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Will Foster

Will Foster

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law

Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor

(LAWD)-Dean of Law


Phone: 479-575-3059

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Professor Foster’s teaching and research focus primarily on business law, tax, and transactional matters. His current courses include Business Organizations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Counsel Colloquium, Tax Policy, and Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities. His law review articles and other writings span a wide range of topics related to transactional and tax law.  He has also spoken extensively on law teaching and the development of business and transactional law programs. 

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Professor Foster was an associate professor at Washburn University School of Law from 2010-2014, and an attorney at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP, in Fayetteville, Arkansas from 2006-2010, where his practice consisted primarily of tax, private equity, and corporate matters. 

Professor Foster was named Professor of the Year by the graduating law students at Washburn University in 2013 and at the University of Arkansas in 2016.

Professor Foster received his B.S., summa cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas, his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Arkansas, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

His publications include “The Gallerist’s Gambit: Financial Innovation, Tax Law, and the Making of the Contemporary Art Market,” (with Michael W. Maisels), 42 Colum. J. L. & Arts 479 (2019); “When to Praise the Machine: The Promise and Perils of Automated Transactional Drafting,” (with Drew Lawson), 69 S. C. L. Rev. 597 (2018); "Enduring Design for Business Entities", 2015 Utah L. Rev. 915 (2015); "Muddying the Waterfall: How Ambiguous Liability Statutes Distort Creditor Priorities in Condominium Foreclosures" (with Andrea J. Boyack) 67 Ark. L. Rev. 225 (2014);  "Memorializing the Meal: An Analogical Exercise for Transactional Drafting" (with Emily Grant) 36 U. Haw. L. Rev. 403 (2014); "Partisan Politics and Income Tax Rates", 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 703 (2013); and "Making Plaintiffs Whole: a Tax Problem of Interest," 64 Okla. L. Rev. 325 (2012). His blog posts on tax reform have appeared on the Huffington Post.