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
Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, Counsel

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Randi joined the  Dickstein Shapiro law firm in Washington, D.C., in 2001.  She serves as Counsel in the Public Policy and Law Practice area, with additional practice in global security, government law and strategy. Randi received her undergraduate degree from Gordon University and her law degree from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 2000.


Phyllis M. Jones, 1997
Lax, Vaughan, Fortson, Jones & Rowe, P.A.

Phyllis Jones practices in the areas of commercial litigation, including bankruptcy and debtor/creditor areas, and the commercial lending area with the Little Rock law firm of Lax, Vaughn, Jones & Rowe, P.A.    She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She also earned her Certified Public Accounting certificate in 1992. Phyllis graduated from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 1997 with high honors.  Phyllis also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Bowen School of Law teaching Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy.

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.

Samuel A. Perroni, 1974
Perroni Law Firm

web_PerroniSamuel A. Perroni is a former Arkansas criminal defense attorney and federal prosecutor. After 25 years, Sam retired from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law as an adjunct professor of white collar crime. He is currently Of Counsel with the Perroni Law Firm. He has published several works for various law journals and books throughout his career. Sam has also had a lifelong interest in President Abraham Lincoln’s legal career, which inspired him to publish the novel, Kind Eyes, in 2009.


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

web_taylorAndy Taylor is a Partner at Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A.  His practice focuses on Personal Injury Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Real Estate Litigation, Business Litigation, Collections Litigation, and Contract Disputes. Andy graduated summa cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and with minors in Mathematics and Mass Communications. In 2005, Andy graduated first in his class from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law with high honors.  While there, he was a member of the Moot Court Board, the UALR Law Review, and the Honor Council.  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 his wife Tasha.

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 the current 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.