Faculty News

May 2017

Carl Circo

Professor Circo gave a faculty colloquium presentation at University of Nebraska College of Law on April 14. The presentation, “Contract Law and the Construction Industry,” was based on the working draft of Circo’s forthcoming book on the subject.

Sara Gosman

The Transportation Safety Board of the National Academy of Sciences has appointed Professor Gosman to a committee formed to study the safety of propane pipeline facilities. Over the next year, the committee will examine regulatory requirements applicable to the pipeline facilities; best practices relating to safe design, installation, operation and maintenance; and the costs and benefits, including safety benefits, associated with the regulatory requirements and best practices. The committee will then prepare a report with recommendations for improving the safety of pipeline operations.

Gosman was invited to participate in a panel discussion on safe drinking water infrastructure, environmental justice and the Flint crisis at the Annual Environmental Law Conference of the Environmental Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association. The conference convened May 3-11 in Eureka Springs.

Christopher Kelley

Professor Kelley has been reappointed to serve a one-year term (2017-18) as a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law's International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee. The committee seeks to provide useful information, services and opportunities for involvement to legal educators, administrators and students who are interested in international legal education.

On May 2, Kelley joined the Arkansas World Trade Center in welcoming a Belarusian trade delegation to Northwest Arkansas. In June, he will be meeting with law professors at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty in Minsk to discuss teaching negotiation, distance learning and other aspects of legal education.

Stacy Leeds

Dean Leeds delivered the keynote address at the 3rd Annual University of Tennessee Campus Diversity Summit held March 24 in Knoxville. The address, titled “The Flagship, the Land Grant and the Responsibility to be Better,” was part of a summit designed to present best practices in diversity and inclusion to members of the campus’ diversity councils and commissions.

In May, Leeds was appointed to a two-year term on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) board of trustees. The council is a nonprofit corporation that provides products and services to aid the admission process for law schools worldwide. The council is primarily known for administering the Law School Application Test (LSAT), but also provides services such as funding diversity programs, publishing research and conducting educational conferences for law school professionals and products such as software and information to admissions offices.

Tiffany Murphy

Professor Murphy’s article “Federal Habeas Corpus and Systemic Official Misconduct: Why Form Trumps Constitutional Rights” was accepted for publication in the Fall 2017 edition of the University of Kansas Law Review. The article addresses the practical dilemma faced by inmates who raise constitutional claims of police or prosecutorial misconduct but are unable to obtain review under the stringent federal habeas corpus review standards.

Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile has written an article, “The Frank Broyles Right of Publicity Statute: Potential Minefields,” which will appear in the spring issue of The Arkansas Lawyer. The article introduces “The Frank Broyles Act,” highlighting thorny provisions of the statute, and discusses court decisions in other jurisdictions that may provide guidance for attorneys and courts in Arkansas. The Frank Broyles Publicity Rights Protection Act of 2016 was passed to protect the names, voices, signatures, photographs and likenesses of the citizens of this state from exploitation and unauthorized commercial use without the consent of the citizen. The Act is significant because the right of publicity in the United States is essentially a state-based right, and there is no federal right of publicity statute.

Tim Tarvin

Professor Tarvin has written “Combating Professional Error in Bankruptcy Analysis Through the Design and Use of Decision Trees in Clinical Pedagogy” for the forthcoming edition of St. John’s Law Review. In the article, he proposes that the use of decision trees enhances the teaching of analytical skills in bankruptcy cases in the clinical setting through a hands-on approach that allows users to visualize the questions, potential responses and citations of legal authority in a logical sequence. He argues that as legal education embraces new technologies, decision trees will help clinical students test their analytical skills with reduced risk to their clients. Decision trees also familiarize students with the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology that can improve their knowledge and skill.

On May 9, Tarvin spoke at the 40th Annual Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Denver. He participated in the Clinic Transactional Section on Teaching Methods. On June 16 Tarvin, along with Sharon Bradley of the University of Georgia School of Law, will present “Decision Making Models in 2/2 Time – Two Speakers, Two Models (Maybe)” at the 2017 Annual Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Conference at Arizona State University. Tarvin will discuss the use of decision trees in clinical teaching settings.

Tarvin served as a faculty expert for stories appearing in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Arkansas Business. In “Furniture firm asks to hold a final sale,” which appeared in the the April 27 issue, Tarvin provided ADG reporter John Magsam with background information on bankruptcy law as it relates to Bentonville-founded I.O. Metro’s filing for bankruptcy protection. Tarvin also provided legal expertise for “Even in Bankruptcy, College Debt Stands” for Mark Friedman’s article appearing in the April 24 edition of Arkansas Business.

April 2017

Dominick Grillo

Dominick Grillo joined the Robert A. and Vivian Young Law Library as electronic services librarian in March. Grillo has extensive experience managing electronic library services, having held similar positions at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Hofstra Law Library at the Maurice Deane School of Law and Moakley Law Library at the Suffolk University Law School. Grillo holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a Master of Science from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He is responsible for handling all aspects of access to the law library’s research databases and is liaison to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg. Grillo is a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) editorial board and has filled a variety of positions in the Computing Services section of the American Association of Law Libraries.

He a New York City native who loves baseball and has attended games in more than 100 parks,. He recently added Baum Stadium at George Cole Field and Arvest Ballpark to his list.

Mary Beth Matthews

Professor Matthews presented a guest lecture to professor John Norwood’s Honors Law class in the Sam M. Walton College of Business on April 5. Matthews’ lecture on payment system devices focused on risks of destruction and theft.

Laurent Sacharoff

Professor Sacharoff and co-author, Sarah Lustbader, have accepted an offer from Washington University Law Review to publish their article “Who Should Own Police Body Camera Videos?” The article documents the evolution of body cameras from a program created to maintain police accountability to a tool police use in ordinary law enforcement. The authors propose that control of police camera videos be moved from police departments to third party, neutral agencies. Sacharoff and Lustbader argue a neutral repository will restore body camera programs to their original purpose: police accountability.

Alan Trammell

Professor Trammell’s article “The Day-in-Court-Paradox” has been accepted for publication in vol. 93 of the Notre Dame Law Review. In the forthcoming article, Trammell argues that two coherent, but distinct, visions of due process underpin the doctrines of preclusion and precedent. The doctrines once operated in distinct spheres, but today they often govern the same questions and apply to the same circumstances, yet achieve opposite ends. Preclusion is rooted in a participation-oriented theory that values involvement as an inherent good. Precedent reflects an outcome-oriented theory that emphasizes accuracy and reliance interests. Trammell argues the outcome-oriented theory is already the dominant approach in most areas of civil procedure and outside of the litigation context. He also asserts that it is a superior approach that holds the potential to resolve enduring problems of serial litigation.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods' article "Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures" was accepted for publication in the Iowa Law Review. Drawing largely on the experiences of LGBTQ homeless and runaway youth, the author illustrates the ways in which family-based programs and interventions define the scope of government responses to adolescent youth in the child welfare system. In the article, Woods argues that many homeless and runaway youth are not served by those family-based approaches and are left vulnerable to entering a cycle of homelessness and involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems when those approaches fail. Woods presented the article on April 8 at the Critical Intersections of Crime and Social Justice Conference at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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.