Professor Tarvin currently teaches Federal Practice Clinic, Transactional Clinic, and the advanced clinics associated with each. He has taught Comparative Consumer Bankruptcy in the law school’s Study Abroad Program at Cambridge University. His teaching experience also includes teaching law school clinics in civil and criminal litigation and Business Law at the undergraduate level.
Professor Tarvin has lectured at the National Conference of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) concerning the academic use of case management and document assembly software, decision trees and the Internet. He has spoken as a panelist and presenter at national conferences of the Clinical Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), the Transactional Law Conference and the Southern Regional Educational Technology Conference. Professor Tarvin has presented scholarly papers on bankruptcy topics at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference (SEALS) and the University of Nebraska School of Law. He has published several articles related to bankruptcy, nonprofit law and legal technology.
While in practice he served as deputy prosecuting attorney, bankruptcy trustee, juvenile judge, and municipal judge before joining the Law School faculty in 1993. Professor Tarvin is a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association and serves on the Technology Committee and the Legal Services Committee. As a Director and Vice-President of the Arkansas Bar Foundation he served on the Subcommittee on Special Projects. Professor Tarvin currently serves on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Committee, and previously served on the Arkansas Supreme Court Task Force on Public Access to Court Records, and the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
His admissions to practice include the Arkansas Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and United States District Courts in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Debtor-Creditor Bar of Northwest Arkansas, the William B. Putman Inn of Court, and the Washington County Bar Association.
He was awarded the Association's Certificate of Recognition for service to the public and profession, as well as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award from Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly. He graduated from Hendrix College with a degree in Business and Economics and received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.