Dean’s Advisory Council

The UALR William H. Bowen School of Law has attained a high level of excellence, with successful graduates and a broad base of support throughout the legal and business community.  The Law School aims to enhance these relationships with the creation of a Dean’s Advisory Council.  Council members assist the Law School in five areas: Recruitment, Placement, Legislative Initiatives, Curriculum and Fundraising.

If you’re interested in possibly serving on this Advisory Council or would like to nominate someone to serve, contact the Assistant Dean of External Relations Wanda Hoover.

Members

Richard Bell, 1981
Bell & Company, P.A.

web_bellAfter working five years for other accounting firms and serving as controller for a property management company, Richard developed a passion for helping others achieve their financial goals and decided to establish Bell & Company in 1982, with his wife, Lee. By doing so, Richard knew he could provide professional accounting and financial services that were delivered with competency, proficiency, timeliness, and reasonable fees.  Richard’s areas of concentration are small business consulting and tax. He has extensive experience in the transportation industry, having written numerous articles for industry trade publications. He also has taught courses and given presentations to professionals in other major industries.


Griffin W. Collie, 1992
The Collie Law Firm

Mr. Collie began his professional career in the banking industry while attending law school. He founded The Collie Law Firm after receiving his Juris Doctorate from UA Little Rock in 1992. Since that time, he has been practicing in Dallas, Texas, servicing clients from all over Texas.

 

 


Byron M. Eiseman, Jr.

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

Byron M. Eiseman, Jr., concentrates his practice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and on estate planning, probate, and estate administration and taxation. Byron received both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee.  He received his LLM in taxation from New York University.  Byron currently serves as an adjunct professor of Estate & Gift Taxation at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

 

Timothy W. Grooms, 1984
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, P.L.L.C., Managing Member

Mr. Grooms is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC. He represents banks, health care managers, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and other clients in a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Grooms has substantial experience in real estate and general commercial lending transactions and has been frequently involved in matters of eminent domain. He has negotiated hundreds of retail, office and commercial space leases on behalf of major national retailers and numerous developers, landlords and tenants throughout Arkansas and the Mid-South. As counsel to lenders and developers, Mr. Grooms has experience with Low Income Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit, and Historic Tax Credit Transactions.

Judge Rita W. Gruber, 1979
Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals

web_gruberJudge Rita W. Gruber was elected to the Arkansas Court of Appeals on May 20, 2008. Judge Gruber received both her undergraduate degree and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She completed eighteen years as a Circuit Judge for Arkansas’ Sixth Judicial District. Judge Gruber has worked closely with the Bowen School of Law developing mediation programming, particularly for juvenile cases.

 

 

Jason Hendren, 1997
Wright, Lindsey, Jennings, Partner

Jason Hendren is a Partner with Wright, Lindsey, Jennings. He represents a wide variety of medical professionals, hospital companies, and facilities throughout Arkansas. Mr. Hendren received his Juris Doctorate from UA Little Rock in 1997.

 

 

Randi F. Hutchinson, 2000
Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, Counsel

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Randi joined the  Dickstein Shapiro law firm in Washington, D.C., in 2001.  She serves as Counsel in the Public Policy and Law Practice area, with additional practice in global security, government law and strategy. Randi received her undergraduate degree from Gordon University and her law degree from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in 2000.

 

Larry Jegley, 1978
Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas

Mr. Jegley is the Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas and has served in that capacity since 1996. He is a sum laude graduate of UA Little Rock where he was a member of the Law Journal and Law Review. Prior to serving as the Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Jegley served as the Chief Staff Attorney for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, legal advisor to the North Little Rock Police Department, staff attorney for the Arkansas Public Service Commission, and instructor of law and legal clinic supervisor for UA Little Rock.

 


Edwin L. Lowther, 1981

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP, Managing Partner

web_LowtherEd Lowther has a trial-oriented practice and focuses his attention on class action and multidistrict litigation, commercial litigation, legal and medical malpractice defense, and products liability.  He has served as lead trial counsel, in both state and federal courts, representing individuals and companies alike.  Ed is the Managing Partner of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP.  He began his professional legal career as an associate with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in 1981, and has remained with the firm throughout his legal career.  He has developed a reputation as an exceptional and respected litigator.


The Honorable Dustin McDaniel, 1998

McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC, Partner

Dustin McDaniel is a partner in the Little Rock law firm of McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC. McDaniel’s practice focuses on administrative law, regulatory affairs, government relations, business litigation, and criminal law. McDaniel represents individuals and businesses ranging from healthcare to technology, as well as regulated industries such as tobacco and medical cannabis. McDaniel served from 2007-2015 as Arkansas’s 55th Attorney General. From 2005-2007, McDaniel served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, serving on the House Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee and as Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Health Insurance and Prescription Drugs.


Samuel Reeves, 1989
Walmart International, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Samuel Reeves currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Walmart International. Sam has been a member of Walmart’s in-house legal team since 2002, when he joined the company as a Senior Division Counsel in the Tort section of the Legal Department’s Litigation Division. Most recently, Sam held the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel supporting Walmart US Stores division. In his previous roles, Sam was Vice-President, General Counsel- Employment Practices, and Vice-President, General Counsel- Corporate Affairs and Government Relations.Prior to joining Walmart, Sam clerked for Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Tom Glaze and then practiced law in Bentonville, Arkansas for eleven years. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law.

Andrew M. Taylor, 2005
Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. , Partner

web_taylorAndy Taylor is a Partner at Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A.  His practice focuses on Personal Injury Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Real Estate Litigation, Business Litigation, Collections Litigation, and Contract Disputes. Andy graduated summa cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and with minors in Mathematics and Mass Communications. In 2005, Andy graduated first in his class from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law with high honors.  While there, he was a member of the Moot Court Board, the UALR Law Review, and the Honor Council.  After graduation, Andy practiced as Real Estate Counsel for Dillard’s, Inc., and then returned to the law school to serve as the Assistant Dean for Academic Support.  In 2009, Andy entered into private practice and then co-founded Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. in 2010 with his wife Tasha.

Danyelle Walker, 1995
Law Office of Danyelle Walker, P.L.L.C.

web_walkerDanyelle Walker, of The Law Office of Danyelle Walker, PLLC, has practiced exclusively in consumer bankruptcy area for approximately 17 years.  Prior to entering into private practice, she was a law clerk for former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Andree Layton Roaf.  She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association where she serves on the Bar Associations’ Board of Governors.  Ms. Walker was appointed to serve as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court by Governor Mike Beebe.  She currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Professional Conduct Committee, is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.  Ms. Walker is on the UALR Board of Visitors, VOCALS Board of Directors, Our House Board, the Access to Justice Foundation Board of Directors, an appointee to the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and she is the current president of the Bowen School of Law Alumni Association.  She was the 2008 Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership Attorney of the Year and was awarded the Arkansas Bar Association’s Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award that same year.  More recently, she was voted VOCALS 2012 Attorney of the Year.  She has done numerous continuing legal education seminars for both the Arkansas Bar Association and the Debtor/Creditor Bar.  Ms. Walker received a B.S. degree in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1992 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 1995.