Jason B. Hendren, a partner at Hall Booth Smith PC of Atlanta, will oversee the law firm’s new office in Rogers. Hendren earned a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Ryan P. Blue, of counsel, has also joined the Rogers office. He earned a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Master of Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary and a Bachelor of Science from Harding University.
Baxter D. Drennon has become a partner in the Little Rock office of Hall Booth Smith PC of Atlanta. Drennon, who is also the city attorney for Benton, earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Arkansas.
FBI Deputy Assistant Director General Gary Stoops has joined the advisory board of the Forge Institute of Little Rock.
Stoops worked for many years with the National White Collar Crime Center and was instrumental in the creation of the National Security & Intelligence Program at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, and its Open Source Intelligence Exchange (OSIX) laboratory.
Cynthia E. Nance and Gordon S. Rather Jr. have each received the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service from the Eighth Circuit Bar Association.
Nance, dean emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, has been a member of the law school faculty since 1994. After 12 years as a professor, she served as dean from 2006 to 2011.
Gordon is a partner with Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock, where he has been engaged in trial practice for more than 50 years.
The award is named in honor of former Chief Judge Richard S. Arnold, who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan and served on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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