Faculty News

May 2018

Two Join Faculty

Professor Khaled Beydoun and Professor Beth Zilberman will join the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law effecive July 1.

Zilberman, who will begin teaching the Immigration Clinic in August, has most recently served as a teaching fellow at the Michigan State University College of Law. She co-taught that school’s immigration clinic. She is a graduate of the Boston College Law School and was a clinical Fellow at that school’s Immigration Clinic.

Beydoun most recently was an associate professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy and he specializes in the areas of national security; civil rights and the formation of Arab and Muslim American legal identity; constitutional law with special emphasis on the First and Fourteenth Amendments; and race, religion and citizenship. Beydoun is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

Beydoun, who will not assume teaching duties until the spring 2019 semester, has hit the ground running. He has been invited to present his work on race and religion, focusing on a proposed project examining the role of religion in constructing and cultivating whiteness at the ninth annual John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop. This workshop brings together black male legal scholars from around the country to share their work and this year will be hosted by the UCLA School of Law July 5-8.

Howard Brill

Professor Howard Brill has been invited to speak at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, to be held at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, May 30-June 1. His presentation “Lawyers in the Baseball Hall of Fame” is a discussion of 11 lawyers who have been inducted, including Kennesaw Mountain Landis, a federal judge and the first Commissioner of Baseball, Branch Rickey, a player turned sports executive and who is credited with breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson and Tony LaRussa a former player who became manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Brill has spoken at two previous symposiums, presenting “Baseball Players Testifying Before Congress” and “Baseball Mascots and the Law.”

Christopher Kelley

Professor Christopher Kelley taught at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University Law Faculty in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 7. He also met with the editor of the Kyiv-Mohyla Journal of Law and Politics for which he is a copy editor.

Rob Leflar

Professor Rob Leflar’s article “Japanese Patient Safety Reforms in an International Context” will appear in volume 14 of the Japanese Journal of Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Leflar presented the paper at the fourth annual Great Lakes International and Comparative Law Colloquium at the Kansas University School of Law on May 9.

While on part-time off-campus duty during the spring, Leflar taught a political science class titled "Health Policy: Reforming the American Health Care System" at Hendrix College in Conway.

Jill Lens

Professor Jill Lens was invited to the first Notre Dame Law School's Remedies Roundtable happening June 13-14 in Chicago. She will be presenting a work-in-progress titled “Wrongful Death, Children, and Punitive Damages.”

Lens wrote “Recognizing Stillborn Babies Doesn’t Threaten Abortion Rights,” an op-ed that appeared in the May 8 edition of the Huffington Post. In the article, Lens argues that proper tort recognition of stillbirth does not threaten abortion rights and explains that the ongoing abortion debate has affected the treatment of stillbirth in tort law, although stillbirth and abortion are unrelated. Lens further explains why no legal tension exists. It is possible to recognize and compensate parents for their grief in negligent cases, while still recognizing and protecting other women's right to choose.

Lens also wrote a short, personal piece for the May 12 edition of the Huffington Post titled “I Gave Birth to a Stillborn Baby. Here Is My Heartbreaking Story.” The article is about her son Caleb, and the daunting task of facing the first Mother’s Day after his death.

Annie Smith

Professor Annie Smith gave three, one-hour CLE presentations at the Rotary Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking, held April 30 in Springdale. Her presentations were: “Human Trafficking 101,” “Tales of Local Labor Trafficking,” and “Civil Litigation on Behalf of Trafficking Survivors.” She also participated in “Human Trafficking in the United States,” a panel discussion moderated by Duane “Dak” Kees (J.D. ’00), the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. The event was co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Fayetteville and Springdale.

Tim Tarvin

Professor Tim Tarvin and Katy Cario (J.D. ’18) presented a program on the legal services available to nonprofit organizations through the University of Arkansas School of Law Legal Clinic at an event hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Center for Nonprofits. The event was held at the Jones Center in Springdale on March 28.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Jordan Woods’ article, “Policing, Danger Narratives, and Routine Traffic Stops,” forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, was accepted to the 2018 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this summer. The article was selected through a blind submission process and presents the largest empirical study to date on violence against the police during routine traffic stops.