Former president of American Bar Association to visit School of Law
Posted on March 29, 2011
Philip S. Anderson, former president of the American Bar Association, will meet with students and faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law on March 31 and April 1 as the inaugural Wylie H. Davis Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.
Anderson, a founding partner of Williams & Anderson, PLC, received his bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws degrees from the University of Arkansas, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. His distinguished legal career includes acting as lead counsel for ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC in access litigation arising out of the Whitewater trials in Arkansas. He was lead appellate counsel in the appeal of the largest personal-injury verdict in the history of the state, which resulted in a substantial remittitur of the award, and was lead counsel for Worthen Bank & Trust Company in an antitrust case that revolutionized the bank card industry, Worthen Bank and Trust Company v. National BankAmericard Incorporated. He represents the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and serves on the board of directors of the newspaper and its parent company.
In addition to being president of the American Bar Association in 1998-99, Anderson served two terms on the association’s board of governors and more than 30 years in its House of Delegates, in which he continues to serve. He is an elected member of the nation’s foremost law reform group, the American Law Institute, which promulgates the Restatements of the Law, was for a number of years on its governing Council and has been an adviser in the preparation of various Institute projects, including the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers. He was a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions for 35 years. And, on Oct. 9, 2010, Anderson was inducted as a trustee in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, which counts in its membership more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
“We are delighted that one of the most celebrated graduates of the School of Law, Phil Anderson, will be our first Wylie H. Davis Distinguished Practitioner in Residence,” said Cynthia Nance, dean of the School of Law. “The law school’s faculty and students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from someone who is not only a very successful lawyer, but one of the legal community’s most outstanding leaders. His contributions to the law and society are simply remarkable.”
The Wylie H. Davis Distinguished Practitioner in Residence program and the Wylie H. Davis Professorship in Law, currently held by Distinguished Professor Mark R. Killenbeck, who arranged Mr. Anderson’s visit, were made possible by the late E.J. Ball, a 1950 graduate of the School of Law, after whom the law school’s new courtroom is named.