Faculty Research & Activities

January 2017

Howard Brill

Professor Brill wrote the 2016 Supplement to Arkansas Law of Damages. West Publishing will publish the supplement later this year to update the seminal work. The sixth edition of the book, co-authored with Christian Brill, was published in 2015 and serves as an introduction for students and a quick reference for practicing attorneys and members of the bench.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods presented a paper titled "Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures" as part of the "LGBT Legal Issues at the Core and Peripheries of LGBT Politics" panel at the Midwest Law and Society Retreat. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School hosted the retreat Nov. 18-19, 2016.

Woods is a co-signatory of an amicus brief filed on behalf of scholars who study the LGBT population with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the cases Barber v. Bryant and Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant. These appeals concern the constitutionality of Mississippi's House Bill 1523, which elevates three anti-LGBT religious beliefs for special protection under Mississippi law. The brief provides the court with relevant demographic data, social science research and legal authority involving discrimination against Mississippi's LGBT citizens.

November 2016

Carl Circo

Professor Circo presented an American Bar Association webinar titled, “Professor's Corner Webinar: Rethinking Rights of First Offer, Rights of First Refusal, and Options” on Nov. 8. The webinar, presented with two practicing lawyers, was based on the panel's related program at the American College of Real Estate Lawyers spring 2016 meeting. The panelists considered troublesome legal issues surrounding real estate purchase.

Carol Goforth

Professor Goforth was selected as a participant for the AALS President’s Program on Diversity Roundtable, which will be held in January 2017. The Roundtable discussion on “Diversity in Law School Faculty Hiring: Why Race is the Wrong Focus” will be part of the AALS 2017 annual meeting in San Francisco.

Sara Gosman

Professor Gosman was appointed by the United States Secretary of Transportation to serve as a public member of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The committee, which is mandated by statute, reviews proposed pipeline safety standards and policies and provides recommendations to the agency. Gosman also serves as vice president of the Pipeline Safety Trust board of directors. The trust is a non-profit organization devoted to improving pipeline safety.

Gosman testified at a public hearing to examine claims of discrimination and racial bias on the part of public officials handling of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. The hearing, the third in a series, was held Sept. 8 in Lansing and was convened by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Gosman was part of a four-member panel of experts providing background on Michigan’s history with environmental justice and its role in the crisis.

Janie Simms Hipp

Director Hipp was honored by the Oklahoma City University School of Law with the 2016 Distinguished Law Alumni Award at its annual Alumni and Awards Luncheon Nov. 2. Hipp earned a J.D. from the school in 1984. The video introduction of Hipp, presented at the luncheon, features comments by University of Arkansas School of Law alumna, Teena Gunter (J.D. ’92, LL.M. ’97).

Rob Leflar

Professor Leflar presented several lectures on health law and medical products litigation at universities across Taiwan in October. He lectured at Tunghai University in Taichung, National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu and National Taiwan University Faculty of Law in Taipei. Leflar was interviewed by an Indonesian reporter for rappler.com, a worldwide social media news service with an Asian focus. The article, “3 Reasons Why Indonesia Should Care about the U.S. Elections,” began with Leflar’s remarks and was published in both English and Bahasa.

Uche U. Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile has been invited to write for E-International Relations, a leading open access website for students and scholars of international politics, which receives 250,000 unique visitors each month. She plans to submit her first piece in December.

Susan Schneider

Professor Schneider was selected to present at the 2016 Food Law Student Leadership Summit held for 80 law students interested in food law & policy. The event, organized by Harvard Law School's Food Law & Policy Clinic, the Drake University Agricultural Law Center and the Food Law Student Network, was held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Drake Law School.

Schneider delivered the Food Law Update to the American Agricultural Law Association 2016 Annual Agricultural Law Symposium held Oct. 6-8 in Oklahoma City.