Dean’s Advisory Council

The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law has attained a high level of excellence, with successful graduates and a broad base of support throughout the legal and business community.  The Law School aims to enhance these relationships with the creation of a Dean’s Advisory Council.  Council members assist the Law School in five areas: Recruitment, Placement, Legislative Initiatives, Curriculum and Fundraising.

If you’re interested in possibly serving on this Advisory Council or would like to nominate someone to serve, contact the Assistant Dean of External Relations Wanda Hoover.


Richard Bell, 1981, Bell & Company, P.A.

web_bellAfter working five years for other accounting firms and serving as controller for a property management company, Richard developed a passion for helping others achieve their financial goals and decided to establish Bell & Company in 1982, with his wife, Lee. By doing so, Richard knew he could provide professional accounting and financial services that were delivered with competency, proficiency, timeliness, and reasonable fees.  The firm will celebrate its 30th year in business this year. Richard’s areas of concentration are small business consulting and tax. He has extensive experience in the transportation industry, having written numerous articles for industry trade publications. He also has taught courses and given presentations to professionals in other major industries.

Byron M. Eiseman, Jr., Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

Byron M. Eiseman, Jr., concentrates his practice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and on estate planning, probate, and estate administration and taxation. Byron received both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee.  He received his LLM in taxation from New York University.  Byron currently serves as an adjunct professor of Estate & Gift Taxation at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

Timothy W. Grooms, 1984, Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow, P.L.L.C., Managing Member

web_groomMr. Grooms is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC. He represents banks, health care managers, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and other clients in a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Grooms has substantial experience in real estate and general commercial lending transactions and has been frequently involved in matters of eminent domain. He has negotiated hundreds of retail, office and commercial space leases on behalf of major national retailers and numerous developers, landlords and tenants throughout Arkansas and the Mid-South. As counsel to lenders and developers, Mr. Grooms has experience with Low Income Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit, and Historic Tax Credit Transactions.

Judge Rita W. Gruber, 1979, Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals

web_gruberJudge Rita W. Gruber was elected to the Arkansas Court of Appeals on May 20, 2008. Judge Gruber received both her undergraduate degree and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas- Little Rock. She completed eighteen years as a Circuit Judge for Arkansas’ Sixth Judicial District. Judge Gruber has worked closely with the Bowen School of Law developing mediation programming, particularly for juvenile cases.


J. Marc Hesse, 1983, Hesse & Hesse, LLP

web_hesseJ. Marc Hesse is a member of Hesse & Hesse, LLP in Frisco, Texas. His areas of practice include real estate law, business and corporate law. Marc received his undergraduate degree from Henderson State University and his law degree from UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 1983. Marc is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Arkansas.



Randi F. Hutchinson, 2000, Greenberg Traurig, Of Counsel

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Randi is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig law firm in Washington, D.C. Randi focuses her practice on government law and policy matters. Randi received her undergraduate degree from Gordon University and her law degree from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 2000.


Courtney Little, 2004, ACE Glass Construction Corporation, President and General Counsel

web_CourtneyCourtney graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a focus on Finance. He was the liaison between inside sales and architectural sales for U.S. Aluminum before returning to ACE in 1997. Courtney opened the Northwest Arkansas branch for ACE in 1998 before attending the William H. Bowen School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor with Honors in 2004. He closed his private practice in 2008 when he purchased ACE and was named President and General Counsel.


Edwin L. Lowther, 1981, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP, Managing Partner

web_LowtherEd Lowther has a trial-oriented practice and focuses his attention on class action and multidistrict litigation, commercial litigation, legal and medical malpractice defense, and products liability.  He has served as lead trial counsel, in both state and federal courts, representing individuals and companies alike.  Ed is the Managing Partner of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP.  He began his professional legal career as an associate with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in 1981, and has remained with the firm throughout his legal career.  He has developed a reputation as an exceptional and respected litigator.

The Honorable Dustin McDaniel, ’98, McDaniel, Richardson, & Calhoun PLLC

dustin mcdanielUpon graduating law school, Dustin McDaniel joined his family’s law practice, McDaniel and Wells, in Jonesboro. Then, in 2004, he was elected to the House of Representatives, which led to his election as the 55th Attorney General of Arkansas in 2006. During his two terms as AG, he served as co-chairman of the Tobacco Committee and the Democratic Association of Attorneys General. McDaniel was also the first Arkansas Attorney General to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in nearly 16 years, successfully arguing the State’s position in Blueford v. Arkansas. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law


John S. Selig, Mitchell,  Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.,  Of Counsel

John Selig is Of Counsel with the law firm of Mitchell Williams.  John’s practice includes representing and advising clients on mergers, acquisitions, financing and other forms of business transactions. He attended Tulane University and New York University School of Law, and received his LL.B., from the University of Arkansas.



Luther O’Neal Sutter, 1995, Harrill & Sutter, P.L.L.C., Founding Partner

Luther O’Neal Sutter is a founding partner of the law firm of Harrill & Sutter, P.L.L.C., located in Benton, Arkansas. Luther’s practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in discrimination and employment related cases. Luther earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1992 and his Juris Doctor from UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 1995.

Andrew M. Taylor, 2005, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. , Partner


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.

Danyelle Walker, 1995, Law Office of Danyelle Walker, P.L.L.C.

web_walkerDanyelle Walker, of The Law Office of Danyelle Walker, PLLC, has practiced exclusively in consumer bankruptcy area for approximately 17 years.  Prior to entering into private practice, she was a law clerk for former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Andree Layton Roaf.  She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association where she serves on the Bar Associations’ Board of Governors.  Ms. Walker was appointed to serve as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court by Governor Mike Beebe.  She currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Professional Conduct Committee, is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.  Ms. Walker is 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 a past president of the Bowen School of Law Alumni Association.  She was the 2008 Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership Attorney of the Year and was awarded the Arkansas Bar Association’s Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award that same year.  More recently, she was voted VOCALS 2012 Attorney of the Year.  She has done numerous continuing legal education seminars for both the Arkansas Bar Association and the Debtor/Creditor Bar.  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.