Arkansas Access to Justice Commissioners

Rodney Nagel - Chair

Rodney Nagel

Senior Vice President of Human Resource Operations

Tyson Foods
B.A., Northwestern

As senior vice president of human resource operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., Rod Nagel is responsible for overseeing the company’s domestic human resource operations. This involves providing human resources support for nearly 100,000 team members.

His duties include employee relations, labor relations, training/development and strategy for all North American field operations. Rod is also responsible for employment compliance activities and the company’s chaplaincy program.

With more than a quarter century of experience, Rod brings a wealth of leadership and knowledge to the company.

Before joining Tyson Foods, Rod worked for Diversified Human Resources Group in Dallas. He joined IBP, inc., now Tyson Fresh Meats, in 1987. Rod has served in many positions during his time at Tyson Foods; he began working as a human resource consultant, and later led staffing and compensation/benefits. He became vice president of human resource administration before being named to his current position in 2007.

Rod holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Northwestern in Iowa. He is currently part of the Northwestern Advisory Board and previously served on the executive education advisory board at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business for eight years.

Term expires 2016.

Rep. Bob Ballinger

Rep. Bob Ballinger

State Representative, District 97

Attorney
B.A., Social Studies, Northeastern State University
J.D., University of Arkansas

Rep. Bob Ballinger is serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents portions of Madison, Carrol, and Washington counties.

Rep. Ballinger attended Tulsa Webster high school. He received his B.A. in Social Studies at Northeastern State University. He then earned his J.D. at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

He is an attorney practicing at his private firm in Berryville, is involved in Kiwanis and was the previous president of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce.

He resides in Berryville with his wife Jessica. They have 7 children and one grandchild.

Term expires 2019.

Judge Kim Bridgforth

Hon. Kim Bridgforth

District Court Judge

Jefferson County District Court
B.A. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law

Judge Bridgforth is serving her fourth term on the the Jefferson County District Court and was appointed to the Commission in November of 2016 by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Bridgforth served as Senior Deputy Prosecutor at the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office. She is also a past Secretary and Vice President of District Judges’ Association and is a member of the Commission on Domestic Violence.

Term expires 2019.

Rep. Mary Lile Broadaway

Rep. Mary Lile Broadaway

State Representative, District 57

Attorney
Broadaway & Broadaway, P.A.
B.A., University of Arkansas
J.D., University of Arkansas

After obtaining her law degree in 1989, Broadaway and her husband moved to Paragould, where she became a small business owner and established her law practice. She has served as the attorney for the Child Support Enforcement Unit, as well as Human Resource Officer/In-House Counsel for Frolic Footwear. Throughout her practice, she has assisted clients through difficult times in cases involving child custody, guardianships, social security disability, estate/probate, and financial matters. In addition to her private practice, Broadaway serves as the City Attorney for the City of Corning, where she prosecutes misdemeanor charges and advise the City concerning municipal law. In 2012, she was elected to serve her first term in the House of Representatives of the Arkansas General Assembly, and was re-elected again in 2014.

Over the years, Broadaway been actively involved in the Paragould community by serving on the Boards of the Paragould/Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Paragould, and the Greene County Community Fund; and as a member of the Paragould Rotary Club. She has also been active in the legal community by serving on the Boards of the Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly and Legal Aid of Northeast Arkansas. Broadaway is an active member of the Greene-Clay Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association. She has also served on the Board of the Learning Center, a school designed for special needs individuals.

Broadaway lives in Paragould with her husband and law partner Brad Broadaway, and their three children Jack, Whit, and Lily.

Term expires 2017.

Jean Carter

Jean Carter

Executive Director

Center for Arkansas Legal Services
B.A. History, 1977, University of Arkansas
J.D., 1980, University of Arkansas

Jean Turner Carter is a native of Magnolia, Arkansas and a graduate of Crossett Senior High School. Ms. Carter attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she received her Bachelors degree in 1977 and her law degree in 1980. Ms. Carter was admitted to practice in Arkansas in 1980. Ms. Carter began her legal career as a staff attorney for Legal Services of Arkansas in 1980. Ms. Carter became the executive director of Legal Services of Arkansas in 1985. In 1996, Legal Services of Arkansas merged into Central Arkansas Legal Services, and Ms. Carter became the deputy director of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. In 1997, Ms. Carter became the executive director for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services.

Ms. Carter is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She currently serves on numerous Arkansas Bar Association committees. Ms. Carter is an ex-officio member of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and serves as secretary/treasurer of the board of Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly. She has also served on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Child Support.

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is a nonprofit organization which provides free legal assistance to low income and elderly clients in non-criminal cases for 44 counties in Arkansas.

Judge Teresa French

Judge Teresa French

Circuit Judge

10th Judicial Circuit

Term expires 2019.

