Ranko Shiraki Oliver

Professor of Law
BA, 1983, JD, 1987, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Professor Oliver’s international background enriches her teaching. Her father was Japanese, her mother was Spanish, and Professor Oliver was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States in 1974 and began teaching at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 1987. Because she is fluent in Spanish, she has served as courtroom interpreter in state and federal courts, and was appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to serve on the committee on the certification of foreign-language interpreters in the State of Arkansas. She was the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching for the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 1993 and 2006, and in 1993 she was also selected, by a group of national judges, to be the recipient of the University-wide Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. While in law school, she was Research Editor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal. The Arkansas Bar Association has awarded her the Golden Gavel Award for her work as Chair of the Committee on Individuals with Disabilities, and The Arkansas Bar Foundation has awarded her the Writing Excellence Award for an article on disability law issues in colleges and universities. She has conducted continuing legal education courses for attorneys and has given numerous presentations in the areas of disability law, immigration law, and legal writing. She is the author of a comprehensive analysis, published in the Harvard Latino Law Review in 2007, of the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994, its socio- economic and political effect on Mexico, and its effect on Mexican immigration to the United States since the mid-1990s. She taught Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy I and II for twenty- three years and she currently teaches Immigration Law, Disability Law, Administrative Law, and Legal Profession. Professor Oliver has chaired the university-wide Chancellor’s Committee on the Americans with Disabilities Act since 2007,and has been a member of the Arkansas State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2008. In 2009, the Hispanic Law Students Association at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law selected Professor Oliver as the recipient of the 2009 “Excellence in Service Faculty Award.” In 2010, Professor Oliver was the recipient of the Bowen School of Law’s Faculty Excellence Award in Public Service.

Phone: 501.324.9944