Arkansas Access to Justice Board Members

Rep. Sarah Capp

Rep. Sarah Capp

Foundation Board Member

State Representative/Attorney
Capp Law Firm
B.S., Political Science, Murray State University
J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law

Rep. Sarah Capp is serving her first term in the Arkansas House.  She represents District 82 which includes portions of Franklin, Madison, and Crawford counties.

For the 91st General Assembly, Rep. Capp serves on House Judiciary Committee and the House City, County, and Local Affairs Committee.

Rep. Capp has previously served a the City Attorney for Altus and as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court in May 2015.  She served on the board of directors for the Arkansas Development Finance Authority in 2016.

Rep. Capp is a member of the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Bar Association. She also serves on the Parent Counsel Program Advisory Committee.  She previously served as president for Big Brothers/Big Sisters chapter in the River Valley.

Rep. Capp lives in Ozark with her husband, Eric, and their two children, Cade and Cambryn. Rep. Capp and her family are members of the First United Methodist Church in Ozark.

Brian Clary

Brian Clary

Board Member

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
22nd Judicial District of Arkansas
B.A., Religious Studies, Rhodes College
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Mr. Clary is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Saline County where he handles a general felony case load for the office. Outside of his practice, he is actively involved with professional organizations. Mr. Clary is the Immediate Past President and the former Treasurer of the William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Board of Governors and House of Delegates for the Arkansas Bar Association. He has also served as the CLE Committee Chair, Young Lawyers Section Chair, and Annual Meeting Chair for the Bar Association. In addition to his service to the legal profession, Mr. Clary has also dedicated his time and efforts to serving as a Co-Chair of the Soup Sunday Committee for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Angela Duran

Angela Duran

Foundation Board Member

Principal, Duran and Associates
B.A. Political Science, University of Tulsa
M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Ms. Duran currently provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations through her company, Duran and Associates. Prior to working as a consultant, Ms. Duran served as the President of Southern Good Faith Fund. In 2004, SGFF was named Nonprofit Organization of the Year by Arkansas Business. In 2006, SGFF was named one of four Families Count Honorees by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. And in 2007, Ms. Duran was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Arkansas Business.

Ms. Duran serves on the board of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Foundation and is a graduate of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program. She has previously served as a governor appointee to the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and on the boards of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, and Mount Saint Mary Academy. She has also served on the Advisory Committee for the National Network of Sector Partners and as a member of the Rotary Club of Pine Bluff.

Ms. Duran has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She and her husband Lill Lewis have two sons, Matthew and Noah.

Tyler Ginn

Tyler Ginn

Foundation Board Member

Attorney at Law
B.S., Arkansas State University
J.D., University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Mr. Tyler Ginn is a lifelong resident of Crittenden County, Arkansas, where he located his solo general practice law firm in 2014. In addition to running his practice, Mr. Ginn serves as a public defender in Greene County.

Mr. Ginn is a 2014 graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. As a student, he earned the 2013 Tennessee Law Student for Justice for contributing more than 450 pro bono hours providing legal help to citizens of Shelby County, Tennessee, and worked as a Student Prosecutor for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Ginn was appointed to the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation Board in 2015 by Arkansas Bar Association President Brian Ratcliff.

Don Hollingsworth, President

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.

J. Cliff McKinney II, Secretary

J. Cliff McKinney II

Foundation Board Member

Managing Member
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC

B.A., 1999, Baylor University
M.P.A, 2002, University of Arkansas
J.D., cum laude, 2002, University of Arkansas School of Law
LL.M., 2003, Southern Methodist University

Cliff McKinney is a transactional attorney at Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC.  His primary practice is real estate law and business and regulatory matters related to real estate. Mr. McKinney has also been active in the legislative process, including serving on the Arkansas Bar Association’s Jurisprudence and Law Reform and Legislation Committees.

Mr. McKinney is currently serving his sixth term as Chair of the Real Estate Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association.  In that capacity, he spearheaded the creation of the Arkansas Real Estate Review and currently serves as one of its editors.  Mr. McKinney served as the U.S. Green Building Council Arkansas Chapter’s Secretary and Treasurer and served on the Arkansas General Assembly’s Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices.  He also serves on the state’s Old State House Commission.

Mr. McKinney is also involved in the academic side of real estate law.  Mr. McKinney is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where he teaches Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Transaction Skills.  He has written a number of law review articles on real estate topics, including implied covenants, deed drafting, boundary by acquiescence, adverse possession and landlord/tenant rights. He chaired the committee for the third edition of the Standards for Examination of Real Estate Titles in Arkansas and authored the Arkansas chapter for an American Bar Association book on institutional land use controls.

Mr. McKinney is President of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas.  He served as Board Chair of Arkansas Rice Depot from 2008-2009 and remained active in the organization through 2015 when he served on the merger committee that resulted in Arkansas Rice Depot merging with Arkansas Foodbank to form the largest hunger relief agency in the state.  Mr. McKinney now serves on the board of Arkansas Foodbank.  Mr. McKinney chaired the Arkansas Bar Association 2011 Annual Meeting and the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting.  He currently serves on the Arkansas Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is a tenured member of the House of Delegates.

