Class Notes 1980-1989

Donna Smith Galchus, ’80, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Galchus was also on the top 50 Mid-South Women lawyers list.

James W. Tilley, ’80, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Edwin L. Lowther, Jr., ’81, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Scotty Shivley, ’81, has  been elected to the board of directors of the North Little Rock Arkansas Hospice.

W. Ellis Arnold III, ’82, is now Senior Executive Vice President, Dean of Advancement and General Counsel for Hendrix College.

Frank Poff, ’82, appeared in the Texarkana Community Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker in the role of Herr Drosselmeyer. This was his fifth year performing in the ballet but the first year he grew a beard for the role. Mr. Poff switched careers from litigation to mediation in 2010. He is in the process of expanding his practice to Hot Springs, Little Rock and throughout Arkansas as well as Texarkana.

Kevin A. Crass, ’84, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Timothy W. Grooms, ’84, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Denise Hoggard, ’84, was elected the new AR Bar Association President-Elect Designee.

Lyn P. Pruitt, ’84, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Pruitt was also on the top 50 Mid-South Women lawyers list.

William A. Waddell, Jr., ’84, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Allen Dobson, ’85, has joined Sam Baxter and John Jewell to form Baxter, Jewell & Dobson PA.

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC, has opened a Jonesboro office. Lance Miller, ’85, will manage and oversee operations of the new office and will serve as the liaison between the Jonesboro and Little Rock office. Brad Shumpert, ’12, will staff the Jonesboro office.

Chris Palmer, ’85, has been appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe as Circuit Judge in the Third Division of the Sixth Judicial District.

Bud Roberts, ’85, is now the Director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Wendy Kelley, ’87, has been named the Director of the Arkansas Department of Correction by Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson.

Mariam T. Hopkins, ’88, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Hopkins was also on the top 50 Mid-South Women lawyers list.

Holly Lodge Meyer, ’88, has been appointed to the 16th Judicial District, 2nd Division Circuit Court by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Troy A. Price, ’88, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Brian Ratcliff, ’88, has joined PPGMR as the El Dorado Law office managing member. Brian has also been elected the 2014 AR Bar Association President.

Professor Joseph Custer, ’89, is now the Director of the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library and Associate Professor of Law at Cas School of Law Cas Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Tona DeMers, ’89, is now an attorney at Sutter & Gillham, PLLC.

Stacey Pectol, ’89, is now Clerk of Courts for the Supreme Court of Arkansas.

Don A. Taylor, ’89, was selected in the top 50 Arkansas lawyers in the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers edition of Super Lawyers magazine.