Conversations with the Academy podcast

Conversations with the AcademyConversations with the Academy explores the scholarship and background of some of the nation’s leading legal scholars. This monthly podcast, brought to you by the University of Arkansas School of Law, features wide-ranging interviews with renowned legal academics from all over the country. Co-hosted by School of Law Director of Communications Darinda Sharp and Academic Programs Coordinator Collin Hesse.

Conversations with the Academy is available via iTunes or Soundcloud.



Episode 10: The Intersection of Law and Entrepreneurship featuring Theresa Fette
Theresa FetteTheresa Fette is the founder and CEO of Provident Trust Group. An alumna of the University of Arkansas the School of Law and Sam M. Walton College of Business, she discusses her career and memories from her days at the U of A. Fette was on campus in March of 2016 to receive the Gayle Pettus Pontz Award from the Women Law Students' Association. | 16:35 minutes; published October 18, 2017


Episode 9: Farming and Agricultural Law featuring Allen Olson
Allen OlsonAllen Olson, an agricultural attorney and visiting professor in the University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, discusses his practice and teaching. He is an alumnus of the law school’s LL.M. Program who represents farmers, ranchers and related businesses in Georgia and nationwide. He was on campus in February of 2017 to teach a four-day intensive course titled "Representing Farmers: Farm Programs, Crop Insurance and a Few Other Things You Need to Know." | 14:04 minutes; published September 21, 2017


Episode 8: Vikram Amar
Vikram AmarVikram Amar, dean and Iwan Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses his research on state and federal constitutions. Amar was on campus in January of 2016 to serve as keynote for the law school’s annual Arkansas Law Review Symposium.| 25:16 minutes; published August 18, 2017


Episode 7: Connie Lewis Lensing
Connie Lewis LensingUniversity of Arkansas alumna and senior vice president of litigation and employment at FedEx Express Connie Lewis Lensing was on campus in March of 2016 to accept the Gayle Pettus Pontz award. While on campus, she discussed her career path, her memories of law school and the importance of passion. | 18:40 minutes; published July 20, 2017


Episode 6: John Newman
John NewmanExplore the Myth of Free with John Newman, assistant professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He was on campus in March of 2016 for the University of Arkansas School of Law’s speaker exchange series. | 9:11 minutes; published June 21, 2017


Episode 5: Michael Vandenbergh
Michael VandenberghMichael Vandenbergh, the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, talks with Darinda Sharp about his research on climate change and the law. He was on campus in March of 2016 as part of the University of Arkansas School of Law’s speaker exchange program. | 21:46 minutes; published May 17, 2017


Episode 4: David Epstein
David EpsteinDavid Epstein, the George E. Allen Chair at the University of Richmond School of Law and former dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, was on campus in February of 2016 as part of the University of Arkansas School of Law’s speaker exchange program. He and Darinda Sharp discuss his research on third party beneficiary law. | 17:04 minutes; published April 19, 2017


Episode 3: Joel Goldstein
Joel GoldsteinVice presidential scholar Joel Goldstein discusses his research with Darinda Sharp. Goldstein, the Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, was on campus in April of 2016 as part of the Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and Liberal Arts. | 21:22 minutes; published March 21, 2017


Episode 2: Stacey Lantagne
Stacey LantagneDarinda Sharp and Stacey Lantagne, assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, discuss her research on fan fiction and the law. Lantagne was on campus in February of 2016 as part of the University of Arkansas School of Law’s speaker exchange program. | 28:17 minutes; published March 21, 2017


Episode 1: Deborah Jones Merritt
Deborah Jones MerrittIn this inaugural episode, Darinda Sharp talks with Deborah Jones Merritt, the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at Ohio State University. Merritt talks about her research in cognitive science and the law. She was on campus in November of 2015 as part of the Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and Liberal Arts. | 32:52 minutes; published February 24, 2017