Bill Waddell, a partner at Friday Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock and head of its commercial litigation and regulation practice group, was recognized earlier this month as one of five recipients of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for 2017.
The ABA specifically recognized Waddell’s work with the medical-legal partnership that supports the work of the Mid-Delta Health Clinic in Clarendon. “My wife, Patty, and I are products of the Arkansas Delta, where we learned about cultural values that call us to live justly in community with everyone,” he said in a statement published by the ABA.
The award is given to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. This year’s other recipients were The Justice Index team at the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham School of Law in New York, Erin J. Law of Morgan Stanley in New York, the international law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Debra Marie Pistorino Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm in Pittsburgh.
Waddell received the Outstanding Lawyer Award at the Arkansas Bar Association’s annual meeting in June. The award is given in recognition of excellence in the practice of law and for outstanding contributions to the profession.
Karen Gehre of the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association has been elected president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives. Other board members are Derek Rudkin of the Pulaski County Medical Society, vice president; Jodiane Tritt of the Arkansas Hospital Association, secretary/treasurer; and Vicki Farmer of the Arkansas Optometric Association, immediate past president. Directors at large are Max Braswell, Holly Heer, Greg Kirkpatrick, Jessica Dunham, Marsha Moffitt and Lorrie Trogden. Craig Durmon is serving as an ex-officio.
Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, was recently named chairman of the Multi-State Lottery Association’s Legal Committee for the third consecutive year. He was also reappointed to the executive committee of the nonprofit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries.
Robbi D. Davis, president of The Robbi Davis Agency Inc., has been selected for inclusion in the Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition.
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