Assistant Professor of Law
BS, 1984, Boston University; MA, 2001, The University of Chicago School of Social Work Service Administration;
JD, 1989, DePaul University College of Law
Room 404 | Phone: 501-916-5405 | Email
Assistant: Destiny Jones | Room 407 | Phone: 501-916-5428 | Email
Deborah L. Borman is an experienced attorney practitioner and educator, and an expert at legal analytical writing. She is passionate about training attorneys to contribute their finest work to the legal profession, to best represent their clients, and to be accountable to the justice system as well as society at large.
Professor Borman joined the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law faculty in August 2018. Professor Borman taught in several of the highest ranked law school legal writing programs in the country. She was a Visiting Professor at Seattle University School of Law (2017-18), a member of the Communication and Legal Reasoning faculty at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2010-2017), visited in the Lawyering Process Program at University of Denver-Sturm College of Law (2011-12) and The UNLV Boyd School of Law (Summer 2019), and taught as an adjunct both in the John Marshall Law School Lawyering Skills program, and DePaul University College of Law’s Legal Analysis Research and Communication program.
As a career law clerk in the Illinois Appellate Court for more than 17 years, Professor Borman drafted more than 300 opinions. She received a Master of Arts from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 2001, and maintains Illinois licensed Social Worker status. Professor Borman is experienced working in a major hospital trauma center, both in the Emergency Department and in-patient hospital, performing psychological evaluations, and counseling patients and families.
Professor Borman currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Balance in Legal Education, and served as an officer in the AALS Section on Teaching Methods for four years, culminating as Chair in 2017-18. In 2017-18, Professor Borman was Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Teaching Workshops Committee and served as a member of the ALWD Publications Committee. She served on the Legal Writing Association (LWI) Monograph Editorial Board for two consecutive terms, and also served as an assistant editor of the LWI Journal. She received awards for her work on the ALWD and LWI committees at the LWI 2018 Biennial Conference in Milwaukee.
Professor Borman speaks at national and regional conferences including LWI, ALWD, SALT, and AALS. Professor Borman’s scholarship focuses on teaching methods, in particular incorporating professional identity in the law school curriculum. She recently published her first book, A Short & Happy Guide to Legal Writing (2019), available through West Academic Press.