Don Hollingsworth

Don Hollingsworth

Commissioner and Foundation Board Member

Retired Attorney
Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D., 1972
Rhodes College, B. A. in History with Distinction, 1967
Little Rock Central High School, 1963

Hollingsworth began his legal career in 1972 as a staff attorney with Memphis Area Legal Services. In 1978, he returned to Little Rock and served 18 years as the Executive Director of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. Thereafter, he was the Executive Director of the Arkansas Bar Association until 2007. From 2008 until 2010, he worked part-time as a Senior Associate at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

In the 1980s, Hollingsworth was a leader both locally and nationally in increasing private bar support for legal aid and opposing efforts in Congress to abolish federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation. These efforts included serving four years as the national vice chair of the Project Advisory Group, which was the national organization for legal aid providers and their clients.

He has served on the governing bodies of numerous nonprofit organizations and government entities, including the Arkansas Bar Association Board of Governors, Arkansas IOLTA Foundation, Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Reform, Governor’s Health Care Access Council, VOCALS, Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Child Support, Second Presbyterian Church, Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Sun, Advocacy Planning Committee for the Developmentally Disabled in Tennessee, and Memphis Coalition for the Handicapped.

Hollingsworth was a founding member of the Health Policy Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and former Chair. He remains a current member of this board as well as the Faith Voices Arkansas, Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, Social Justice Advocacy Committee at Second Presbyterian Church, and Quality of Care Committee for State Employees Health Benefits.

His involvement in the Arkansas Bar Association includes being a Tenured Delegate of the House of Delegates, former chair of the Health Law Section, recipient of the Golden Gavel Award, and recipient of the Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.

Ex-Officio Member.

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson

Senator Jeremy Hutchinson is in his second term representing Senate District 33, which comprises portions of Pulaski and Saline Counties. He was elected to the Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Budget Claims Subcommittee.

Professionally, Senator Hutchinson is a partner with the law firm of Steel, Wright, Gray & Hutchinson, and is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Arkansas, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. In prior years, he worked for Hutchinson Law Firm, as a part-time deputy prosecutor in Saline County and an adjunct professor at John Brown University and Harding University where he taught employment law and economics. An active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, he serves on the association’s Legislative Task Force and Committee for Modern Judiciary. He also has membership with the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Civically, Senator Hutchinson is a former member of the board of directors for the Arkansas Council of Economic Education and the Arkansas Children’s Scholarship Fund. He holds a B.B.A. in economics from Harding University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was a member of the Moot Court Team.

Term expires 2020.

Samantha Leflar

Samantha Leflar

Attorney

Kutak Rock LLP
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arkansas 2007
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law, 2010

Ms. Leflar was appointed to the Commission in 2013 by the Arkansas Bar Association President. She is an attorney at Kutak Rock LLP, where she works in the litigation department. She primarily concentrates her practice on the defense of health care providers, appellate practice, and general civil litigation.

Prior to joining Kutak Rock in 2012, Ms. Leflar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bobby E. Shepherd, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She then served as a Skadden Fellow with Legal Aid of Arkansas, where she represented survivors of domestic violence in civil litigation geared toward helping her clients achieve economic independence to escape abuse.

Term expires 2019.

Mark Mayfield

Mark Mayfield

Principal

Womack, Phelps, Puryear, Mayfield & McNeil, P.A.
B.A., University of Arkansas
J.D., University of Arkansas

A principal at Womack Phelps, Mark is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 and a Juris Doctor in 1993. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as Revenue Legal Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Mark’s current areas of practice include employment law and litigation. His distinguished academic career includes membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Articles Editor of the Arkansas Law Review and a Clerkship with Judge G. Thomas Eisele, United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas.

Mark’s community involvement includes service as chairman of the board of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the Northeast Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management.

Term expires 2017.

Prof. Tiffany Murphy

Tiffany Murphy

Assistant Professor of Law

University of Arkansas School of Law (term expires 2018)

Professor Murphy most recently taught at Oklahoma City University School of Law as a clinical professor and the director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project. She also was a clinical professor and legal director of the Midwestern Innocence Project at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Prior to that, she practiced at the Federal Defender’s Office Capital Habeas Units in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. Murphy’s research interests focus on the problems in protecting federal constitutional rights and actual innocence while pursuing post-conviction remedies. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Term expires 2018.

Dr. Karama Neal

Karama Neal

Chief Operating Officer

Southern Bancorp Community Partners
B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Ph.D., Emory University

Dr. Karama Neal promotes equity in education, health, and opportunity for all people through teaching, research, practice, advocacy, and service through writing, speaking, and other work.

As Chief Operating Officer of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a community development financial institution, she oversees program development and management and organizational operations in several locations in rural Arkansas in Mississippi.

In 2013, Dr. Neal created a statewide grassroots campaign that led to passage of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in Arkansas in 2015. This law provides legal protections for those owning family land and for the surrounding communities.

Dr. Neal maintains an active interest in social enterprise, internet equity, nontraditional access to education, and other means of facilitating opportunity. She serves on the board of directors of the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and as treasurer of the board of the Arkansas Literacy Councils.

Term expires 2019.

