Professor Lonnie Beard began teaching at the School of Law in 1983. He served as the director of the graduate law program from 1994 to 2000 and has served as associate dean for academic affairs on two prior occasions. His primary teaching and research interest is in the area of taxation, particularly the taxation of business entities.
Professor Beard has twice served as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. His practice career included stints as a trial defense attorney with the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate and with a small firm in San Diego, where his work was primarily in the areas of business and estate planning.
He earned his B.A. at Arkansas State University, his J.D. at the University of Arkansas, and his LL.M. from New York University. He was admitted to practice in Arkansas and Iowa in 1975 and in California in 1979.