Faculty News

November 2017

Howard Brill

Professor Brill addressed the Arkansas Judicial Council at its fall meeting held Oct. 12 in Little Rock. Brill spoke on criminal contempt by lawyers, civil coercive contempt, limited scope of representation and judicial speech on and off the bench. The Arkansas Judicial Council consists of all current and retired judges of the state circuit courts and the Arkansas Court of Appeals, justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court and the director of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts.

Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile was instrumental in the production of two chapters of the 2018 The Year in Review, the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s annual survey of law from around the world. The publication is the most widely distributed U.S. international law survey with approximately 22,000 readers in more than 90 countries. Ewelukwa Ofodile, along with co-author Alain Bohn, wrote the “Bribery and Corruption” chapter for the forthcoming volume. The chapter focuses heavily on corporate compliance and enforcement matters as they pertain to bribery and corruption. Ewelukwa Ofodile also served as editor and co-author of “International Investment and Development,” a chapter identifying and discussing key developments of 2017 in the arena of international investment law. Topics include bilateral investment treaties negotiated and signed during the year, decisions of arbitral tribunals on claims brought by multinational corporations against states and foreign governments, and developments in the domestic investment policy of countries such as Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Tunisia, Laos and Serbia.

Ewelukwa Ofodile also authored “Samsung Verdict, Corporate Governance, and the fight against Bribery and Corruption: Five Useful Lessons for Africa,” an op-ed for Businessday, one of Nigeria’s major newspapers. In the article, she addresses the 2017 corruption conviction of Samsung’s billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong and identifies lessons African countries can take away from the case.

Rob Leflar

Professor Leflar presented “Patient Safety and Law Reform: A Transpacific Comparative Analysis” at the International Conference Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Society of Law and Medicine in Taipei, Taiwan, on Nov. 11.

Tim Tarvin and Sara Gosman

Professors Tarvin and Gosman participated in a panel discussion as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge Workshop on Sept. 10, where they addressed financial and legal issues specific to low and moderate income solar consumers. The workshop was part of the 2017 Solar Power International Conference held Sept. 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods’ article “Routine Traffic Stops and Violence Against the Police” was selected as the second runner-up in the 2017 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Criminal Justice Section (CJS) Junior Scholars Competition. In the paper, Woods provides an original qualitative study of violence against the police during routine traffic stops. The CJS promotes the development of the scholarly, pedagogic and public service efforts of section members and will honor Woods at a luncheon to be held as part of the 112th AALS Annual Meeting scheduled for Jan. 3-6, 2018, in San Diego.

Woods also presented the paper at the American Bar Association-Association of American Law Schools Criminal Justice Section work-in-progress academic roundtable at the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section Annual Fall Institute held Nov. 2-5 in Washington, D.C.

October 2017

Carl Circo

Professor Circo co-authored “Rethinking Rights of First Refusal, Rights of First Offer, and Options to Purchase,” an article appearing in vol. 31, no. 5 of Probate and Property. In the article, the authors examine challenges and recommend careful drafting approaches and sound deal structuring for these frequently used preemptive rights. They explore rights of first refusal, rights of first offer and options to purchase real estate and argue careful planning and negotiation, precise and comprehensive drafting and continuous monitoring are necessary to achieve the parties’ objectives, anticipate possible title and title insurance problems and avoid disputes. Circo’s co-authors include two lawyers, Kathryn Allen and Beat Steiner with national law practices, Wilhelmina Knightlinger of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and University of Arkansas 3L KenDrell Collins.

William Foster

Associate Dean Foster gave a one-hour CLE presentation at the 33rd Annual Western Arkansas Trial Practice Seminar held in Fayetteville on Sept. 15. The presentation, titled “Judicial Shaming of Lawyers: Raising the Bar or Lowering the Bench,” addressed the ethical implications of bench reprimands.