Prof. Kelly Olson

Prof. Kelly Olson

Associate Professor

Director of Clinical Programs – UALR Bowen School of Law
B.A., 1989, Marquette University
J.D., 1992, University of Michigan
LL.M., 1997, Loyola University Chicago

Professor Olson joined the law school faculty at the University of Arkansas Little Rock – Bowen School of Law in 2001. She was the Mediation Clinic Director from 2001 – 2003, and she currently directs the clinical programs. She mediates and supervises abuse, neglect, delinquency, special education, custody and visitation and small claims mediations. She also teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Domestic Violence and Family Law courses. She helped create the U.A.L.R. Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Mediation. Before coming to Arkansas, she taught mediation and ADR and lectured in juvenile law, elder law and domestic violence courses at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Before seeking her LL.M. in Child Law at Loyola, she worked as General Counsel at a small telecommunications company. She is a frequent speaker and trainer on mediation and children’s legal issues.

Ex-officio Member

Lee Richardson

Lee Richardson

Executive Director

Legal Aid of Arkansas
B.A. Political Science, 1983, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
J.D., 1987, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Lee Richardson is a native of Melbourne, Arkansas and a graduate of Melbourne High School. He was admitted to practice in Arkansas in 1987 and began his legal career in solo practice in Melbourne, then had a brief stint as an Inmate Attorney for the Arkansas Department of Corrections before joining Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas in 1991. During his Legal Aid career, he has served in several capacities including staff attorney, managing attorney, litigation director, and deputy director. In 2005, Mr. Richardson became the executive director for Legal Aid of Arkansas. He had previously served for two years as executive director of Legal Services of Northeast Arkansas.

Mr. Richardson is a member of the Arkansas and Craighead County Bar Associations. He is a member of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Leadership and Diversity Committee. He is an ex-officio member of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.

Mr. Richardson has two children, Victor and Sabrina.

Legal Aid of Arkansas is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income clients in civil cases for 31 counties in Arkansas.

Ex-officio Member

Kerri Sernel

Kerri Michael Sernel

Outreach Director

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
B.A. Psychology, 1992, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
M.S.W., 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kerri Michael Sernel is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of Germantown High School. She began her career as a nonprofit professional in 1997 as a court advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her experience in working with victims of domestic and sexual violence spanned the next twelve years and included co-facilitating a domestic violence offenders’ intervention group; building coalitions with area court personnel, law enforcement, health care and other service providers to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence; counseling adult and child victims of sexual abuse; and working on policy issues at the statewide level. In 2014, Kerri joined the staff of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that all children and families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and to realize their full potential.

Kerri married her husband, Lt Col Toby Sernel, USAF, in 1994. They have one daughter, Lily, who was born in 2002.

Term expires 2016.

Judge Thomas E. Smith

Judge Thomas E. Smith

Circuit Judge

19th-West Judicial Circuit

Term expires 2019.

Prof. Tim Tarvin

Prof. Tim Tarvin

Associate Professor

University of Arkansas School of Law
B.A., Hendrix College
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law

Professor Tim Tarvin teaches the Federal Practice Clinic, the Transactional Clinic and the General Practice Clinic. He serves in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates and is a member of the Association’s Technology Committee and Legal Services Committee. He has served on the Arkansas Supreme Court Task Force on Public Access to Court Records and on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

He has spoken at local, regional and national conferences on the academic use of document assembly software and expert systems and has served as a panelist and presenter on web-based continuing legal education, co-authoring an article on that topic. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on legal technology, nonprofit organizations and bankruptcy.

Following his admission to practice in 1976 he served as deputy prosecuting attorney, bankruptcy trustee, juvenile judge, and municipal judge before joining the School of Law faculty in 1993. Professor Tarvin is admitted to practice before the Arkansas Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and United States District Courts for Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. He belongs to the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the Washington County Bar Association. He earned his B.A. in business and economics from Hendrix College and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Ex-officio Member.

Glenn Vasser

Glenn Vasser

Attorney

McKenzie, Vasser & Barber

Term expires 2017.

Andrea Walker

Andrea Walker

Managing HelpLine Attorney

Legal Aid of Arkansas
B.A., University of Kansas
J.D., Washburn University School of Law

Andrea is the Managing HelpLine Attorney for Legal Aid of Arkansas. A native of Osawatomie, Kansas, Andrea has lived in Jonesboro since her graduation from Washburn University Law School in 2005. She is an active member of the Arkansas and Craighead County Bar Associations. During her tenure at legal aid, she has represented hundreds of low-income clients in matters assuring protection for domestic violence victims, economic security for families living in poverty, and safe housing for the elderly.

Legal Aid of Arkansas is a nonprofit organization which provides free legal assistance to low income and elderly clients in non-criminal cases for 31 counties in northern and eastern Arkansas.

Term expires 2018.

Justice Robin F. Wynne

Justice Robin F. Wynne

B.A., cum laude, Harvard College
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Before being elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Justice Wynne served as a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals from 2011 to 2014. In addition to his judicial duties, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, the University of Arkansas School of Law, and Philander Smith College.

Prior to serving on the appellate bench, Justice Wynne practiced law in Fordyce at the Wynne Law Firm for over thirty years. During that time, he served his community in many capacities. He has been city attorney, deputy prosecuting attorney, state representative, district court judge, school board member, and chancellor for the United Methodist Church.

Justice Wynne is committed to the mission of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.

Term expires 2017.

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