Faculty Colloquium Speaker Series

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is proud to host a faculty colloquium speaker series that brings national scholars to the law school community monthly to discuss their cutting edge research and latest publications that are impacting the law both nationally and internationally. Bowen Law faculty will read and comment on works-in-progress that are presented and different constituencies of the law school community are invited to participate including student groups, alumni organizations, practitioners and judges.

Fall 2021 speakers

CHERYL WADE – September 27, 2021

Photo of Professor Cheryl WadeCheryl L. Wade is the “Dean Harold F. McNiece” Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. She teaches Issues of Race, Gender and Law, Business Organizations, Corporate Governance and Accountability, and Race and Business.  Her book, “Predatory Lending and The Destruction of the African American Dream” was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2020 and was coauthored with Dr. Janis Sarra, Professor of Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Professor Wade is a member of the American Law Institute, a national organization of prominent judges, lawyers and academics who work to clarify, modernize and reform the law.

Professor Wade has written book chapters and law review articles on securities, education law and the intersection of race and business.  She has been invited to present at and write for many symposia including articles published by Boston University Law ReviewTulane Law ReviewThe Maryland Law ReviewThe Washington & Lee Law Review, and The Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. Professor Wade has been invited to present at many university conferences and workshops on issues of corporate and civil rights law. Professor Wade has appeared on radio and cable television programs discussing issues relating to corporate and civil rights.

Professor Wade organized a symposium, “People of Color, Women and the Public Corporation: Conference on Racial and Gender Equity in the Business Setting”, sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law.  This symposium brought together leading scholars in the areas of corporate governance, critical race theory, employment discrimination and feminist legal theory. Professor Wade has received two teaching awards from St. John’s University School of Law’s Deans.  Prior to joining the faculty at St. John’s Law School, Professor Wade served on the faculty at Hofstra Law School. Before joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Wade was an associate in the corporate department of the New York City law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

YVONNE (“YVETTE”) LINDGREN – October 25, 2021

Photo of Professor Yvonn LindgrenYvonne (“Yvette”) Lindgren joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2020. She teaches courses in the family law program, including Family Law, Children and the Law, Law, Medicine & Bioethics, and Adoption & Assisted Reproduction. Her research and scholarship focus on reproductive rights and justice, constitutional law, family law, and health law policy. Her work has appeared in Cornell Law Review, Utah Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Constitutional Commentary., Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & Law, Hofstra Law Review, The Women’s Rights Law Reporter, and Domestic Violence Reporter. Recently she co-authored an amicus brief in the Supreme Court June Medical Services v. Gee case and contributed a commentary for the series, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tort Opinions.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Lindgren was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco Law School. Professor Lindgren served as a two-year post-doctoral fellow at the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at U.C. Berkeley Law. She was executive editor of the first-edition casebook, Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice, co-authored by Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker, published in spring 2015. A California native, Professor Lindgren earned her LL.M. and J.S.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A. from U.C.L.A.

Kevin (“K.J.”) Greene – November 12, 2021

Kevin J. Greene joined Southwestern’s faculty in 2020. Professor Greene is a nationally recognized entertainment and intellectual property law scholar and an expert witness consultant for copyright, trademark, publicity rights, and entertainment contract disputes. Before becoming a law professor, Professor Greene practiced law in New York at the premier law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented high-profile companies such as Time Warner and HBO in litigation matters. He later joined New York’s top entertainment law boutique firm, where he represented clients such as film production companies, including Director Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule film company, iconic music artists including Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby Brown, and the seminal rap group Public Enemy. Professor Greene was the first law professor voted a Top Ten attorney by the San Diego Bar in the field of IP in 2005.

