Telephone: (479) 575-5601



The School of Law was established in 1924, and has a rich and exciting history. The recently expanded law school building complex is named after Dr. Robert A. Leflar, who was associated with the law school as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Dean, Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus from 1927 until his death in 1997, and was recognized as a leading national authority in the areas of Conflict of Laws and Torts. Former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady, now Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the late Senators J. William Fulbright and Claude Pepper were also members of our faculty at earlier stages in their careers.


Our alumni have made outstanding contributions at the international, national, and state levels, and include George Haley (‚??52), who served as U.S. Ambassador to Gambia, Rodney Slater (‚??80), former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; former U.S. Congressman W. Asa Hutchinson (‚??75) former director of the DEA and undersecretary for Border and Transportation, Security of the Homeland Security Department, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (‚??88); and former U.S. Senator David Pryor (‚??64). Several of our Alumni have served as Governor of Arkansas, including the current Governor, Mike Beebe. A number of our Alumni have served with distinction in both state and federal judicial position.


Our law school played a key role in a historic first when, in 1948, Silas Hunt was admitted to our law school as the first African American student in the modern era to be admitted to a Southern public university without litigation. In 2006, Cynthia Nance became our first female and our first African American Dean, becoming at the time one of only three African American female law school deans in the nation.


The law school admits a class of approximately 135 to 150 students every year in the fall. A full-time faculty of 36 assures a low student-teacher ratio and enables faculty and students to form close and beneficial professional relationships. In addition to the regular law program, we offer the only LL.M. degree in Agricultural Law in the nation. This unique graduate law program has attracted students from 35 different states and at least 15 foreign countries. Twenty-four credits of specialty courses in the law of food and agriculture are available to the LL.M students and to J.D. students in good standing. Approximately 10 graduate students are admitted to this program each year.


Our students assist in the publication of three academic journals, the Arkansas Law Review, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, and the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture. Our faculty publishes Arkansas Law Notes annually for our alumni and the Arkansas bar. The National Agricultural Law Center, located at our law school, regularly publishes articles and other items on-line, and maintains an extensive database relating to agricultural law at


Our program of legal education is a combination of traditional doctrinal courses and practical skills instruction. Every student is required to complete three legal writing courses and at least one practical skills course from a number of courses designed for that purpose. Students may also choose from a variety of live-client clinics. Our students participate in an extensive and very successful advocacy skills program, coordinated by the student-run Board Advocates. It includes multiple appellate moot court, trial advocacy, client counseling and negotiation competitions.


The law school is located in Fayetteville--a beautiful college town of approximately 60,000 in the Ozarks. The University has a total enrollment of about 18,000.


Dean: Cynthia Nance (479) 575-4504

Admissions: James K. Miller (479) 575-3102

Financial Aid: James K. Miller (479) 575-3102

Library: Randall Thompson (479) 575-5831

Placement: Susan Schell (479) 575-7644




CYNTHIA E. NANCE, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, September 3, 1958; admitted to bar, 1990, Iowa. Education: University of Iowa (M.A., 1990); Chicago State University (B.S., 1986); University of Iowa (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Torts, Labor Law, Employment Law, Social Science and Law. Email: cnance @


CARLTON BAILEY, (Law Professor), born Birmingham, Alabama, February 28, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Minnesota; 1979, Arkansas. Education: Talladega College (B.S., 1969); University of Chicago (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Lawyering Practice Skills. Email: cbailey @


LONNIE R. BEARD, (Law Professor), born Keiser, Arkansas, June 23, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, Iowa and Arkansas; 1979, California. Education: Arkansas State University (B.A., 1970); University of Arkansas (J.D., 1975); New York University (LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Federal Taxation, Taxation of Business Enterprises, Business Planning, Agricultural Taxation. Email: lrbeard @


HOWARD W. BRILL, (Law Professor), born Englewood, New Jersey, October 18, 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, Florida; 1973, Illinois; 1977, Arkansas. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1965); University of Florida (J.D., 1970); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Remedies, Civil Procedure, Law and Baseball. Email: hbrill @


CHAUNCEY E. BRUMMER, (Law Professor), born Louisville, Kentucky, November 22, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Kentucky. Education: Howard University (B.A., 1970); University of Kentucky (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Torts, Family Law, Juvenile Law. Email: cbrummer @


CARL J. CIRCO, (Law Professor), born Omaha, Nebraska, January 28, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Nebraska; 1981, Missouri; 1986, Kansas. Education: University of Nebraska (B.A., 1971; J.D., 1976). COURSES: Real Estate Transactions, Decedents‚?? Estates, Construction & Design Law. Email: ccirco @


KIM COATS, (Law Professor), born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 5, 1960; admitted to bar, 1991, Oklahoma; 1996, Arkansas. Education: Arizona State University (B.S., 1981); Oklahoma City University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Drafting. Email: kcoats @


UCHE EWELUKWA, (Law Professor), born Nigeria; admitted to bar, 2003. Education: Institute for International and Comparative Human Rights Law (Diploma, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, 1991); University of College London (LL.M., 1991); Harvard Law School (MA, LL.M., 1993); Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 2003). COURSES: International Law, Intellectual Properties, Immigration Law. Email:  uchee @


JANET A. FLACCUS, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 31, 1949; admitted to bar, 1978, Illinois. Education: Wheaton College (B.A., 1971); University of California, Davis (M.A., 1973; J.D., 1978); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Contracts, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Sales and Leasing. Email:  jflaccus @


