Assistant Dean for Career Services
BA, 1977, Philander Smith College; MA, 1979, Washington University
Dianna L. Kinsey has experienced an extensive career in higher education student services in both undergraduate and legal educational institutions. She joined Bowen School of Law in 1995 as the then-assistant dean for student services with responsibilities for several areas including career services, student recruitment, the academic support program, student organizations, scholarships/financial aid and graduation. In September 2007, Kinsey was appointed as the Assistant Dean for Career Services, solely. She now focuses on developing programs, relationships, activities and resources to assist Bowen students in exploring the profession and seeking career opportunities. Under her direction, annual programming includes educational workshops and programs, career fairs, webinars, panel discussions and one-on-one counseling and job search assistance for students and alumni.
Career Services has hosted such renown authors and experts as Kimm Alayne Walton (Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams) and Jay Foonberg (How to Start and Build a Law Practice), along with Mark Dighton of the Practising Law Institute (for patent law) and many highly successful members of the local bench and bar. In July 2008, with the advent of Symplicity, Career Services began developing an online presence for on-campus interviews, job postings and general information management allowing for the beginning of a more efficient means to serve the Bowen community.
Kinsey is a member of NALP – the Association for Legal Career Professionals and an associate member of the American Bar Association and the W. Harold Flowers Law Society. She provides leadership for one of the largest job fairs in the nation, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair, and has served as consultant for job fairs presented by the Arkansas Bar Association. Kinsey works closely with local bar associations including the Arkansas Trial Lawyers and the Pulaski County Bar Associations.