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UA Little Rock Begins Search for New Law School Dean

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Monday announced it had begun a national search for the next dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law.

The new dean will succeed Theresa Beiner, who is stepping down to return to a faculty position. Beiner has led the law school since July 2018 and is the first woman to hold the position on a permanent basis.

Paula Casey, professor emeriti of the law school and former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, will serve as chair of the search committee.

“I am honored to be leading the search to fill this vital leadership role for the Bowen School of Law,” Casey said in a news release. “Bowen, with its talented and dedicated faculty, offers a strong doctrinal education and a broad array of clinical offerings. The dean is tasked with a critical job of educating the next generation of legal minds as well as guiding our extensive clinics that help so many Arkansans in need of legal advice.”

Search committee members from the university include Anastasia Boles, professor of law; Terrence Cain, professor of law; Rebecca Feldmann, director of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic; Shanna Fitzgerald, budget director; Rejena Grotjohn, assistant dean for student affairs and diversity initiatives; Wanda Hoover, assistant dean for external relations; Almas Khan, assistant professor of law; Joni Lee, vice chancellor for university affairs; Melissa Serfass, professor of law librarianship; and Kelly Terry, associate dean for experiential learning and clinical programs.

Committee members from the legal community include Mark Hayes, executive director of Arkansas Municipal League; Michelle Ator, partner at Friday Eldredge & Clark; U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Volpe; and Tasha Taylor, partner at Taylor & Taylor Law Firm.

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