Public Service Academy


Why to Run; When to Run; How to Run

Supporting the Service-Minded Lawyer at Every Step

Steering Committee:  Former Chief Justice Howard Brill, Judge Earnest Brown, Speaker Matthew Shepherd, Maggie Benson and Nate Looney

Chaired by:  Maggie Benson (Bowen 2014; Clinton School 2014) 
Nate Looney (Bowen 2012; Clinton School 2012)

With assistance by:  Nikolai DiPippa, Director of Public Programs, University of Arkansas  Clinton School of Public Service

Jay Robbins, Director of Government Relations, Arkansas Bar Association

The Arkansas Bar Association and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service are presenting this Academy to support lawyers who desire, may consider or are curious about public service at any level.  

The program will be presented in two (2) sessions in Little Rock (November 15-16, 2019) and Fayetteville (January 17-18, 2020). 

Thanks to our Sponsors
ArkBar Civil Litigation Section   
ArkBar Government Practice Section
University of Arkansas School of Law
University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
Rose Law Firm  
Brian Rosenthal


2019-2020 Inaugural Class of the Public Service Academy


Westley Ashley

Westley Ashley, a Little Rock native, holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.  Following joining the Arkansas Bar, West has worked at the intersection of law, health care, and medical research. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Conflict of Interest at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is an adoptee rights activist, a social justice advocate, and a commissioner on the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission. When out of the office, West enjoys exploring the trails of Central Arkansas with his son Charlie and collecting vinyl.


Kelsey Bardwell

Kelsey Bardwell has been the managing partner of Sprott, Golden, & Bardwell since December 2014. Prior to earning a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2012, she earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas Sam Walton College of Business in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She practiced in Tulsa, Oklahoma for two years and then returned home to Arkansas in 2014.  Kelsey is a native of Harrison, Arkansas, and has a passion for her community. She is a member of the Task Force on Race Relations, Rotary, sits on the City of Harrison Planning Commission and serves on the board for the Chamber of Commerce. She was named Rising Star by the Harrison Chamber of Commerce in 2018, and Harrison’s 20 under 40 professionals to watch. She was appointed in 2017 by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation. Kelsey is licensed to Practice law in Arkansas and Oklahoma.


Caleb Baumgardner

Caleb was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas. He graduated from the William H. Bowen School of Law in spring of 2014 and was admitted to the bar in September of that year. He began practicing law shortly thereafter and is currently the owner of Baumgardner Law Firm in El Dorado Arkansas.


Kandice Bell

Arkansas Bar Association’s 2019 Golden Gavel Awardee, Board Governor, and Committee Chair Kandice Bell earned her undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where in 1997, she also earned a law degree.  A licensed attorney for 21 years, Kandice works in public service as Senior Counselor to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Kandice and her family reside in White Hall, Jefferson County.   Kandice is a firm believer in liberty and justice for all.


Kelly Brown

Kelly K. Brown is an Associate Attorney at the Gill Law Firm, PLC, in Dumas, Arkansas, and serves as the Deputy Prosecutor for the District Court of Desha County, Dumas Division. Brown volunteers her time with VOCALS, providing pro bono representation, and serves on the Professional and Legal-Related Education Super Committees of the Arkansas Bar Association. Brown earned her JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 2017, while simultaneously earning her Master’s in International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Arkansas. Originally from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Brown attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello to earn her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communications.


Taylor Chaney

Taylor Chaney graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology, and graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2009. In January of 2010, Taylor joined his father practicing law at the Chaney Law Firm, P.A. in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, representing injured people hurt through no fault of their own against big insurance companies. Taylor enjoys duck hunting, being outdoors, community service, promoting local institutions, and Razorback sports. He is currently serving as a board member for Downtown Arkadelphia, which is a Downtown Network of Main Street Arkansas, and a group he helped start in 2012 as part of a Leadership Clark County project. Since July of 2016, Taylor has been the Director for Ward 1 for the City of Arkadelphia. Taylor has served in the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates since June of 2014, on its Board of Governors since June of 2015, on its Legislation Committee from 2015 to present, and was recently elected as Vice-Chair of the Bar PAC. Taylor is also a member and on the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, and a member of the American Association for Justice. 


