Faculty News

October 2018

Khaled A. Beydoun

Professor Beydoun taught a short course called “American Islamophobia: Policing Muslim Identity During the War on Terror” at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Race and Ethnicity for Defense Lawyers held Sept. 21-23 at the New York University School of Law.

Carl Circo

Professor Circo, with assistance from third-year law student Kameron Richards, recently accepted a new client in the Habitat for Humanity Wills Project. The project has been a pro bono service of the School of Law since 2005. The program enables Circo to accept referrals from the Washington and Benton County affiliates of Habitat for Humanity. In addition to filling a need in the community for estate planning services to clients of modest means, the program affords law students the opportunity to hone estate planning skills while working with real clients under the supervision of a professor. Habitat for Humanity encourages a range of financial planning for their homeowners. For most clients, the home represents their primary financial asset and a simple estate plan is needed to make sure the home passes in accordance with their desires at death. The Wills Project also helps clients with powers of attorney, living wills and beneficiary designations for life insurance and retirement plans.

Uchè Ewelukwa Ofodile

Professor Ewelukwa Ofodile received one of 11 grants awarded by the University of Arkansas Women’s Giving Circle at the organization’s fall voting event on Oct. 19. Ewelukwa Ofodile received $7,500 to help fund a one-day patent bootcamp for women and minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – also known as STEM fields. The Women’s Giving Circle encourages women as philanthropic leaders and is made up of University of Arkansas alumni, faculty, staff and friends. The organization received 26 proposals this year. In addition to their grant funding, the group sponsored two scholarships, bringing its 2018 investment into the university to $100,000.

Carol Goforth

Professor Goforth published “Making the Case for the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act in Arkansas,” in Vol. 40, No.2 of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review. In the article, Goforth details several issues with the current Arkansas LLC Act and suggests the state would be better served by the adoption of the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (ULLCA) created by the Uniform Law Commission in 1994 and most recently revised in 2013. She also examines some of the most significant issues created by the act, such as the requirement that LLCs have a written operating agreement, ambiguities regarding fiduciary duties and the failure of the act to provide the option to remove members engaged in illegal and unethical practices without dissolving the company.

Sara Gosman

Professor Gosman’s expertise in pipeline safety is widely recognized through publications and by selection for leadership roles in public policy organizations seeking to improve pipeline safety. This month, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will publish a peer-reviewed report by Gosman and other members of a study committee on the safety regulation of small propane pipeline systems. In the report, the authors describe the safety issues and legal framework governing propane systems, then recommend three improvements to the regulatory system: (1) Congress should clarify the scope of the regulatory program; (2) federal and state regulators should gather more information on the jurisdictional small systems and their safety performance; and (3) states should develop waiver programs that allow operators of small systems to opt out of certain safety requirements if the systems pose a low risk. The committee, created at the request of Congress, is composed of academics, regulators and other experts. The members met several times over the past year to study the topic and develop consensus on the recommendations.

Gosman is a public member of a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Tranportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the agency that regulates the safety of energy pipelines. She and other members of the committee meet regularly in Washington, D.C., to review proposed natural gas pipeline safety rules, taking into account the technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness and practicability of the rules. Gosman brings her knowledge on risk regulation to the committee discussions. The committee, which includes fellow academics from various disciplines along with governmental and industry members, is currently reviewing a large and controversial proposed rule called the “Gas Mega Rule.” The directives, when issued, will govern gas pipeline management issues such as maximum allowable operating pressure, integrity management and repair criteria.

Gosman was recently elected president of the board of directors of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to pipeline safety. She has been a member of the board since 2012. She soke at the organization’s annual conference held Oct. 18-19 in New Orleans.

Stacy Leeds

Vice chancellor and professor Leeds presented “Beyond an Emergency Declaration: Tribal Governments and the Opioid Crisis” at the 2018 Kansas Law Review Symposium held Sept. 21 in Lawrence, Kansas. The symposium was titled Addicted: Legal Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic and featured scholars from across the country.

Christopher Kelley

Professor Kelley had a successful day promoting and teaching legal writing in English in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 17. He met with representatives of the Nobles Law Firm, which led to the firm’s decision to promote better legal writing in Ukraine as its social change project. Nobles specializes in international business law and is composed of 25 professionals. Kelley also taught legal writing in English that day at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University Law Faculty.

Susan Schneider

Professor Schneider served as a discussant and a presenter at the convening conference of the Academy of Food Law and Policy held Oct. 5 at Harvard Law School. The newly-created professional association was formed by a board composed of faculty who teach and write in the area of food law and policy and includes Schneider and Dean Margaret Sova McCabe. Its sponsors include: University of Arkansas School of Law, Berkeley Law, Drake University Law, Harvard Law School, University of Hawaii at Mănoa William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law, University of Nebraska Law, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law, UCLA School of Law, Vermont Law School and Yale Law School. Schneider serves as co-chair of the board of trustees of the academy. Three University of Arkansas School of Law LL.M. alumni attended the conference: Marne Coit who teaches at North Carolina State University, Vivek Neme who just completed his Ph.D. at the University of New England in Australia and will be joining the faculty there as an instructor and Erika Dunyak who is a clinical fellow at the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.

