Gayle Pettus Pontz Award Reception

The University of Arkansas School of Law, in conjunction with the Women's Law Student Association, hosts a reception each spring for the winner of the Gayle Pettus Pontz Award. WLSA chooses an annual honoree based the following criteria: a female graduate or a woman with connections to the local legal community who best represents the accomplishments of women and the legal community as a whole and who promotes WLSA's objectives of helping women thrive in law school, creating a community that will raise awareness of women's issues and advancing women in the legal profession.

Previous winners include:

  • 2016: Connie Lewis Lensing (J.D. ’77)
  • 2015: Teresa Fette (J.D. ’05)
  • 2014: Courtney Hudson Goodson (J.D. ’97)
  • 2013: Susan Webber Wright (J.D. ’75)
  • 2012: Cynthia Nance
  • 2011: Debbie Dudley Branson (J.D. ’80)
  • 2010: Donna Pettus (J.D. ’83)
  • 2002: Mary Beth Matthews (J.D. ’78)
  • 1996: Andree Roaf
  • 1995: Carolyn Witherspoon
  • 1994: Paula Casey (J.D. ’77)
  • 1993: Annabelle Clinton Imber (’77)
  • 1991: Sandra Wilson Cherry (J.D. ’75)
  • 1989: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • 1988: Mary Davies Scott
  • 1987: Judith Rogers
  • 1986: Elsijane Trimble Roy (J.D. ’78)