Cara Boyd Connors

Cara Boyd Connors was born and raised in Memphis, TN and began her college career at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 2002, where she majored in Politics and minored in Africana Studies. While attending college at Hendrix, she studied abroad a semester in Oxford, England at St. Peter’s College where she conducted a comparative analysis between the American and British political systems. In 2006, Cara entered law school at the Williams H. Bowen School of Law at UALR, and she is now licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Arkansas. Cara started her legal career as a hearing examiner for the Arkansas Appeals Tribunal, then subsequently began as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Pulaski County, Arkansas where she tried may jury trials involving crimes of property, violent offenses, and robberies. She then moved to the Arkansas Parole Board as a revocation hearing judge in 2013, allowing her to become fluid in the parole system of Arkansas. Cara presided over numerous hearings involving the revocation and reinstatement of parole supervision all over the State of Arkansas. Since 2016, Cara has worked as a criminal defense attorney litigating cases all over the state of Arkansas. She has successfully handled criminal matters involving Domestic Battery, Sexual Assault, and a plethora of Possession of drug offenses. Cara currently serves as a Commissioner on the Pulaski County Land and Planning Commission and for the Little Rock Civil Service Commission. Currently, Cara serves as the Vice-President of the W. Harold Flower’s Law Society and serves in various capacities in the Pulaski County Bar Association, Arkansas Association of Defense Attorneys, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and Jack and Jill of America.


Tyler R. Farrar

Tyler R. Farrar is the Title IX Coordinator for the University of Arkansas and is responsible for overseeing of the University’s compliance with its obligations under federal law, including its obligations to investigate and respond to allegations of sexual misconduct.  Mr. Farrar received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts, both in Political Science, from the University of Arkansas. While in law school, Mr. Farrar served as a law clerk for the University of Arkansas Office of General Counsel, an extern in the legal department of Tyson Foods, Inc., and as a law clerk for several Northwest Arkansas law firms. Mr. Farrar was also a member of the Journal of Food Law and Policy in law school. Before taking the position of Title IX Coordinator with the University, Mr. Farrar was a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Arkansas, a non-profit law firm, where he focused on consumer rights and civil rights issues. 


Amy Freedman

Amy Freedman is an attorney and an entrepreneur. She has practiced law since 2001 and specializes in child welfare, civil litigation and criminal defense. After graduating from SAU in 1995, Amy worked in Washington DC as a congressional staffer for the 4th District of Arkansas and later worked for the State of Arkansas prior to attending law school at the University of Arkansas. Amy is the current Chair of the SAU Alumni Association. She is also a current board member of the University of Arkansas School of Law Alumni Society. Amy has served on both the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates and Board of Governors. She was elected the State Chair of the Arkansas Young Lawyers representing over 1400 young lawyers at the state level. Amy represented Arkansas at the national council of young lawyers in the American Bar Association.


Pam Hathaway

Pam Percefull Hathaway joined the Arkansas Bar in 1992, following her graduation from the Bowen School of Law. She is originally from Lonoke, Arkansas where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. Pam attended college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, obtaining an associate of arts degree in interpreting for the deaf in 1988, followed by a bachelor of liberal arts, summa cum laude, in 1989. Pam’s legal career began at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, clerking during law school and then practicing law as an associate with the firm. Pam has worked as a law clerk in the Arkansas appellate courts for over twenty years, serving Justice Don Corbin on the Arkansas Supreme Court, as well as Judge John B. Robbins, Judge Cliff Hoofman, Judge Kenneth Hixson, and Judge Mark Klappenbach, all on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Pam and her husband John Hathaway live in Little Rock, and they have two grown children, Caroline and Jackson Baber. Pam is an active committee volunteer and former board member of Komen Arkansas, is a member of the Pulaski County and Arkansas Bar Associations, is a member of Chi Omega, and is a member of Class XXVII of Leadership Greater Little Rock.