Christopher Kelly

Professor Kelley has been appointed as co-chair of the executive committee planning the 2019 American Bar Association’s International Legal Exchange Program (ILEX) trip to Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. The annual trips are organized by the Section of International Law with the goal of promoting worldwide understanding through the exchange of ideas and programs. ILEX trips usually include 20-25 ABA leaders and include the ABA president. A United States Supreme Court justice often participates in all, or a portion, of the trip.

Rob Leflar

Professor Leflar presented "Death, Dying and the Law in America and Abroad" at National Chiao Tung University School of Law in Taiwan on Sept. 28. Drawing on laws and court decisions in the Netherlands, Japan, Canada and the United States, Leflar reviewed legal rules, medical ethics and practices related to four types of decisions: refusal of life-sustaining treatment by competent patients; withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment for patients lacking competence; physician-assisted suicide; and euthanasia. Leflar is teaching products liability law in Taiwan during the fall semester while researching comparative health law issues.

Cynthia Nance

Dean Emeritus Nance was honored with the University of Iowa College of Law’s 2017 alumni service award. Nance was selected in recognition of significant accomplishments in her career and service to the college, university, state and nation. Nance’s service as the Eighth Circuit member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and service to the Arkansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission were highlighted. Nance is 1990 graduate of the University Of Iowa College of Law.

Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile delivered a lecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, titled “Architectural Piracy: Copyrights and Architectural Works in the Age of Digital Technology” on Oct. 12. The lecture was presented to roughly 60 students enrolled in the school’s Architecture Professional Practice course. In her lecture, Ewelukwa Ofodile discussed the challenges of protecting architectural works under the Copyright Act of 1976, the threats of architectural piracy in foreign jurisdictions and recent case law on the subject.

On Oct. 18, Ewelukwa Ofodile participated in a panel discussion organized by the University of Arkansas to mark the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs’ Global Ethics Day 2017. Academic institutions worldwide organized events to heighten awareness of ethics in international matters. Ewelukwa Ofodile is a 2003-04 recipient of a fellowship award from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International affairs.

Susan Schneider

Professor Schneider, and Emily Broad Leib of Harvand Law School, are serving as co-chairs of the board of trustees of the new Academy of Food Law and Policy. The professional association, formed last year, is a membership association for those teaching and writing in the area of food law and policy. The academy has 77 academic members and 14 university sponsors. This month, the academy produced its first newsletter reporting on member scholarship and association activity. LL.M. candidate and graduate assistant Erika Dunyak designed the newsletter and serves as the academy's executive director.

September 2017

Carol Goforth

Professor Goforth’s article, “Making the Case of ULLCA in Arkansas,” will be published in the forthcoming issue of the UALR Law Review. The article argues that Arkansas' current LLC Act is ambiguous, confusing, idiosyncratic and hard to work with for lawyers and business owners. By focusing on a handful of the problematic aspects of the state’s current statute, Goforth illustrates the difficulties it creates and makes the case that a range of benefits would follow from the state replacing the current Arkansas LLC act with the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (ULLCA) (2013).

Mary Beth Matthews

Professor Matthews has written a review of J. W. Looney’s recent book Distinguishing the Righteous from the Roguish: The Arkansas Supreme Court 1836-1874. The review will appear in Volume 52, No. 3 of The Arkansas Lawyer. Looney served as dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law between 1982 and 1990.

Annie Smith

Professor Smith is slated to speak two times at the Statewide Conference of Legal Aid Providers to be held at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville on October 12-13. Legal Aid of Arkansas organizes the annual conference. Smith’s first presentation is a discussion of advocacy on behalf of human trafficking survivors. Her second presentation, titled "Trauma Informed Care," is a joint presentation with Alex Dopp, an assistant professor in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Psychological Science.

Jordan Woods

Professor Woods received the New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment from the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center in September. The center, established in 1992, promotes innovation in teaching and learning by providing programs, symposiums, teaching camps and grants for new faculty and teachers.