The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law has appointed three full-time faculty members to named professorships.
The overall criteria for these awards, as adopted by the Bowen faculty, includes any donor criteria and furthering the mission of the law school, providing recognition for meritorious work, and stimulating continued and improved productivity by the faculty.
“This was a difficult but rewarding decision-making process. The faculty who applied for these professorships had a variety of strengths. I was pleased to see such impressive work by Bowen faculty members,” said Theresa Beiner, dean of the law school.
Nicholas Kahn-Fogel, Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law
Professor Nicholas Kahn-Fogel writes extensively in the area of criminal procedure, making him well-suited for this constitutional law and public policy-focused professorship. He is a consistent presenter nationally on his research. A dedicated teacher, Kahn-Fogel has adopted an additional assessment in his Torts class, which provides first-year law students with feedback prior to their final exams.
Kahn-Fogel is the faculty advisor to the Journal of Social Change and Public Service, a student-edited journal at the Bowen, and serves on the Board of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, where he is currently acting as the chairperson of its board. He also was a founding board member of an NGO in Zambia focused on juvenile justice reform and has presented on legal issues in Zambia.
This professorship was created by William H. Bowen, the law school’s namesake, and held by Dean Emeritus John DiPippa until his retirement.
andré douglas pond cummings, Charles Baum Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor andré douglas pond cummings has made a meaningful impact at Bowen in his first few years on the faculty. Professor cummings has written numerous articles, book chapters, and has co-authored a textbook on corporate justice. He has spoken about his work both in and outside of Arkansas. An innovative teacher, cummings uses formative and summative assessments in his classes, including experiential drafting. Students draft contract terms in cummings’ Contracts classes and corporate documents in his Business Associations class, which provides his students with practical drafting opportunities.
cummings’s service activities include working with decArcerate, the Arkansas Cinema Society, and Abolish Private Prisons. He is the co-director of Bowen’s new Board of Trustees approved Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform, a center that will focus on improving the justice system here in Arkansas. His record in all three areas of faculty endeavors make him an excellent choice for this professorship.
This professorship was vacated by Professor Emerita Lyn Entrikin upon her retirement.
Lindsey Gustafson, Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law
Associate Dean Lindsey Gustafson will retain the Arkansas Bar Foundation Professorship. Along with excellence in the three areas of faculty duties, this professorship recognizes a professor whose work has some Arkansas focus. Gustafson has written numerous articles, a book chapter, and is a co-author of a book in progress. She has addressed Arkansas legal issues in her work. Gustafson has presented on her scholarship nationally and in Arkansas. As a teacher, Gustafson has adopted team-based learning in her classes. A very time-consuming form of teaching, her use of team-based learning furthers the mission of the law school by providing students with the opportunity to learn teamwork, which is one of the law school’s learning outcomes.
Gustafson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, a peer-edited legal journal. She is a co-editor of the Law Teacher and has acted as a faculty editor of the Real Property Review. Her reputation nationally in the legal writing community has led to her being invited to join the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference Planning Committee and to participate in the Legal Writing Institute’s Leadership Academy.
Gustafson follows in the footsteps of Professor Emerita Lynn Foster, who previously held this professorship.