Martha McKenzie Hill

Martha McKenzie Hill is a Counsel member of the Regulated Business Practice Group for Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. She has extensive experience working as an advocate for clients before the Arkansas Legislature and the state executive branch. Martha's experience began as a volunteer advocate for the Arkansas State PTA. Previously in Washington, D.C., she served in the President George H.W. Bush administration from January, 1990 until January, 1993 first at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Legal Adviser and then at the White House as a member of the National Security Council staff, as Deputy Legal Adviser. Prior to that, she represented companies and families in private practice in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyist. Martha graduated with honors and special honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History, and graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  


Jera Houghtaling

Jera Houghtaling is the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts Juvenile Division Court Improvement Program Coordinator.  Jera received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College and earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.  Jera has worked in public service law the entirety of her career, as a Deputy Public Defender in District Court, Circuit Court, and Drug Court; as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney; and as an Attorney Specialist for the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  Jera has also remained active in the University of Arkansas School of Law community- judging competitions, mentoring students, supervising externs, and teaching a course on Child Welfare Law and Practice.  Jera was named 2019 Specialty Court Attorney of the Year for her work in the Washington-Madison County Drug Court program before relocating to central Arkansas to assume her role with the Judiciary. 


Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones was born and raised in Little Rock, with one side of his family coming from north of Magnolia and the other from south of Clinton.  Alexander graduated from Little Rock Central High and was able to attend Hendrix College as a Governor’s Distinguished Scholar.  He returned home in 2015 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar that same year.  Since then, he’s worked in a variety of legal jobs.  First, as a legal aid lawyer focused on protecting housing for veterans, then as Arkansas voter protection director for the Clinton campaign, and next as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker.  After his clerkship term ended, Alexander began working as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Pulaski County, where he’s been ever since. 


Tabitha Lee

Tabitha B. Lee was born and raised in Dermott, Arkansas and is a graduate of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (’03), the University of Arkansas (B.S. ’09), the Clinton School of Public Service (MPS ’14), and the UALR Bowen School of Law (JD ’13). She is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. She is a Special Projects Attorney at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and works in the areas of criminal record sealing and veteran’s benefits. She has previously served as a judicial clerk in the sixth judicial district of Arkansas for the Honorable J. Leon Johnson.


Lauren Manatt

Lauren Manatt has been practicing law since 2011. In 2013, Lauren joined Rainwater, Holt, and Sexton, where she works in the personal injury department. Lauren was born and raised in Sheridan, Arkansas. Her husband is also from Sheridan and they are proud to be raising their children, Miller (4) and Collins (2), in their hometown.


Skye Martin

Skye Martin is an attorney for the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Mrs. Martin graduated fifth in her class from the William H. Bowen School of Law in May of 2012. She serves as a Commissioner for Arkansas Access to Justice and as the Communications Chair of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers. Mrs. Martin enjoys volunteering in the community with various nonprofits, including Women & Children First, Make-A-Wish Mid-South, and Junior League of Little Rock. Mrs. Martin is married to Jonathan Martin, an attorney for Monterrey Law Firm, and they reside in North Little Rock.


Joey H. McCutchen

Joey H. McCutchen, II, a trial lawyer, has been an ATLA member for over 20 years and has served on the ATLA Board of Governors since 2003. He received ATLA's 2013 Citizen Merit award which is given to an attorney who seeks to foster greater public understanding of the rights and liberties that A TLA seeks to preserve, or further the public's knowledge in regard to the prevention of injury. He served as President of ATLA during the 2017 - 2018 term. More than 27 years ago, Joey established the law office of Joey McCutchen, later, McCutchen & Sexton - The Law Firm in Fort Smith, founded on two unbending principles: first, the law firm would only represent injured consumers and would never represent insurance companies or big business; and second, that every case is taken and prepared as if it is going to go to trial. Joey also fights against all efforts of big business to take away the constitutional rights of the injured, the elderly, and our most vulnerable--the children. In 2007, Joey founded and serves as the President of Next Level Sports Marketing & Representation, LLC representing 35 major college basketball coaches and athletic directors throughout the United States and which hosts bi-annually educational symposiums for athletic directors, search firms, and other persons or entities influencing college athletics.


