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The University of Arkansas School of Law family is a vast network of alumni, faculty, staff, students, donors, and friends who support one another during good times and bad. Below are some of the most recent encouraging messages provided by our law school family.

"As a community we can, and will, get through this together. Reach out if you need help; reach out if others need your help; and search from within to help yourself. Remember: We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sharon E. Foster

Professor of Law

When I feel overwhelmed, I remind myself of the Anne Lamott story about a report on birds that her brother had to write. He was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Her father sat down beside him put his arm around her brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”

Law school is not much different. Case by case, rule by rule. Just take it case by case, rule by rule.

You can do this.

Terri Chadick

Director of Career Services

I know these are difficult times for you and now you are having to adjust to a new way of learning. Please don’t get discouraged! I’m not physically with you to remind you of your strength. This you already know. Think back to your first year of law school when you thought about giving up, but you found a way to push. Well, I want you to continue to push through this. Nothing lasts forever and this too shall pass! I want you to keep the faith. We can continue to stay connected with a Zoom call because I love to see your face. Let’s continue to laugh, smile and lift each other up. You are the best grown kids a woman could ask for. I love and can’t wait to see you soon. Stay healthy, and like Nike, let’s do it! Please let me know if you want to set up a time to Zoom.

Tracy Deffebaugh

Assistant Director of Admissions

Above everything else take care of yourself. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.

Jackie Stites

Law Communication Specialist and Stewardship Liaison