September 2018

Khaled A. Beydoun

Professor Beydoun will be a scholar in residence at the University of California Berkeley School of Law Oct. 1-7. While on the Berkeley campus, he will participate in community events, meet with the students and faculty of the law school and deliver lectures including the Ruth Chance Lecture on Oct. 4.

Will Foster

Associate Dean Will Foster and Michael Maizels, an assistant professor of art history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, co-authored “The Gallerist’s Gambit: Financial Innovation, Tax Law, and the Making of the Contemporary Art Market,” an essay that has been accepted for publication by the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. In the essay, the authors examine the ways in which an innovative art gallerist, Leo Castelli, developed financial arrangements that fostered the creation of a self-sustaining American art market in the 1960s. They demonstrate how Castelli promoted his stable of Pop artists by branding, controlling markets and streamlining the supply of their work. They further explain how Castelli’s clients benefited from the relatively generous income tax deduction and the anemic enforcement regime of the time by purchasing art and then making charitable contributions, supported by aggressive appraisals, soon thereafter. The scholars provide a new account of financial and legal mechanisms underpinning the American art market and explore policy and procedural lessons for lawmakers.

Carol Goforth

Professor Goforth has authored “How Blockchain Could Increase the Need for and Availability of Contractual Ordering For Companies and their Investors.” In the article, which will appear in a forthcoming volume of the North Dakota Law Review, she examines how cryptoassets, such as equity tokens, might change the nature of structural relationships between companies and investors. Traditionally, corporate law theorists have argued about whether business organization law should allow for greater private ordering of relationships between companies and their investors. With the advent of blockchain and tokenized investment opportunities, an entirely new perspective on contractual ordering has appeared. With tokenized interests, not only is private ordering available to an extent never before seen in modern America, it is now required because of the absence of default rules governing the relationships between company and investor. Goforth’s scholarship explores the risks and potential benefits of this new frontier, and includes an overview of the wide range of topics that will need to be considered in a private ordering environment.

Christopher Kelley

Professor Kelley’s article “Internationalizing the U.S. Law School Classroom: Lessons Learned from Transnational Teaching,” co-authored with Natalliia Borozdina, has been accepted for publication in The International Lawyer, a peer-reviewed journal associated with the American Bar Association Section of International Law. In the article, Kelley and Brozdina offer lessons learned over four years of teaching the Rule of Law Colloquium, in real time, to students of the University of Arkansas School of Law and Ukrainian law students. The joint colloquium is facilitated through the use of the distance education equipment in the LL.M. classroom. Borozdina is a Russian master's student and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Arkansas. Her co-authorship of the article was supported by a grant from the State Department's Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program. The article also includes lessons from International Commercial Arbitration, a course taught by Kelley; Anna Kozmenko, a highly-rated international arbitrator practicing in Zurich; and James Menz, a German-American with extensive international arbitration experience who serves as the German Institution of Arbitration's deputy secretary and head of case management in Cologne.

Jill Wieber Lens

Professor Lens’ article “Tort Law's Devaluation of Stillbirth” has been accepted for publication in the Nevada Law Journal. In the article, she uses feminist legal theory and empirical research conducted among parents who have experienced stillbirth to describe how tort law devalues the situation and the lost child. Some examples include states that deny a wrongful death claim for the death of the child, or common references to that child as just a "fetus." Lens also describes how proper legal recognition of stillbirth does not infringe on abortion rights.

Laurent Sacharoff

Professor Sacharoff published “Russia Gave Bots a Bad Name. Here’s Why We Need Them More Than Ever,” in the Aug. 14 issue of Politico magazine. In the article, he examines the positive use of bots and recent case law surrounding the use of the technology.

Annie Smith

Professor Smith and Jennifer Lee, associate clinical professor of law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, co-authored “Regulating Wage Theft,” which will appear in a forthcoming edition of the Washington Law Review. As a member of the board of Legal Aid of Arkansas, Smith served on an ad hoc committee to develop “weapons in the workplace” policy this summer. She is now chairing its ad hoc committee on workplace safety. On Aug. 31, Smith helped train approximately 50 law enforcement officers in human trafficking as part of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Tim Tarvin

Professor Tarvin was quoted in the July 24 Business & Farm section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In the article "Business figure's debt puts at $90M: NW developer's filing is laid out," Tarvin serves as an expert on Chapter 7 bankruptcy law.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods published a book chapter titled "LGBTQ in the Courtroom: How Sexuality and Gender Identity Impact the Jury System" in Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (edited by Cynthia Najdowski and Margaret Stevenson). The book is part of the Oxford University Press American Psychology-Law Society Series and brings together a range of experts in social science and law to explore cutting edge issues at the intersection of psychological science and the jury system. Woods was awarded the 2018 New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment by the University of Arkansas Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center. This is the second consecutive year that Woods has received this recognition.