Faculty News

March 2018

Mark Killenbeck

Professor Killenbeck, along with Farah Peterson of the University of Virginia School of Law, appeared on the first episode of Landmark Cases season 2, televised live on C-SPAN Feb. 26. The program, a joint production of C-SPAN and the National Constitution Center, will explore 12 important Supreme Court cases this season. Killenbeck and Peterson discussed the 1819 case of McCulloch v. Maryland. Killenbeck is a widely recognized authority on the case and is author of M’Culloch v. Maryland: Securing a Nation, the first published book devoted exclusively to the case.

Johnathan Marshfield

Professor Marshfield will give the keynote address at the New England Law Review annual spring symposium in Boston on April 5. He will present his new article “Courts and Informal Constitutional Change in the States.” The article, which will appear in Vol. 52 of the journal, builds on his prior empirical work investigating the relationship between formal amendment of constitutional texts and judicial review. Drawing on an original dataset of more than 5,000 state high-court cases, Marshfield found that courts do not shy away from transformative judicial rulings even when formal amendment is relatively frequent and accessible. Marshfield concludes that such judicial rulings are especially prevalent in issues regarding individual rights.

New England Law Professor Lawrence Friedman and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Scott Kafker will present oral commentary on Marshfield’s article as part of the symposium program. James A. Gardner of the University of Buffalo School of Law, Robert F. Williams of Rutgers University School of Law, Justin R. Long of Wayne State University School of Law and Yaniv Rozani of Israel’s Radzyner School of Law have provided written commentary that will appear in Vol. 52 along with the article.

Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile participated in a panel discussion on immigration and migration titled “Fearless Conversations: Immigration and Migration in the United States” on March 27. The panel discussion, organized by the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, was part of a series of discussions designed to create an open dialogue on timely, and divisive, topics.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods’ article "Policing, Danger Narratives, and Routine Traffic Stops" has been accepted for publication in Vol. 17 of the Michigan Law Review. The article, scheduled for publication in February 2019, provides the most comprehensive study to date on violence against law enforcement officers during routine traffic stops. Woods proposes law and policy changes based on the findings.

Wood’s article "Religious Exemptions and LGBTQ Child Welfare" has been accepted for publication in Vol. 103 of the Minnesota Law Review. The article, scheduled for publication in spring 2019, evaluates the effect of the proliferation of religious exemption laws on the treatment of LGBTQ youth and children in the child welfare system. Woods presented the article as part of a U of A faculty exchange on Feb. 28 at Pace Law School in New York.

February 2018

Carol Goforth

Professor Carol Goforth’s article “I Understand C and S corporations, but what are B Corporations?” will be published in the March edition of Arkansas Law Notes. The brief piece focuses on the Arkansas Benefit Corporation Act, which is intended to provide statutory authorization for businesses adopting a hybrid profit-public benefit model of corporate governance. This article covers the requirements to become and operate as an Arkansas Benefit Corporation, and it addresses possible benefits and costs of the choice.

Christopher Kelley

Professor Kelley taught at the Pridnestrovian State University Law Faculty in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic on Feb. 12. He met with the faculty and students to discuss the U.S. legal education system. The United States Embassy in Moldova arranged the forum. Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, a self-proclaimed country also known as Transnistria, has an area of approximately 1,600 square miles and is located between Moldova and Ukraine.

Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile’s two-part commentary series on the dynamic landscape of trade secret law appeared in early February editions of Jurist. “Trade Secrets, Tech Innovations and the Changing Legal Landscape” appeared in the publication’s online edition on Feb. 6 and “Trade Secrets: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” on Feb. 8. In the op-ed commentary pieces, she discusses current legal trends in trade secrets and the provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA).

Kathryn Sampson

Professor Sampson, along with students and law school faculty, wrapped up another regional advocacy competition at the law school on Feb. 3. Teams from Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas and Oklahoma traveled to Fayetteville for the Region 10 ABA Client Counseling Competition. This year’s regional competition is the fourth Sampson has helped manage since she began her role as director of competitions in 2013.

Also in her role as director of competitions, Sampson coordinates preparations for the Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition. Recruiting and scheduling 55-60 judges to preside over the two preliminary rounds, quarterfinals and semi-final rounds is a formidable and important task. Alumni and friends look forward to returning to campus to judge the events and remain engaged with the School of Law. The 2018 competition begins Feb. 27 and concludes on March 9 with the championship round scheduled for 2 p.m. in the E.J. Ball Courtroom.

Annie Smith

Professor Smith participated in AETN’s Jan. 18 episode of Arkansans Ask. The live program included a panel discussion among state experts on human trafficking, moderated by Steve Barnes. Smith, through a prerecorded interview with Barnes, identified the exploitation of victim vulnerability as the common thread to all cases of human trafficking. She cited fears of physical harm, harm to family, deportation and loss of property in country of origin as examples of common vulnerabilities. Over the course of her career, Smith has represented clients in at least two dozen cases of human trafficking and specializes in labor trafficking.

January 2018

Jill Wieber Lens

Professor Lens joined the University of Arkansas School of Law faculty as associate professor in January. Lens comes to Fayetteville by way of Waco, Texas, where she was a member of the faculty at Baylor University Law School since 2010. Her research interests include tort remedies and punitive damages. Lens is teaching Torts this spring.

