Assistant Professor of Law
BA, 1993, Temple University; JD, 1997. Temple University School of Law
Room 501 | Phone: 501-916-5443 | Email
Assistant: Jennifer Maxwell | Room 524 | Phone: 501-916-5440 |Email
Robert Minarcin is excited to be a part of the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. His teaching philosophy is summed up by a Chinese proverb that he has on his wall that states “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” He is a firm believer in imparting both the doctrinal elements and particularly the practical elements for each course he teaches so that students are prepared to enter the legal profession with practical real-world skills upon graduation.
For the past three years, Professor Minarcin has run an in-house indigent Criminal Defense Clinic at Florida A&M University College of Law, which represents court-appointed clients charged with misdemeanor criminal offense in County Court, allowing students to represent the clients from initial interview to final trial. Before this, he taught Legal Research and Writing for five years at Florida A&M University College of Law earning the title of “Bluebook Geek.” While at Florida A&M University College of Law, Professor Minarcin also directed and coached their trial teams.
Prior to beginning his teaching career, he served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in the Division of Real Estate. He also has practiced criminal law for over twelve years, in criminal defense firms in Central Florida, and the Public Defender’s Offices in Orlando, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has tried over seventy-five jury trials, including misdemeanor charges, armed robberies, drug trafficking cases, and child sex cases. While in Central Florida he also served as a Traffic Hearing Officer in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Professor Minarcin holds a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University. His current research interests include the use of technology and social media in teaching and indigent criminal defendants’ treatment, punishment, and legal representation in the criminal justice system.