Flannery named associate dean for academic affairs at UA Little Rock Bowen Law School

Michael Flannery

Professor Michael Flannery has been named the associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. 

“I view the opportunity to serve in the capacity of associate dean for Academic Affairs at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law as a privilege,” Flannery said. “I have learned so much from my former deans, and I am fortunate to be able to serve with Theresa Beiner as my new dean and with a faculty so devoted to its students. Mostly, I look forward to working closely with every student to maximize their personal and educational experience at UA Little Rock and to help them be willing and able to serve others in their personal and professional lives. I am so grateful that the university has afforded me this opportunity.”

Professor Flannery joined the law school in 2003 and was named the Judge George Howard Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law in 2010. He served as associate dean for faculty development from 2014 to 2016. He will begin his tenure in this new position on May 15.

“Michael is an excellent colleague, and he is committed to Bowen’s success,” said John DiPippa, dean of the law school. “He will be an outstanding associate dean.”

Flannery earned the Faculty Excellence Award for Research in 2017, 2010, and 2006, and earned the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 2012. He also won the 2016 John M. DiPippa Scholarship Award for his casebook entitled, “The Sexual Exploitation of Children.”

In addition to his teaching and research accomplishments, Flannery served as a special judge for the 20th Judicial District of the State of Arkansas from 2008 to 2011. He also serves as a legislative expert liaison for the Arkansas Bar Association’s Legislative Committee on Family Law, and was featured on National Public Radio as an “Agent of Change.”

He is the author of 14 books, two book chapters, 13 law review articles, and 12 expert commentaries. Flannery writes as an expert commentator for the Trusts and Estates division of Matthew Bender’s LexisNexis Expert Commentaries.

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