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. He handles a general felony caseload for the office. Brian is a native of Memphis, TN and completed his undergraduate studies at Rhodes College. 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. Brian is a former District Representative for Arkansas and Oklahoma to the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates and is Chair of the Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee.
President Elect – Cory Childs, ’08, Wal-Mart
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.
First Vice President – Mark R. Hayes, ’86, Arkansas Municipal League
Mark Hayes is Director of Legal Services at 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 bachelor’s degree in Personnel Management from Arkansas State University and his Juris Doctor from the Bowen School of Law, where is currently serving his 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 Attorney’s Association. Mr. Hayes was named Outstanding League Counsel by the International Municipal Lawyer’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.
Treasurer – Rosalyn Middleton, ’10, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office
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.
Secretary – The Honorable Vicki Cook, ’82, Retired, Circuit Judge, Division II
The Honorable Cook began her judicial career in 1993 when she was appointed by the the governor to take Judge Robbins place as Chancery Judge when he was elected to serve on the Arkansas Court of Appeals court. In 1995, 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. She was honored in 2000 as the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Juvenile Judge of the Year and the CASA Juvenile Judge of the Year. In June 2014, her 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.
Past President – 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.
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 – 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 d’ Orange, Sud-Est, Haiti. Jennifer is serving her first term on the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board.
Kenya Gordon Davenport, ’11, Davenport Law, PLLC
Kenya Gordon Davenport, Esq. is the principal attorney at Davenport Law, PLLC. She formally served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Wendell L. Griffen in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County. She was an associate with Carney, Bates & Pulliam, where she litigated consumer protection class action cases. Before joining the legal profession, Kenya was a financial advisor for Edward D. Jones & Co., and she has had an extensive career in education as an algebra teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, and her Master’s Degree from Christian Brother University in Memphis, Tennessee. She is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Tennessee, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, where she serves in the House of Delegates, and a member of the W. Harold Flowers Law Society, where she serves as the student liaison. She is the proud wife of Kenneth L. Davenport, and is happy to call herself the an Arkansan and Bowen Alumna.
Matthew B. Finch, ’00, Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.
Mr. Finch is president, shareholder and director with Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. He was educated at Westminster College and University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. Mr. Finch joined the Arkansas Bar in 2001. His practice focuses on general commercial litigation with experience in collections actions, commercial foreclosures, title claim defense litigation, construction litigation, creditor’s rights litigation and personal and corporate contract disputes and litigation. Mr. Finch has been recognized as a “Mid-South Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, as one of Arkansas “Best Lawyers” and as a “40 Under 40” honoree by a statewide publishing group and is a frequent speaker on collections, construction law and banking and foreclosure topics. He is a member of both the Arkansas Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Association.
Bill James, ’94, The James Law Firm
Bill James is criminal defense attorney in Little Rock, AR. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme. Court. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association Board of Governors, the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association of Justice. In recognition of his criminal defense and white collar crime work, Mr. James has been listed for four consecutive years as a Mid-South Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. James received his B.S.B.A. in Finance/Banking from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his J.D. from the UALR 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 Columbia (2002-2007), Mr. Malone provides seasoned representation to clients with legislative needs before the D.C. City Council or legal and 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 from 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 and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1997-2001. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Association, the 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 Bachelor’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 Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 1993 and was contributing editor to the Arkansas Bar Association Debtor-Creditor Handbook, 3rd 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.
Melanie H. Martin, ’92, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Pulaski & Perry Counties
Melanie Martin is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas, serving Pulaski and Perry Counties. She received her BSBA undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. She became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney shortly after her 1992 admittance to the Arkansas Bar and has been a career prosecutor since that time. Ms. Martin has extensive bench and jury trial experience in drug, domestic violence/sexual assault, gangs, major crimes, general, juvenile, and homicide cases. She served as a Division Chief in the District Courts/Complaints Division, the Drug Division, and Fourth Division Circuit Court, before assuming her Senior Deputy position in 2005. She currently carries a caseload of homicides and other violent crimes while serving in her Senior Deputy capacity, providing and assisting with staff oversight and policymaking decisions and with the development and implementation of departmental policy and procedures. She also oversees the office’s training programs. She has served on numerous committees seeking violence reduction and juvenile diversion alternatives in the community. Ms. Martin lectures frequently on the local, statewide, and national levels. She serves as Faculty for the National District Attorneys Association and has served as an NDAA Peer Reviewer for the United States Department Of Justice. She is an Adjunct Professor at Bowen School of Law, teaching Lawyering Skills and Trial Advocacy. She is a member of The Judge William R. Overton Inn of Court, the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the National District Attorneys Association. Ms. Martin is currently serving as President of the Pulaski County Bar Foundation, and has previously served as President of the Pulaski County Bar Association. She has served on the Board of Directors of both organizations. A member of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Little Rock, she has also served on Youth Home’s Eggshibition Committee. Her husband, David, is also a ’92 Bowen School of Law Alumnus.
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.
Carla Miller, ’12, The Miller Firm
Carla Miller holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. She received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Carla 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. Her practice has a dual focus on serving the legal needs of the small business community and individuals. 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. 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.
Dr. Casey Carder Rockwell, ’06, College of the Ouachitas
Dr. Casey Carder Rockwell is the Dean of Learning at the College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, Arkansas. Previously, Dr. Rockwell has served as the Deputy Director/Supervising Attorney of Arkansas Tobacco Control. She has also served as a student affairs administrator at Pulaski Technical College. Dr. Rockwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education Policy from Hendrix College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Doctorate of Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master of Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She lives in Little Rock with her husband Eric.
Bianca Rucker, ’06, Rucker Law PLLC
Bianca Rucker is a bankruptcy trustee for the Western District of Arkansas and bankruptcy attorney at Rucker Law PLLC in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to starting her law practice, Rucker was a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP in Rogers, Arkansas. Rucker previously served as a staff attorney to the Honorable Ben T. Barry and to the Honorable Richard D. Taylor, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Rucker obtained her law degree from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, where she was a member of the law review editorial board. Rucker is as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she was president of the Northwest Arkansas Debtor-Creditor Bar Association from 2013-2015.
Bob Sexton, ’96, Rainwater Holt & Sexton
Bob Sexton is a partner with Rainwater Holt & Sexton, specializing in personal injury law. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and the U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit. He is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Sexton has been recognized for his personal injury work by Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo. He received his B.S. in business and political science from Ouachita Baptist University and his J.D. from the UALR Bowen School of Law.
TK Smith, ’05, Barret & Farahany, LLP
TK Smith is Of Counsel at Barrett & Farahany, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. TK Smith graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a B.S. Degree and received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2005. TK Smith is a trial attorney with an emphasis in Labor & Employment. TK practices throughout the country and has successfully tried jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Additionally, TK provides consultation and assistance to small businesses, management employees, and entrepreneurs. TK also serves on the Board of Directors for the Labor and Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Arkansas, and Missouri. TK is married to Dr. Shayna Roaf Smith and they have two children.
Jonathan Warren, ’05, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton