Michael V. Lauro, JR.

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Professional Organizations

  • QLaw Arkansas (Arkansas’s LGBT Bar Association), 2019 to Present
  • National LGBT Bar Association, 2009 to Present (law student member 2007-2009)
  • LGBT Family Law Institute (Nat’l LGBT Bar Association & National Center for Lesbian Rights), 2013-Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association, 2009 to Present
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 to 2015 (certificate)
  • American Bar Association, 2009 to 2015 (certificate)
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, 2009 to 2015

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Arkansas Public Law Center, President, 2010 – 2012
  • Lucie’s Place, Board Member and Legal Committee Chair, 2010 – 2012
  • VOCALS, Pro Bono Attorney

Current Areas Of Practice

  • Wills & Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Adoptions
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Surrogacy
  • Transgender Law
  • LGBT Law
  • Name/Gender Changes
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Health Care Directives
  • Individual Rights and Liberties.

Former Areas Of Practice

  • General Family Law (Divorce, Custody, etc.)
  • Ad Litem (representing children in custody disputes)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Traffic Violations

Professional Licenses & Certifications

  • State Bar of Arkansas, 2009 to Present
  • Federal District Court – Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Arkansas Domestic Relations Ad Litem, 2011 to 2014 (Inactive)

Professional Employment Experience

  • Lauro Law, PLLC,   2009 – Present
  • Barrier Peak Company, Owner,  2001 – Present
  • Arkansas Teacher Retirement System:
  • Independent Contractor, 2002-2014
  • Information Systems Manager, 2014-Present
  • IBM, Software Programmer,  1996 – 2001

Professional Achievements

  • Co-Founder of Bowen Lambda, William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock  2009
  • B.A. English, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1996.  Honors – Magna cum laude

Awards

  • Distinguished Service and Leadership Award –  Bowen Lambda, April  2009
  • ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award –  Bowen Lambda, May 2009
  • C.O.O.L Student of the Year Award (for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Community Service) 2008

Firm Description:

Lauro Law, PLLC is a single-attorney firm in Little RockArkansas serving residents statewide.  We offer professional legal services in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Estate Tax Planning, Probate, Adoption & Guardianships, Name Changes,  Gender Changes, LGBT & Transgender Law, Transgender Transition Assistance, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Health Care Directives, and more. See Practice Areas.

At the Lauro Law, PLLC we serve clients through reputable, reliable, and reasonably-priced legal services and advocacy. Our dedication to clients means that we work diligently to help them craft appropriate legal solutions, negotiate aggressively, and stand up for their legal rights within the court system.

Contact Lauro Law, PLLC by calling 501-613-6529 or email at Mike@LauroLaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

We provide each prospective client a Free 15-Minute Initial Phone Consultation.  During this phone consultation, we listen and ask questions in order to identify your legal issues and evaluate whether we may be of service to you.  Because 15 minutes is not enough time to review your case thoroughly, you can maximize the value of the consultation by being prepared.  Such preparation includes describing the issue(s) you are having, what kind of outcome will meet your expectation and satisfaction, and what kind of costs you are willing to incur for my services.

In addition to a Free 15-Minute Initial Phone Consultation, you may take advantage of an Initial Office Visit where we can meet face to face and discuss your legal issues in greater detail.  This will allow us to review more information so that we may better evaluate your legal issues and provide options that directly address those issues.  The first 30 minutes of the Initial Office Visit is set a reduced rate Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm and an increased rate Monday through Friday, 5pm to 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:30am to 3:30pm.

Our hourly rates are reasonable and competitive. See Fees for more information.

Please give us a call if you need assistance.  We’re here to serve you!

  • Free 15-Minute Initial Phone Consultation. Discuss your legal issues at no charge for 15 minutes.
  • Reasonable hourly rates. Fixed-rate services available for some LGBT law services, such as name and gender changes, estate planning services, such as wills and trusts.
  • Professional, Trustworthy, and Dedicated. We strive to provide personal and professional legal representation, counseling, and advocacy. You can trust us to represent you in the utmost professional manner, charge reasonable and competitive fees, and give you honest and accurate advice.  Please see Attorney Profile for more information.

 

Cory Crawford

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Public interest attorney working in consumer protection, foreclosure prevention and prisoner reentry.

Office
Springdale

Education
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.A., University of Arkansas

Bar Admissions
State of Arkansas; United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Workgroup
Housing

Joined Legal Aid
2011

Firm Description:

The mission of Legal Aid of Arkansas is to champion equal justice for low‐income individuals and communities and to remedy the conditions that burden and marginalize them.

Legal Aid is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals residing in the state of Arkansas in civil (non-criminal) cases. Legal Aid is headquartered in Jonesboro and serves 31 of the 75 counties in Arkansas. Legal Aid assists thousands of clients every year in priority areas, such as family law, consumer issues, bankruptcy or evictions.

Our History

Legal Aid of Arkansas is one of two nonprofit law firms funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Arkansas, the other being the Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS). The organizations were formed in 2002 when six legal services providers merged.

Evolution of Legal Services Programs

In the United States, the first civil legal assistance program for low-income people was founded in New York City in 1876. That program would eventually become the Legal Aid Society of New York. In 1965 the federal government started a legal services program to encourage lawyers to find solutions for the causes and effects of poverty funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). The OEO provided funding for local providers that offered full-service representation with a goal of ensuring equal access to the legal system. Each program was designed to be self-sufficient and to handle the full range of advocacy for its clients. The OEO also developed an infrastructure that provided training, support, and leadership to the local programs.

Congress created the Legal Services Corporation Act in 1974, and in 1975 LSC took over the OEO programs adopting essentially the same delivery and support system developed by the OEO. The LSC Act said its was “to continue the vital legal services program,” but it also changed the goals of the program. Congress commanded LSC to achieve two major things:

  1. Ensure equal access to justice, and
  2. Provide quality legal assistance to individuals who could not afford legal counsel otherwise.

LSC expanded upon the existing program by strengthening its providers, enhancing the support structure, and expanding the reach of the program into every county.

The First Legal Services Programs in Arkansas

Before federal funding for legal services became available, opportunities for poor Arkansans to find representation were limited. In the 1930s, a part-time lawyer sometimes served indigent people in Pulaski County. Elsewhere in Arkansas, it was simply up to local attorneys to decide whether to donate time or resources when a person needed representation but could not afford it.

In 1965, Arkansas got its first legal services program — the Legal Aid Bureau of Pulaski County, which received one of the first eight grants from the OEO.

Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas

In 1967, a program in Newport received federal funding to create Jackson County Legal Services Project. It was originally funded through the Crowleys Ridge Development Council, Inc., a community action program. In 1969, the directors of the project decided to incorporate. Jackson County Legal Services, Inc. was formed in 1970 as a domestic non-profit with the purpose of “…apprising the poor of their rights and remedies under the law and encourage them to assert those rights in the courts through the Legal Services Program.”

In 1977, ten years after the Jackson County Legal Services Project began, the one-attorney operation grew into a major law firm in Northeast Arkansas. The board of directors added Lawrence, Woodruff, Poinsett, and Independence Counties to its coverage area. The name changed to Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas, Inc. In 1978, the program took on Randolph County. In 1980, the coverage area grew to include Sharp, Craighead, Greene, and Clay Counties.

By 1984, satellite offices were opened and at one time, every county in the service area had an office. As technology and communications developed and funding ebbed and flowed, it was no longer necessary to have so many offices. The program reduced to one office in Newport and an additional office in Jonesboro.

East Arkansas Legal Services

Residents of Crittenden County applied for a grant from LSC to create East Arkansas Legal Services, Inc. in 1978. The program covered Crittenden, Cross, Phillips, Mississippi, Lee, Monroe, and St. Francis counties. After the first case in Crittenden County in 1978, the organization began opening branch offices to provide better access to its services to people in rural areas who lacked public transportation. The first branch office was in Forrest City. Later offices opened in Helena and Blytheville. EALS had a long history of systemic and impact litigation for clients in East Arkansas.

Ozark Legal Services

Ozark Legal Services initially began in 1974 as a clinical program at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. Hillary Rodham Clinton created the program. In 1977 when LSC money became available, Clinton applied for a grant and the clinical program expanded to become Ozark Legal Services.

In 1991, the Ozark Legal Services collaborated with the Bar Associations from Baxter, Benton, Boone-Newton, Carroll, Celburne, Madison, Marion, Searcy-Van Buren, Stone, Tri-County, and Washington Counties to win the prestigious Harrison Tweed Award from the American Bar Association. The award recognized their achievement as the nation’s most outstanding pro bono project for cooperative delivery of free legal services to the poor.

Other Legal Services Programs

Over the years, a number of legal services programs developed throughout the state. The original Legal Aid Bureau in Pulaski County became the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. A program called Western Arkansas Legal Services opened in Fort Smith. East Texas Legal Services expanded to provide coverage to four counties in Southwest Arkansas. Legal Services of Arkansas opened to provide coverage to some of the rural parts of the state.

Legal Aid of Arkansas & the Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Legal Aid of Arkansas was created by the merger of Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas, Ozark Legal Services and East Arkansas Legal Services in January of 2002.  At the same time, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services merged with Western Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Services of Arkansas. These two public interest law firms now provide civil legal aid to all 75 counties in Arkansas.

Legal Aid of Arkansas provides services to 31 counties:  Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Monroe, Newton, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph, St. Francis, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, Woodruff.

The Equal Access to Justice Panel

The Equal Access to Justice Panel began as the Pro Bono Project of Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas in 1995. The Panel works cooperatively with local Bar Associations, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association to develop and administer a pro bono private attorney/Bar involvement program in the thirty-one counties Legal Aid of Arkansas serves.  Another part of this delivery model is the Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly, previously a statewide program but now focused on providing individuals age 60 and above with access to a pro bono lawyer, coordinated through Legal Aid. As of 2016, 827 attorneys are signed up as volunteers for Legal Aid’s pro bono panels.

The Access to Justice Commission

In 2002, Legal Aid of Arkansas and CALS joined forces to create the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership. The partnership, called ALSP, coordinated statewide initiatives and trainings, and utilized and created justice technologies. ALSP collaborated to launch the statewide helpline (1-800-9 LAW AID), doubling the number of clients served. The helpline is still active, but the formal partnership dissolved in 2016. The organizations continue to work together on many initiatives and projects.

In 2003, the Access to Justice Commission formed after the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates and the Access to Justice Working Group petitioned the Arkansas Supreme Court to create the commission. The ALSP provided staffing resources for the Commission. Also that year, the Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership, Arkansas Bar Association, and other stakeholders partnered to form the Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership Blueprint Agreement. The ALSP launched the Justice Technology Project in 2004, beginning with the creation of arlegalservices.org. The website provides legal resources for low-income Arkansans and poverty law resources for attorneys. In 2005, for the first time state funds were designated in support of legal services in Arkansas. These funds now constitute 14 percent of the total funding for legal services in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Legislature approved a bill in 2009 that would provide additional funds for the Public Legal Aid Fund. The Arkansas Supreme Court provides funding for staff for the Access to Justice Commission, and combines the efforts of the Commission and the IOLTA Foundation. A new entity, the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, formed to help raise funds.

To learn more about the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation, please visit www.arkansasjustice.org.

 

Gary V. Weeks

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Gary V. Weeks is a partner with the Law Group of Northwest Arkansas LLP. For more than 30 years, Gary’s legal practice has served individuals and corporations in the areas of agricultural, environmental, and business law, as well as complex civil litigation spanning a broad range of issues. Gary’s trial experience is extensive, with an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating for Civil Defense Litigation, Commercial and Environmental Law. He also serves as corporate counsel for a number of large, mid-size, and small Arkansas-based institutions, advising these clients on business issues, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, transactional matters, employment disputes, contracts, and settlement negotiations both pre- and post-trial.

Gary graduated from Lyon College in 1971 with a Bachelor’s degree in history. He is a member of the Lyon College Sports Hall of Fame. Gary did his graduate work in philosophy at the University of Arkansas, before graduating summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1987. His dedication to clients, as well as the results he achieves on their behalf, has been the foundation for Gary regularly being named as a “Mid-South Super Lawyer.” Gary is a practicing member of the state and federal bars of Arkansas and Missouri, as well as a member of the Washington County Bar Association and the Defense Counsel Bar of Arkansas. Additionally, he is admitted to practice law before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Gary has received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Firm Description:

Located in Fayetteville, AR, The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas LLP is a law firm of dedicated professionals who serve clients in a myriad of practice areas. We dedicate ourselves to providing clients with comprehensive legal services. This means that while you and your family deal with legal issues, our firm will be with you at every stage.

We deliver committed representation to those who are in need of a steady hand while dealing with the potentially confusing area of law in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Virginia.

Our Fayetteville, AR attorneys can help you and your family with the following:

 

Timothy W. Grooms

Mr. Grooms is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC. He represents banks, health care managers, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and other clients in a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Grooms has substantial experience in real estate and general commercial lending transactions and has been frequently involved in matters of eminent domain. He has negotiated hundreds of retail, office and commercial space leases on behalf of major national retailers and numerous developers, landlords and tenants throughout Arkansas and the Mid-South. As counsel to lenders and developers, Mr. Grooms has experience with Low Income Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit, and Historic Tax Credit Transactions.

Mr. Grooms is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a Fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), a member and former officer in the state chapter of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He serves as counsel to numerous banking and real estate industry groups, including the Arkansas Community Bankers, Arkansas Rural Rental Housing Association, Arkansas REALTORS® Association (including numerous local REALTOR® boards), and the state chapter of the Building and Office Management Association (BOMA).

Among completed transactions, Mr. Grooms lists numerous retail shopping center developments, mixed-use horizontal property regimes, apartment complexes (including units providing low income housing), office buildings, educational institutions, hotels, hospitals, related clinics and ancillary facilities, and charitable non-profit developments.  Mr. Grooms serves as legal counsel to Arkansas’s premier sports and entertainment facility, Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.  He assisted with property assemblage and condemnation and later handled all other legal aspects for the Arena, including construction, management, and operational matters.  Mr. Grooms was real estate development counsel for Heifer Project International regarding land acquisition and development of its present World Headquarters and he represented the owners of the present site of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Park in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.  In 2009, Mr. Grooms participated in the financing of a new addition to the Arkansas Technology and Research Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas, including utilization of New Markets Tax Credits, and he recently represented the lender and tax credit investor regarding expansion of Arkansas Baptist College and redevelopment of the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville.  In 2013, the “Mann on Main” redevelopment of mixed use retail, office and condominium projects went “on line” with the assistance of Mr. Grooms and use of New Markets and Historic Tax Credits.   The premiere office and entertainment complex known as the “Arcade Building” opened in 2014, accomplished in a public-private partnership between the Central Arkansas Library System and a group of private investors, owners and tenants.  This development in the River Market will complement other projects Mr. Grooms represented as legal counsel including River Market Tower, the First Security Building, Third and Commerce and 300 Third, all mixed-use condominium projects in the River Market area of Little Rock, Arkansas.  In 2015, Mr. Grooms represented Baptist Hospital in connection with its new full-service facility in Conway, Arkansas.

Mr. Grooms served as local counsel for two large corporations in connection with the construction, start-up and operation and maintenance of two new manufacturing facilities in Arkansas.  Both projects involved incentives from international governmental entities.  One matter concerned the purchase of a facility in western Arkansas for the development of a new paper processing facility by a Fortune 500 company financed through a European conglomerate.  The project is expected to create more than eighty highly-skilled manufacturing jobs at the new facility with a total capital investment of approximately $80 million.  The second matter involved a Chinese company choosing a location in the southwestern part of the state as the site of its first bio-products mill in North America.  The $1.8 billion investment for the plant is expected to create 350 new jobs and have a tremendous economic impact on the state of Arkansas.

Mr. Grooms is a frequent lecturer to title, banking, real estate, real estate brokerage, and construction industry groups and industry regulators. Topics have included bank and bank holding company regulatory issues, bankruptcy issues affecting real estate, title insurance law and other issues of interest to real estate lenders, contractors, appraisers, title agents, developers, and brokers. He is a frequent presenter at state ICSC events on lease negotiations for both landlords and tenants. He has spoken to numerous Arkansas groups, including the state chapters of Building and Office Management Association (BOMA) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas REALTORS® Association, Arkansas Bankers Association, Arkansas Community Bankers Association, and numerous other groups relating to development, leasing, and lending negotiations.

Mr. Grooms was actively involved in drafting the Arkansas statutory landlord – tenant code and authored the state’s most widely published work on landlord tenant law, published by the Arkansas REALTORS® Association.

Mr. Grooms received the highest score on his state’s bar examination in 1984, the year of his admission to practice law. Mr. Grooms has been recognized by local publications (Arkansas Times; Arkansas Business) and nationally recognized legal directories (The Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-Present; Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2003-Present; Super Lawyers, 2006-Present; Who’s Who Legal, 2016-Present) as among the best lawyers in the State of Arkansas and the nation.  He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Grooms is licensed to practice in Arkansas and New York.

Education

University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1984)
Board of Editors, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal, 1982 – 1984

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981)

Associations and Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, and Pulaski County Bar Association; Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys; Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers; Member, International Council of Shopping Centers; Member, IR Global.

Arkansas Real Estate Broker (1977 – present) (inactive)

Charitable Organizations

Member, Fifty for the Future

Member, Baptist Health Foundation Board of Directors

Dean’s Advisory Council, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Philip K. Lyon

PHILIP K. LYON was one of the founding Partners and President of the Little Rock, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee law firm of Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A. in 1986 and now is founding member of Lyon & Phillips, PLLC with offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Jasper, Arkansas; admitted to Arkansas Bar in 1967; admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970; and admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1989.

Education

: Arkansas A&M College; Univ. of Arkansas (J.D. with honors, 1967). Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

Positions

: Only person ever twice selected as Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Law Review, 1966 and 1967,Instructor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1968-1972 (Business Law, Government & Business, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining), Lecturer, UALR Law School, 1979-1980 (Practice and Procedure, Labor Law and Employment Discrimination). Member, Board of Directors, Arkansas Law Review, 1978-1992. Elected to the Inaugural Class – Fellow of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1996). Member, Editorial Committee, Schlei & Grossman, “Employment Discrimination Law,” 2d Ed., 1983. Member, Planning Committee, The Center for American and International Law Annual Labor Institute, 1979 to 2005. Member, Editorial Board, “Entertainment Law and Finance,” 1992 to 2004; Co-Editor and Co-Founder, Arkansas Employment Law Letter and Arkansas Employment Law Center, 1996 to date.

Organizations:

Nashville Bar Association (Member, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law; Employment and Civil Rights Committee; Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee), Arkansas Bar Association ((Chair, Labor Law Committee, 1977; Inaugural Chair, Labor Law Section, 1978-1979; Vice-Chair, 1985-1988 and Chair, 1989-1994, Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee), Tennessee Bar Association (Member, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee, 1989 to date, Minority Emancipation Committee, 2000 to 2006; Labor and Employment Law Section 1989 to date; Entertainment and Sports Law Section 1998 to date); American Bar Association (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law; Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity; Sub-Committee Chair, 1986-1989; Select Committee for Liaison with Equal Employment Opportunity COmmission, 19830=-1992; Select Committee for Liaison with OFCCP; Management Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, 2000 to 2003; Member, Forum Committee of Entertainment and Sports Industries; Governing Council 2006-present; Member, Intellectual Property Section); Country Music Association; Academy of Country Music; Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas Board of Directors, 1984-1988; Chair of LIttle Rock Chamber of Commerce Community Affairs Committee, 1982-1984; Chair, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Affairs Committee, 1985-1987. General Counsel, Nashvile Association of Talent Directors and International Entertainment Buyers Association; Counsel for the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Mission Statement:

My entire practice depends upon an obsessive desire to protect and serve my clients and my goal is to destroy the myth that lawyers are non-responsive and do not return phone calls

Philip K. Lyon

PHILIP K. LYON was one of the founding Partners and President of the Little Rock, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee law firm of Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A. in 1986 and now is founding member of Lyon & Phillips, PLLC with offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Jasper, Arkansas; admitted to Arkansas Bar in 1967; admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970; and admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1989.

Education

: Arkansas A&M College; Univ. of Arkansas (J.D. with honors, 1967). Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

Positions

: Only person ever twice selected as Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Law Review, 1966 and 1967,Instructor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1968-1972 (Business Law, Government & Business, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining), Lecturer, UALR Law School, 1979-1980 (Practice and Procedure, Labor Law and Employment Discrimination). Member, Board of Directors, Arkansas Law Review, 1978-1992. Elected to the Inaugural Class – Fellow of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1996). Member, Editorial Committee, Schlei & Grossman, “Employment Discrimination Law,” 2d Ed., 1983. Member, Planning Committee, The Center for American and International Law Annual Labor Institute, 1979 to 2005. Member, Editorial Board, “Entertainment Law and Finance,” 1992 to 2004; Co-Editor and Co-Founder, Arkansas Employment Law Letter and Arkansas Employment Law Center, 1996 to date.

Organizations:

Nashville Bar Association (Member, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law; Employment and Civil Rights Committee; Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee), Arkansas Bar Association ((Chair, Labor Law Committee, 1977; Inaugural Chair, Labor Law Section, 1978-1979; Vice-Chair, 1985-1988 and Chair, 1989-1994, Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee), Tennessee Bar Association (Member, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee, 1989 to date, Minority Emancipation Committee, 2000 to 2006; Labor and Employment Law Section 1989 to date; Entertainment and Sports Law Section 1998 to date); American Bar Association (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law; Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity; Sub-Committee Chair, 1986-1989; Select Committee for Liaison with Equal Employment Opportunity COmmission, 19830=-1992; Select Committee for Liaison with OFCCP; Management Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, 2000 to 2003; Member, Forum Committee of Entertainment and Sports Industries; Governing Council 2006-present; Member, Intellectual Property Section); Country Music Association; Academy of Country Music; Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas Board of Directors, 1984-1988; Chair of LIttle Rock Chamber of Commerce Community Affairs Committee, 1982-1984; Chair, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Affairs Committee, 1985-1987. General Counsel, Nashvile Association of Talent Directors and International Entertainment Buyers Association; Counsel for the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Mission Statement:

My entire practice depends upon an obsessive desire to protect and serve my clients and my goal is to destroy the myth that lawyers are non-responsive and do not return phone calls