Marilyn Ferguson stated that “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” Rejena Grotjohn, walked into the Bowen School of Law in 2003 as a frightened part-time 1L convinced she was in over her head. A first generation college graduate, her introduction into legal education was initially surprising, challenging and at times terrifying. And yet, there was a comforting message consistently conveyed by the faculty and staff at Bowen. “Yes, this is difficult. Yes, this is different than anything you have ever attempted. And yes, you can succeed.” That message has motivated and inspired Grotjohn to devote her career to helping students achieve their educational goals.
Ms. Grotjohn was a civil litigator before being appointed to the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where she served six years as an assistant professor of criminal justice. She is now the UALR William H. Bowen Director of Bar Success Services and Institute of Law Teaching and Learning Fellow. As the Director of Bar Success services, she leads a variety of bar exam preparation programs including the Bowen MBE Competition, Concurrent Bar Prep Program, BARBRI Essay Advantage and bar prep skills workshop. In addition to bar preparation, Ms. Grotjohn supports the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and the B.E.S.T. Program for 1Ls.
Rejena Grotjohn graduated in 2007 with honors from the William H. Bowen School of Law. While a student at Bowen, Ms. Grotjohn was named National Best Advocate at the 2006 National Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Competition and the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2007 Woman Lawyer of the Year.