previously was a member of Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings’ Banking and Financial Services practice group.Â Daniel’s practice focused primarily on representing clients related to mortgage litigation matters. Daniel has extensive practice in multiple federal and state courts. Mr. Osborne is a UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Board Member and co-chair of the Young Alumni Committee. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association and American Bar Association.