Mary “Molly” McGowan McNulty

Mary “Molly” McGowan McNulty is honored to be part of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Inaugural Public Service Academy Class. Molly, a Little Rock native, is a graduate of Central High School, Davidson College, the Clinton School of Public Service, and UALR law school. Prior to returning to Little Rock, Molly worked for three years in Washington, D.C. as United States Senator Blanche Lincoln’s Executive Assistant. Currently, Molly serves as a law clerk to Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Abramson. She is an active member of Rotary Club 99, the Junior League of Little Rock, President-Elect of the Quapaw Quarter Association Board, serves on the Central Arkansas Library System Foundation Board and the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries Board. She is the Davidson Class of 2006 Secretary , Class Ambassador, and Chair of the Little Rock Davidson Volunteer week.  Molly is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXXII. She and her husband, Chris, a fellow lawyer, are the proud parents of almost 2-year old Tom and Mary Carter, who they joyfully welcomed to the world on October 9, 2019.


Jeffrey Moore

Jeffrey H. Moore is with and is the shareholder of Jeffrey H. Moore, PA, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He practices law with an emphasis on construction, accountants, engineers, architects, banking and commercial, real estate, securities, and transportation. He has been selected in Best Lawyers in America in Construction and Commercial Law. He has served as an adjunct professor of Business Law, University of Arkansas, at Little Rock. He received a B.B.A. from Baylor University in 1986 and a J.D. from Baylor University Law School in 1990. He is a member of the Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations, and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a certified fraud examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore, a Memphis native, had her sights set on living in Little Rock after getting her undergrad degree at Hendrix College. While at Hendrix, Moore studied Anthropology/Sociology and Music. Upon completion of her undergrad degree, Moore decided to pursue a legal career after working as a case coordinator and clerk for a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge. Moore obtained her law degree at the UALR Bowen School of Law. During her time in law school, she continued her job working for an all criminal Circuit Court. With four years’ experience in a government job, Moore began her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Pulaski County. Her primary focus was prosecuting and litigating sex crimes. It was as a DPA that Moore found her passion for working with and helping the public. Moore currently works in the litigation department at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. Moore specializes in representing those that have been victims of DWI and hit and run collisions. She also has begun litigating cases involving human trafficking and the hospitality industry. Moore is an active member on the Pulaski County Bar Foundation Board, the M.A.D.D. advisory board, and the Ark Bar House of Delegates. 


Dequeshia Prude

Dequeshia Prude is an attorney with the Law Group of Northwest Arkansas. Dequeshia was born and raised in Blytheville, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Prior to joining TLGNWA, Dequeshia worked in Ethics and Compliance for a Fortune 500 corporation, and represented chapter 7 bankruptcy debtors in federal court. In her spare time, Dequeshia loves to do volunteer work, travel, and play sports.


Brenda Simpson

Brenda Simpson is an Associate Attorney with the Legacy Law Group in Hot Springs. She graduated cum laude from the William H. Bowen School of Law in 2014 and was the recipient of the 2014 Student Public Service Award and Dean’s Certificate of Distinguished Service. She earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from George Washington University in 2005, her Master of Business Administration from Webster University in 2003, and graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Saint Leo University in 1996. Brenda retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Force Support Officer in 2010 after twenty-four years of service. She is a combat veteran having served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008. Her military decorations include the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Brenda served as a Commissioner on the Arkansas Veterans Commission from 2013-2015.


Dusti Standridge

Dusti is a resident of Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she has practiced law since 2005.  At first, Dusti’s practiced focused on insurance defense, and then plaintiff’s work.  She soon knew that family law, including parent defense in child welfare cases,  was a practice area that she both enjoyed and in which she thrives!  Dusti has represented hundreds of parents, as well a a large number of children.  She currently serves on the American Bar Association National Steering Committee for Parent Representation.  She then expanded her trial practice to included appellate practice, whereby she written more than 100 appeals. Dusti is the current Sebastian County Bar Association President, and she is a member of First United Methodist Church, the Euper Lane PTA, and the Arkansas Bar Association.  She has presented Continuing Legal Education for attorneys in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine, and the National Conference in Washington, D.C. Dusti graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Public Relations and a B.A. in Government.  She completed her Master in Public Administration and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas in 2005. She is married and has two children.  Her most recent favorite personal achievement is taking advantage of the good physical health God gave her to complete her first marathon (all 26.2 miles) in Fort Smith in 2019, and she is actively training to run more marathons.  


