Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law
AB, 1973, MS, 1975, University of Illinois; JD, 1982, Southern Illinois University
Professor Foster currently teaches Property I and II, Decedentsâ€™ Estates and Trusts, and Land Use.Â She joined the faculty in 1986 as the director of the law library, and was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1997 and Associate Dean for External Relations in 2000. Since 2002, she has been a full-time teacher.Â She is the current Arkansas Barbri lecturer on Real Property law.
Professor Foster has published extensively, including co-authoring the award-winning first edition of Subject Compilations of State Laws, four editions of Legal Research Exercises, the Revocable Trust Handbook for Arkansas Practitioners, and, most recently, Arkansas Probate and Estate Administration. Her recent articles have covered Arkansasâ€™s adoption of the Uniform Trust Code and the Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities, uniform laws and the legislative process in Arkansas, adverse possession and deed covenants of title. Currently she is co-authoring a book on Arkansas real estate law.Â She also serves as editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Bar Association Real Estate Law Sectionâ€™s online Arkansas Real Estate Review, and the Probate and Trust Law Sectionâ€™s online Arkansas Probate and Trust Law Review, two publications that involve collaboration among practitioners, faculty members and law students.
Professor Foster is active in service. While the Law Library Director, she chaired a national task force on citation reform composed of law librarians and legal publishers that provided the impetus for the creation of medium-neutral citation forms.Â She was also the first chair of the Information Network of Arkansas Commission.Â In conjunction with one of her research areas, legal history, she maintains a website containing territorial Arkansas court records that is viewed annually by more than 13,000 visitors. In 2009 she received the law school Faculty Excellence in Service award and was the first faculty recipient of the newly established Law School Award for Outstanding Public Service. Currently, she serves on the Arkansas Commission on Uniform State Laws and represents Arkansas at the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Â She also serves as Vice Chair of the Arkansas Commission to Study Landlord-Tenant Law.Â She is a frequent CLE speaker who presents regularly at the Arkansas Bar Associationâ€™s annual â€śBest of CLEâ€ť program, and who received the Associationâ€™sÂ CLE Award in 2010.