Professor Greene’s scholarship has garnered national and international recognition in the area of intellectual property (“IP”) law, particularly his pioneering work on African-American music and inequality in copyright law. Greene’s copyright scholarship is cited in numerous legal publications and has been cited in Congressional hearings. His current project explores intellectual property in the context of hip-hop music.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Greene serves as an expert witness consultant in Contracts and IP cases, including for funk music legend George Clinton in a copyright case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2016, the Intellectual Property Institute of the State Bar of California selected Professor Greene as its Vanguard Award winner, the highest award given by the Bar, in the category of Academics. Also in 2016, the government of Taiwan hosted Professor Greene to present a seminar on copyright issues in the context of hip-hop music. In 2018, the American Bar Foundation selected Greene as a fellow. In 2020, Professor Greene was selected by the National Bar Association as a “top 100” attorney in California. Also in 2020, Professor Greene was named an Honorary Advisor/Law Scholar at USIA United Sigma Intelligence Association, an international think tank.

Spring 2022 speakers

Richard Sander – January 24, 2022

Photo of Professor Richard SanderRichard Sander is a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Richard Sander has been working on questions of social and economic inequality for nearly all of his career. Sander was born in Washington, D.C.. He studied at Harvard, earning a B.A. in social studies. In 1978, he joined the federal Vista program and worked for a small neighborhood housing group on Chicago’s south side. Sander attended graduate school at Northwestern University, earning degrees in law and economics. Sander joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law in 1989. From 1984 to 1996, Sander served as the president of the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, and formed the Fair Housing Institute in 1996.

In 2004, Sander published a study on affirmative action. According to Slate, the study argued that “race-based preferences in law-school admissions reduce the number of black law students who pass the bar and become lawyers,” and that affirmative action policies do “more-harm-than-good.”

Jamillah Williams – February 28, 2022

Photo of Professor Jamillah WilliamsJamillah Williams received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford. Her research focuses on contemporary bias, the effectiveness of antidiscrimination law, and the capacity of law to promote compliance and social change. More specifically, she uses social psychological theory and empirical analysis to examine the impact of antidiscrimination law on the individuals it was intended to protect. After law school, Dr. Williams worked as an Associate in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, LLP in Chicago, IL where she specialized in conducting privileged diagnostics of employment processes and advising employers on diversity/inclusion programs. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, Williams was a National Science Foundation Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL.

Paul Butler – March 31, 2022

Professor Paul ButlerPaul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a legal analyst on MSNBC. During the 2017-18 academic year he was the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He holds an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from City University of New York.

Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the United States. He serves on the District of Columbia Code Revision Commission as an appointee of the D.C. City Council.

His book “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” was published in July 2017. The Washington Post named it one of the 50 best non-fiction books of 2017. The New York Times described Chokehold as the best book on criminal justice reform since The New Jim Crow. It was a finalist for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction.

Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a United States Senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials.

Rachel Barkow – April 25, 2022

Photo of Professor Rachel BarkowRachel Barkow is the Charles Seligson Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU School of Law. In June of 2013, the Senate confirmed her as a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission, where she served until January 2019. Since 2010, she has also been a member of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Policy Advisory Panel.

Professor Barkow teaches courses in criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law. Her scholarship focuses on criminal law, and she is especially interested in applying the lessons and theory of administrative and constitutional law to the administration of criminal justice. Her book addressing the political dynamics behind mass incarceration and institutional reforms to curtail it, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration, was published by Harvard University Press/Belknap in the spring of 2019 and favorably reviewed or mentioned in The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, The Appeal, and The American Scholar.

Barkow has been invited to present her work in various settings. In the summer of 2009, Barkow testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection regarding the institutional design of the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Barkow testified before the United States Sentencing Commission at a 2009 regional hearing on the 25th Anniversary of the Sentencing Reform Act. In the summer of 2004, Barkow testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the future of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She has also presented her work on sentencing to the National Association of Sentencing Commissions Conference, the Federal Judicial Center’s National Sentencing Policy Institute, and the Judicial Conference of the Courts of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits. In addition, Barkow has presented papers at numerous law schools.