Judge Sam Terry

Judge Sam Terry, a native and resident of Fort Smith, holds B.S.B.A. (2002) and J.D. (2005) degrees from the University of Arkansas. He is currently serving as a District Judge, having been appointed to that position by Governor Asa Hutchinson in July, 2019. He has an extremely broad range of legal experience, having engaged in civil litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He is a former deputy prosecuting attorney for Sebastian County, and served as law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes. He also served as a Trust Officer and Asst. Vice President at First National Bank of Fort Smith. In that position, he handled a wide range of complex legal and business issues, including financial planning and the administration of trusts and estates. Judge Terry was previously appointed to serve as Special Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of Arkansas. He is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty under Forty Class of 2018 and a member of the Arkansas Bar Association since 2005, including serving as a member of the House of Delegates. He is also an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.


Wendy Scholtens Wood

Wendy Scholtens Wood is from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and attended Vanderbilt University where she played basketball and was a Kodak All-American. She graduated in 1991 and played professionally in Tokyo, Japan. She has been inducted in to four sports halls of fame (Tennessee 1999, Arkansas 2004, Vanderbilt 2009, and Fort Smith Southside High School 2013). In 1996, Wendy graduated, with honors, from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She practiced law for ten years at the Barber Law Firm. Since 2006, she has clerked for the Honorable Larry Vaught at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, and Rotary Club 99. Since 1996, Wendy has been married to Paul, an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration. Wendy and Paul have two daughters: Madeline, a freshman at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and Anna, a freshman at Little Rock Central High School. Wendy and her family are long-time, active members of St. James United Methodist Church. Wendy and Paul are also proud supporters of the Little Rock School District. Wendy is a member of the board of directors of Alzheimer’s Arkansas.


Nate Arrington

University of Arkansas School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and the University of Arkansas School of Public Service

Nate Arrington

Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Nate Arrington was raised in Springdale, Arkansas where he graduated from Springdale High School in 2014. He received his B.A. of Economics from Arkansas State University in 2018 and is currently a second-year student at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Since 2015, Nate has been heavily involved with the Young Democrats of Arkansas and has served as 1st District Director, Vice President of Colleges, and Convention Committee Chair. He currently serves as the organization’s Chief of Staff. Through his work with the Young Democrats, Nate has planned and executed voter registration drives, organized statewide conventions, and started multiple chapters all across the state.


Jennifer Browne

Jennifer Browne graduated from Hendrix College with a degree in business and economics. She obtained a Juris Doctor from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and is a board member for the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. Her public service interests include the advancement of women and girls, promotion of women in politics, and fair elections. Jennifer is a student at the Clinton School of Public Service.


Kara Butler

Kara began her professional life as an instrumental band director and general music teacher with degrees from University of Illinois, in Champaign/Urbana. She came to the University of Arkansas as a Graduate Assistant, earning her Master of Music Degree. Then she had three children and stayed home with them during their formative years while also teaching private music lessons, assisting in running a small Walmart vendor company, and teaching as an adjunct at Northwest Arkansas Community College.  She enjoys promoting the arts, as well as actively dancing and performing music in the Northwest Arkansas Community.  Her passion for assisting people in the community led her to law school.  Now a 2L at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, she has done over 100+ hours of pro bono work and continues to assist pro se litigants with paperwork and procedures at the Benton County Help Desk.  She also continues to volunteer with the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice after completing an externship with them this past summer.


Caleb Conrad

Caleb Conrad is a third-year law student at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Caleb serves as an Associate Editor on the UA Little Rock Law Review and works as a student attorney in the school’s Delta Clinic, which provides free direct representation to low-income residents in the state’s southeast region. Always looking for experience in new areas of law, Caleb is currently a law clerk at Friday, Eldredge, & Clark, where he has found that he enjoys working on employment and products liability issues.  If you don’t catch him in the law library, you might find Caleb leading Sunday worship services at Asbury United Methodist Church, where he has served as the Director of Praise and Worship for over a year, or organizing community events as the Secretary of the Democratic Party of Pulaski County.  \When he needs to relax, Caleb listens to true crime podcasts or watches The Office. Caleb is very recently married and lives with his wonderful wife, Ashley, in Little Rock.