Lens' article “Stays Pending Appeal: Why the Merits Should Not Matter” was cited last year by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in its denial of temporary relief in Texas v. United States, the challenge to Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The article will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Florida State University Law Review.

Lens returns to the law school after serving as a visiting associate professor of law during the fall 2016 semester. She is a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended the University of Iowa College of Law where she graduated with highest honors. She is married to Joshua Lens, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas. The couple has two daughters, Hannah and Gretchen.

Howard Brill

Professor Brill published the 2017 supplement to Arkansas Law of Damages. The supplement includes cases, statutes and scholarly articles that have affected the law of damages in Arkansas since 2016. 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.

Carl Circo

Professor Circo’s article “Introducing Law Students to the Inside Counsel Role” appeared in the December 2017 edition of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law Newsletter. In the article, Circo invites construction lawyers to serve as field supervisors for law school externships in which law students have the opportunity to work with corporate counsel. Circo draws on experience gleaned from the University of Arkansas School of Law's Corporate Counsel Externship Program. He suggests that construction lawyers collaborate with law schools to provide externship placements designed to expose students to the unique roles of lawyers practicing in the legal departments of construction and design firms.

Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile's article "The Right of Publicity Q&A: Arkansas' Publicity Rights Protection Act of 2016" appeared as an academic commentary in the Nov. 15, 2017, edition of Jurist. Using a question and answer format, Ewelukwa Ofodile discussed the key provisions of the Frank Broyles Right of Publicity Act of 2016. The article is an adaptation of an earlier article, “The Frank Broyles Right of Publicity Statute: Potential Minefields,” which appeared in the spring 2017 issue of The Arkansas Lawyer. Ewelukwa Ofodile’s goal is to reach non-lawyers and global audience.

Janie Hipp

Janie Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, participated in a roundtable discussion, “Advancing Native Food Traditions for Indian Country” hosted by the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. Participants discussed ways the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture can support efforts to grow and expand access to foods traditionally and historically cultivated by Native American tribes with an emphasis on connecting ideas to policy in contemplation of the upcoming farm bill.

Christopher Kelley

Professor Kelley taught Negotiation at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty and the Belarusian State University Economics Faculty Dec. 4-5, 2017. He also concluded a distance legal writing course at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, which included an in-person session with his students on Dec. 6.

Rob Leflar

Professor Leflar taught U.S. Products Liability Law at National Chiao Tung University School of Law in Taiwan during the fall 2017 semester. While teaching at National Chiao Tung University, Leflar gave seven guest lectures on different aspects of U.S. medical law in cities throughout Taiwan and Japan.

Leflar presented “Medical Injury, Patient Safety Reforms, and the Law in Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S.” at the Asian Law and Society Association annual conference held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Dec. 15, 2017.

Leflar is the 2018 chair of the East Asian Law and Society Section of the American Association of Law Schools. At the AALS annual conference, held Jan. 4-6 in San Diego, he honored section founder Setsuo Miyazawa at the section luncheon and business meeting, served as moderator of section's Call-for-Papers session and co-moderated the session on "New Directions in U.S.-Based Law Studies for Foreigners."

Laurent Sacharoff

Professor Sacharoff has been named fellow of the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy. The university announced the induction in a Jan. 19 news release. The academy, established in 1988 by then-Chancellor Dan Ferritor, is a society committed to excellence in teaching at the University of Arkansas. Its mission is to advocate and represent teaching interests, promote and stimulate an environment of teaching and learning excellence, and encourage recognition and reward exceptional teaching.

Kathryn Sampson

Professor Sampson, director of competitions and capstone courses, serves as Board of Advocates adviser, coordinator of trial competition activities and Capstone Course coordinator. The school’s 2017 National Moot Court Team (Josie Graves, Aaron Cochran and Jack Phillips) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region IX National Moot Court Competition held Nov. 15-16 in New York City. A narrow margin of 0.16 points placed the team in a difficult seed moving into the knock out round.

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) celebrated its fifth year of offering its Trial Practice Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas School of Law at the end of the fall semester. Sampson, along with adjunct professor David Matthews, co-facilitated this year’s series. The Trial Practice Lecture Series is organized by ABOTA to educate the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury and is taught by local members of the bench and bar.

The fall 2017 Capstone Course brought 27 area lawyers to campus to talk with students about legal careers. The course provides students with essential information regarding career paths and provides an opportunity for professional networking. The course also keeps alumni and other legal professionals engaged in the school and its success.

Susan Schneider

Professor Schneider taught at the Food Law Student Leadership Summit, held Nov. 17-19, 2017, at the University of California Los Angeles. Schneider was one of eight professors selected to teach at the event co-hosted by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and UCLA School of Law’s Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Schneider has taught at the summit since its inception in 2015.

In October, Schneider delivered a plenary session, “2017 Food Law Update,” at the American Agricultural Law Association Annual Symposium held in Louisville, Kentucky. She was also a panelist for “What is Food Law and Policy and Why Should an Agricultural Law Attorney Care?”

Schneider’s article “Moving in Opposite Directions? Exploring Trends in Consumer Demand and Agricultural Production” is in Vol. 43, No. 2 of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. In the article, Schneider explores two divergent trends in the American food system: (1) consumer demand for sustainably produced “real” food and (2) the consolidation and industrialization of agricultural production brought about by economic and political forces. The article concludes by offering some signs that the future may provide hope for reconciliation, moving our food system in a positive, healthy and sustainable direction.