Free Winter CLE

12th Annual Winter CLE

Saturday, March 4, 2017

E.J. Ball Courtroom, University of Arkansas School of Law
9 a.m. – Noon


8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Registration and Check-In
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Ethics & the Arkansas Supreme Court
Former Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and University Professor and Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Howard Brill will focus on (1) changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of Professional Conduction; (2) disqualification of judges; (3) attorneys held in contempt; (4) pro hac vice admissions; and (5) license fees. (60 minutes)
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Future Issues for the Arkansas Supreme Court
Professor Howard Brill will focus, in part, on the authority of the Chief Justice.
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Insights & Reflections on the 91st General Assembly
Arkansas State Representatives Bob Ballinger ('04) and David Whitaker ('99) will discuss the operations of the Arkansas General Assembly. After opening remarks, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Stacy Leeds, Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law.


Prof. Howard BrillProfessor Howard Brill has been at the School of Law since 1975. He is the first Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility and teaches professional responsibility, remedies, civil procedure, and domestic relations. He teaches special topics courses on Baseball and the Law, as well as Arkansas Constitutional Law.

After graduating from Duke University, he taught English language and African literature as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria. Professor Brill earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review, and later earned an LL.M. from the University of Illinois. In addition to practicing with a small firm in Rock Island, Ill., he has taught at the Universities of Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In connection with the School of Law's summer programs, he has taught in Cambridge, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has taught comparative Constitutional Law at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

In 2015, he was appointed to serve as interim Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, serving until the end of 2016, when he returned to teaching at the School of Law.

Rep. Bob BallingerRep. Bob Ballinger ('04) is a Republican serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 97 which includes portions of Madison, Carrol and Washington counties. For the 91st General Assembly, Rep. Ballinger serves as chair of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee, Arkansas Legislative Council, and the Joint Committee on Energy.

Rep. Ballinger attended Tulsa Webster high school. He received his B.A. in Social Studies at Northeastern State University. He then earned his J.D. at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

He is an attorney practicing at his private firm in Berryville. He is involved in Kiwanis and was the previous president of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce.

Rep. David WhitakerRep. David Whitaker ('99) is a Democrat serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 85 which includes a portion of Washington County. For the 91st General Assembly, he serves on House Judiciary Committee, the House Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, and the Joint Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology.

Rep. Whitaker graduated cum laude from University of Mary Washington. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville. He served as Staff Sergeant for the United States Air Force.

He practices law and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association. Rep. Whitaker was recognized in 2006 with the Outstanding Government Attorney Award. He was also named Distinguished Legislator by the Arkansas Municipal League in 2013 and 2015. He was named Legislative Champion by Citizens First Congress in 2015.

The University of Arkansas School of Law offers its “Free Winter CLE” during the spring semester. As part of its ongoing commitment to serve the Arkansas legal community, the school provides two hours of general CLE and one hour of ethics free-of-charge.

The half-day event began in 2005 and is typically held on the first Saturday in March.

Previous topics have included:

The Law of Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies
Supreme Court Criminal Law Update
Professionalism & Civility Before the Magistrate: A View from the Bench
Making Sense of Executive Action – Recent Issues in Immigration
’The Godfather’ teaches Legal Ethics
The Washington Redskins, Mardi Gras and High End Fashion: Selected Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law
10th Annual (2015)
Making Sense of Executive Action – Recent Issues in Immigration, presented by Professor Elizabeth Young (2015)
’The Godfather’ teaches Legal Ethics, presented by Professor Howard Brill (2015)
The Washington Redskins, Mardi Gras and High End Fashion: Selected Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law, presented by Professor Uche Ewelukwa (2015)
8th Annual (2013)
Mandating Ethics for Issuers of Payment Devices, presented by Professor Mary Elizabeth Matthews (2013)
Lawyering Across Language Difference: Representation of Limited English Proficient Clients, presented by Professor Annie Smith (2013)
Why You Should Know/Care About the National Labor Relations Act, presented by Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law Cynthia Nance (2013)
7th Annual (2012)
The Man in Black: Lessons in the Law from the Life and Music of Johnny Cash, presented by Professor Howard Brill (2012)
Native American Law for the Arkansas Practitioner, presented by Dean Stacy Leeds (2012)
Ethical Issues with Client Trust Accounts and Attorney Fees, presented by Stark Ligon, Executive Director & Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Arkansas Supreme Court (2012)
6th Annual (2011)
The Arkansas Animal Anti-Cruelty Act, presented by Professor Karen Koch
Are You More Ethical Than a 3L?, presented by Professor Howard Brill and Professor D’lorah Hughes
The Implications of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Class Action Litigation, presented by Professor Dustin Buchler
5th Annual (2010)
Collaborative Client Interviewing and Counseling, presented by Professor David Bailey
The Razorbacks, the NCAA, and the Law: 1995-2010 Ethical Lessons for Lawyers, presented by Professor Howard Brill
Protecting U.S. Intellectual Property Rights in China: Recent Developments in Trade Law and Trade Litigation, presented by Professor Uche Ewelukwa
4th Annual (2009)
Discharge by Declaration of Educational Debts in Bankruptcy Without Showing Undue Hardship, presented by Professor Janet Flaccus
An Update on Sustainable Construction Programs Around the Nation: Trends and Developments in Green Building Incentives, presented by Professor Carl Circo
Current Developments in Legal Ethics, presented by Professor Howard Brill
Overview of American Judicial System, presented by Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber
First/Sixth Amendments – gag orders, other inherent tensions, presented by Judge Keith, John Watkins, David Raupp and Tim Buckley
Role of the Courts Defining Press Rights – Media Law Basics, presented by Professor Steve Sheppard
Cameras in the Courtroom, presented by Justice Robert L. “Bob” Brown
Reporter’s Confidential Sources – From the Court’s Perspective presented by Justice Imber, Justice Brown, Kent McLemore, moderator Professor Hoyt Purvis
Ask a Judge: Question and Answer Period, presented by Justices Imber and Brown, Judge Mark Lindsay
Priority Practice: Suggestions and Ideas to Help Any Law Practice Become Better, More Productive, and Less Stressful, presented by John Everett and John Booth Farese