Derick Dillard

Derick Dillard was born and raised in Rogers, AR.  During his childhood, Derick was active in various sports and activities, including attaining the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 122.  After graduating from Rogers High School, Derick attended Oklahoma State University, where he earned an accounting degree, with a minor in economics.  At OSU, he played trumpet in the Cowboy Marching Band and served as the mascot, "Pistol Pete."  After college, he served as an international missionary for two years in Nepal, where he taught ESL and helped lead various community development projects in remote Himalayan villages.  Upon arrival back to the States, he began working as a tax accountant at the Walmart home office.  It was at that time, that he married the love of my life, Jill, where they have been married for five years and have two sons, Israel and Samuel.  After Israel was born, Derick and his family moved to El Salvador to serve as missionaries for two years, before taking a one-year assignment in the missions department at Cross Church, where they are members.  Derick currently lives in Lowell, AR while attending law school at the University of Arkansas.


Justin Gunderman

Justin Gunderman is from Plumerville, Arkansas. In 2019, Justin graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Currently, Justin is a first-year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.


Elizabeth Hall

Liz Hall is a first-year student at the Clinton School of Public Service. She has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation of the Blind as well as a BA in International Studies with an emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies, both from UALR. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and also served as an Americorps VISTA.


Wesley Manus

A Little Rock native, Wes served twelve years domestically and abroad in the U.S. Air Force before moving back to Arkansas. He has also worked in international development, academic, healthcare, and public service consulting roles. As a concurrent student of the Clinton School of Public Service and UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, Wes has a passion for public service. He has served in leadership roles in the military and now as a student, including Law Review, Student Veterans, and student government. Wes’s interests after graduation are focused on his passion for public service at the intersection of law, government, sustainable enterprise. 


Dana McGee

Dana McGee is a first year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She currently serves as the 1L representative for the Black Student Law Association. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Criminology at the University of Arkansas in which she served as a full term Associate Justice on the Associated Student Government Judicial Branch. She served as the Social Action Chair and the Treasurer of the Lambda Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. As an intern for the Washington County Juvenile Court and Drug Court, Dana’s passion for criminal law grew. Additionally, while studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she was inspired by global political events and developed a strong interest in international law and politics.


Trent Minner

After graduating from John Brown University with Honors, Trent went to work for newly-elected Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Trent served as a legislative and agency liaison for two and a half years before being accepted to University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law. Trent is a third year law student where he serves as chair of the school's Moot Court Board and president of The Federalist Society.  He is currently clerking for the Arkansas Attorney General's Office.  Trent is originally from Conway, Arkansas.


Madhav Shroff

Madhav Shroff is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he received a B.S. in Biological Sciences. After college, he returned to Arkansas to earn his M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at UAMS. He will graduate this December with both a JD from UA-Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service, the latter of which he served as Student Body President. Shroff’s work experience includes time as Team Leader and AmeriCorps Member for City Year Little Rock, Legal Fellow for Hillary for America, Caucus Intern for the Arkansas State Senate Democrats, as well as a Law Clerk for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, and Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC. Additionally, while at the Clinton School, he has conducted field service projects with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, the Asia Foundation-Sri Lanka, and the Age-Friendly Little Rock Commission. 


Connor Thompson

Connor Thompson is pursuing his Juris Doctorate at the William H. Bowen School of Law concurrently with a Master's in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. He holds a B.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles and worked for a number of nonprofits in Southern California before returning to his hometown of Little Rock for graduate school. Connor is an Apprentice on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review and a Member of the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, as well as President of the Bowen Student Wellness Society. He volunteers with Compassion Works For All in the Arkansas Department of Correction, leading a reading group on personal finance at the Tucker Women's Re-Entry Unit. He currently clerks at the Arkansas Municipal League in the Municipal Legal Defense Program.