SHARON E. FOSTER, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, February 22, 1961; Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1983); Loyola Law School (J.D., 1987); University of Edinburgh (LL.M., 1997). COURSES: Contracts, Antitrust, Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, International Business Transactions. Email: sfoster @


BRIAN GALLINI, (Law Professor), born Alexandria, Virginia, October 24, 1977; admitted to bar, 2002, Massachusetts; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1999); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2002); Temple University School of Law (LL.M., 2008). COURSES: Bail to Jail, Criminal Law. Email: bgallini @


CAROL R. GOFORTH, (Law Professor), born Fayetteville, Arkansas, October 12, 1960; admitted to bar, 1984, Oklahoma. Education: University of Arkansas (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1984). COURSES: Corporations, Corporate Finance, Securities Regulation, Business Planning. Email: cgoforth @


D‚??LORAH LYNN HUGHES, (Law Professor), born Lexington, Kentucky, July 29, 1975; admitted to bar, 2001, California. Education: California State University Long Beach (B.A., 1997); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Prosecution and Defense, Aids/HIV. Email: dlhughes @


DONALD JUDGES, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, April 13, 1955; admitted to bar, 1985, District of Columbia; 1986, Colorado. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1978); University of Maryland (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence, Professional Responsibility. Email: djudges @


CHRISTOPHER R. KELLEY, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia, July 21, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Minnesota; 1982, Arkansas; 1992, North Dakota; 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Louisiana State University (B.A., 1969); Howard University (J.D., 1975); University of Arkansas School of Law (LL.M., 1986). COURSES: Agricultural Law. Email: ckelley @


ANN M. KILLENBECK, (Law Professor), born Lincoln, Nebraska, August 24, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Nebraska. Education: University of Nebraska (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1985); University of Michigan (Ph.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Law and Social Science.


MARK R. KILLENBECK, (Law Professor), born Rochester, New York, September 29, 1948; Education: Boston College (A.B., 1970); University of Nebraska (Ph.D., 1987; J.D., 1987). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, First Amendment, Supreme Court. Email: mkillenb @


ROBERT B LEFLAR, (Law Professor), born Little Rock, Arkansas, January 23, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, Arkansas; 1980, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1972); Tokyo University; Harvard Law School (J.D., 1977); Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H., 1982). COURSES: Torts, Health Law, Products Liability Law, Food and Drug Law.


MARY E. MATTHEWS, (Law Professor), born Rogers, Arkansas, January 20, 1954; admitted to bar, 1978, Arkansas. Education: University of Arkansas (B.S.E., 1975; J.D., 1978). COURSES: Corporations, Agency and Partnership, Negotiable Instruments. Email: mmatthew @


ROBERT B. MOBERLY, (Law Professor), born Madison, Wisconsin, September 17, 1941; admitted to bar, 1966, Wisconsin; 1977, Tennessee; 1984, Florida. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1963); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1966). COURSES: Labor Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email: moberly @


PHILLIP E. NORVELL, (Law Professor), born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 28, 1944; admitted to bar, 1973, Oklahoma; 1983, Arkansas. Education: University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1973). COURSES: Real Property, Oil and Gas, Water Law, Future Interests, Antitrust. Email: pnorvel @


KATHRYN A. SAMPSON STINSON, (Law Professor), born Belmond, Iowa, July 29, 1959; admitted to bar, 1990, Iowa. Education: University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1982); University of Iowa (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Practice, Advanced Litigation Drafting, Moot Court, Insurance Law. Email: ksampson @


SUSAN SCHNEIDER, (Law Professor), born St. Paul, Minnesota, April 25, 1954; admitted to bar, 1985, Minnesota. Education: College of St. Catherine (B.A., 1982), University of Minnesota (J.D., 1985); University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Agricultural Finance and Credit, Agricultural Labor Law, Agricultural Bankruptcy Law. Email: sschneid @


STEVE SHEPPARD, (Law Professor), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 6, 1963; admitted to bar, 1988, Mississippi. Education: University of Southern Mississippi (B.A., 1985); Columbia University (J.D., 1988); Columbia University (Certificate in International Law, 1988); Oxford University (M.Litt., 1999); Columbia University (LL.M., 2001). COURSES: Environmental Law, International Law, International Transactions, Jurisprudence, Legal History. Email: sheppard @


NED T. SNOW, (Law Professor), born Royal Oak, Michigan, December 21, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Texas. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 2000); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Property, Law and the Internet, Decedents‚?? Estates.


TIMOTHY R. TARVIN, (Law Professor), born Kansas City, Missouri, December 28, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Arkansas. Education: Hendrix College (B.A., 1972); Southern Methodist University; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Federal Practice and Transactional Clinics.


ALBERT M. WITTE, (Law Professor), born 1923; admitted to bar, 1955, Wisconsin; 1979, Arkansas. Education: Chicago (Ph.B., 1947; M.A., 1950); University of Wisconsin (LL.B., 1955). COURSES: Sports Law, Law and Literature.


ELIZABETH L. YOUNG, (Law Professor), born Kansas City, Kansas, April 17, 1977; admitted to bar, 2004, Virginia. Education: Hendrix College (B.A., 1999); The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2004). COURSES: Immigration Clinic.