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April 2017

Christy Tosh Crider (J.D. ’96) has been named chair of Baker Donelson’s Health Care Advocacy Practice. Crider, a shareholder in the firm’s Nashville office, will continue managing her practice concentrated in the long-term care and health industries in addition to her new duties as chair. She also serves as chair of the firm’s Long Term Care Group and Women’s Initiative.

Marne Coit (LL.M. ’07) joined the faculty at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where she teaches in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Richard Flournoy (LL.M. ’11) is the new Chief of Staff at United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. Flournoy is responsible for the oversight of the development of crop insurance policies, the rate structure and other critical aspects of the federal crop insurance system. Flournoy and his wife, Michelle, live in Kansas City.

In Memoriam

Stephen A. Matthews (LL.B. ’51), age 91, died March 1 in Pine Bluff after collapsing at the defense table in a Jefferson County courtroom. He was a dedicated lawyer, practicing with the Pine Bluff firm of Bridges, Young, Matthews and Drake for his entire legal career. He received the Arkansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Lawyer Award for 1967-68, was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as president of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel 1984-85.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” Alexander; son David Matthews; daughters Susan Matthews Arnold (John) and Barbara III-Schenkel. Read the obituary from Ralph Robinson & Sons Funeral Directors.

Angela Caitlin Peace (J.D. ’80) died Feb. 18 in Fayetteville. Peace was a professor of computer information at Northwest Arkansas Community College and specialized in web page design and Photoshop. She is survived by her mother, Ruth Vacin. Read the obituary from Moore’s Chapel.

March 2017

Tyler Benson (J.D. 11) and Zoe Naylor (J.D. ’13) have been elected to lead the Washington County Bar Association as president and vice president, respectively. Their one-year term began Jan. 1. Benson is a lawyer at Taylor Law Partners LLP in Fayetteville. Naylor is an instructor in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences Department of Political Science. For more information about the Washington County Bar Association, visit their website.

Valerie Hunt (J.D. ’99) and Josh Mostyn (J.D. ’12) have been appointed to the Arkansas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Committee members, who serve four-year terms, review civil rights issues within their home states, produce reports and make recommendations to the Commission. Issues monitored include justice, voting, discrimination, housing, education and other related matters. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding agency with the mission to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights law. Congressional mandate establishes Advisory Committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Dean Emeritus Cynthia Nance also serves on the Advisory Committee.

Michael G. McManus (J.D.’93) has been named an administrative patent judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker made the appointment in April of 2016. In his capacity as administrative judge, McManus serves on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for the United States Patent and Trademark office in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to his appointment as judge, McManus was chair of Duane Morris’ International Trade Commission Section 337 Litigation Practice Group, working in the Washington, D.C., office.

Carrie Bowers Miller (J.D. ’97) was elected partner at Jackson Walker in February. Miller works in the firm’s Fort Worth office where she specializes in business transactions and helps clients create efficient strategies to achieve business goals.

Congratulations to David S. Mitchell Jr. (J.D. ’10), Frances Penick Mitchell and big sister Susan Grace on the birth of Elizabeth Frances. The newest addition to the family weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.75 inches long. Photo Credit: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography.

Two essays by Katherine Shurlds (J.D. ’94) appear in Teaching Off the Beaten Path: Reflections on Teaching by University of Arkansas Teaching Faculty. The newly published volume features works by campus faculty who are not in tenure-track positions but are regarded as excellent teachers who bring unique experiences to the university’s classrooms. Shurlds taught media law, fundamentals of journalism, editing and newswriting in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism for nearly 25 years prior to her semi-retirement at the end of 2016. Shurlds now teaches exclusively on-line and oversees the department’s online course offerings.

Dannelle Walker Whiteside (J.D. ’09) joined Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, as general counsel in January. In the newly created position, Whiteside will support the university and the Board of Trustees in its governance structure. Prior to joining Austin Peay State, Whiteside was general attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, in Philadelphia.

Jennifer Williams Zwagerman (LL.M. ’08) has been named president-elect of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA). As president-elect, Zwagerman is responsible for organizing the association’s 2017 symposium in Louisville, Kentucky. Zwagerman is the director of career development and associate director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake Law School.