Altheimer Distinguished Professor of Law
BA, 1973, JD, 1988, UALR
The novelist E.L. Doctorow once said, “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” It is much the same for legal writers, whether we are novices or judges. The process of writing a legal analysis forces us to confront and revise our thoughts and theories until we can clearly communicate them to others. Professor Coleen Barger teaches RWA, the first-year course in legal writing, as well as upper-level courses such as Advanced Legal Writing and Advanced Legal Research. As faculty advisor to the Bowen Moot Court Board, she not only assists that organization with its activities, but she also coaches teams who represent the law school in national appellate competitions.
In her role as Developments Editor of UALR’s Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Professor Barger contributes to current scholarship on issues facing federal and state appellate courts. She is co-author of the ALWD Companion: A Citation Practice Book (Aspen Publishers 2010) and author of Arkansas Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2007). She is one of the contributing authors to the Arkansas Bar Association’s Handling Appeals in Arkansas handbook. She has recently been chosen to author the fifth edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, which will be published in print and online editions.
Professor Barger is a member of the Legal Writing eJournal Advisory Board for the SSRN Legal Scholarship network and she is one of the co-editors of the Legal Writing Prof Blog, part of the Law Professor Blogs Network. She has served the national legal writing community as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.
Professor Barger has won Bowen’s Faculty Excellence Award in Service and has twice won the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching at the law school. She is also a two-time winner of the Arkansas Bar Foundation Writing Excellence Award for her articles in Arkansas Lawyer.