Hillis Schild

Hillis Schild

Foundation Board Member

Community Affairs Manager
Regions Bank

Kristin Pawlik

Kristin Pawlik

Board Member

B.A., 1996, University of Arkansas
J.D., 1999, University of Arkansas School of Law

Kristin L. Pawlik is a native of Bentonville and began practicing law in Benton County upon her admission to the Bar in 1999. She worked for the Public Defender’s Office in the 19th Judicial District for over four years, most recently as Chief Deputy Public Defender. Kristin joined Keith, Miller, Butler, Schneider & Pawlik in October of 2003 and concentrates her practice in the areas of domestic relations, family law, criminal defense and employment law.  She became a partner in 2008.

Ms. Pawlik belongs to the Benton County Bar Association where she served as President in 2007. She is also a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  She also serves on the Arkansas Bar Association’s Board of Governors.  In 2009 Kristin was recognized by the Arkansas Access To Justice Commission as the Arkansas Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

Stacey Pectol

Stacey Pectol

Foundation Board Member

Clerk of Courts
Arkansas Supreme Court
Hendrix College
J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law

Ms. Stacey Pectol graduated from Hendrix College and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. She began her career as a law clerk to then Chief Judge Donald L. Corbin at the Arkansas Court of Appeals and continued as his clerk when he was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Ms. Pectol was hired as in-house counsel for Express Human Resources, Inc., where she concentrated on labor and employment law, as well as supervised and managed the legal department. After a break in her career to begin a family, Ms. Pectol returned to the Justice Building as Justice Corbin’s law clerk. Ms. Pectol was appointed to the position as Clerk of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on July 1, 2014.

Ms. Pectol was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks on August 10, 2017. She has previously served on the boards of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and the Asbury Christian Child Development Center. She is a former Vice-Chairman of the Asbury United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.

Frank B. Sewall

Frank B. Sewall

Foundation Board Member

Senior Regulatory Counsel
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
M.B.A., Dartmouth College
J.D., Emory University School of Law

Mr. Sewall graduated from Dartmouth College with an MBA with a concentration in labor relations and banking. He obtained his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1974. Since 1991 he has worked as Senior Counsel, Regulatory, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Prior to that, he served as associate and assistant Counsel at National Old Line Insurance Company and as Chief Counsel at the Arkansas Insurance Department. He was a commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps from 1968-1972.

Mr. Sewall is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association, where he served as President in 1988. He is also a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, serving in the House of Delegates from 1983-86 and again from 1990-92. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of that organization in 1994. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Corporate and Insurance Sections, and is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. Mr. Sewall is a member of the Saint Thomas More Society of Arkansas, serving as President in 2003. He served on the Board of VOCALS from 1992-2002 and as Chair from 1997-99.

Victoria Smith, Vice President

Victoria Smith

Foundation Board Member

Senior Associate General Counsel
Walmart Stores, Inc.
B.A., Texas State University
M.A., University of Arkansas
J.D., University of Tulsa

Victoria Smith is a Senior Associate General Counsel for Walmart Stores, Inc. She currently handles employment litigation and counseling matters for Walmart. She has worked for the Walmart legal department for 17 years, in a variety of capacities, including tort litigation, employment class action litigation, single plaintiff employment litigation and employment counseling for field and home office HR professionals. Prior to joining Walmart, Ms. Smith worked in private practice handling primarily family law and bankruptcy matters.

Ms. Smith has an undergraduate degree from Texas State, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a JD from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Smith also serves on the Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center board.

Sainabou Sonko

Sainabou Sonko

Foundation Board Member

Associate, Mitchell Williams

B.A., Political Science & Sociology, DePauw University
J.D., Rutgers University

Ms. Sonko is an associate at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group. Previously she worked as a clerk for the Connecticut Superior Court and as research attorney in Georgia, focusing on employment, immigration and civil rights matters. Ms. Sonko has also taught Business Law and Legal Research and Writing.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Sonko is involved with the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and the Muscular Dystrophy Legal Leaders. She has published pieces on human rights issues, including articles on modern-day slavery in Ghana and dowry murders in India.  Ms. Sonko is a native of Gambia and is fluent in Wolof.

James D. Sprott

James D. Sprott

Foundation Board Member

Attorney
Sprott & Golden
B.A., Hendrix College
J.D., Southern Methodist University

James D. Sprott is a partner at Sprott & Golden in Harrison, Arkansas, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, banking, and wills and estates. He is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, where he has served on the House of Delegates, Board of Governors, and as the Association’s President. Mr. Sprott is an Arkansas Bar Foundation Fellow, having also served on the Foundation’s board of directors, including a term as President. In addition to his service to the Arkansas Bar Association, Mr. Sprott is active with the American and Boone County Bar Associations.

Mr. Sprott is a member of the Community First Bank board of directors.

Katherine Stephens

Katherine Stephens

Foundation Board Member

Attorney at Law
Graduate Student
Clinton School of Public Service
A.B., 2005, Dartmouth College
J.D., 2015, Columbia University School of Law

Katie Stephens is currently pursuing a Master of Public Service (MPS) Degree full-time at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Katie now calls Little Rock her home after moving here with her husband, an Arkansas native, shortly after graduating from Columbia Law School in May of 2015. As a research assistant at Columbia’s Human Rights Institute, Katie contributed to several of the Institute’s publications during her time in law school, including numerous reports and advocacy briefs submitted to the United Nations, U.S. courts, and other government bodies.

After law school, Katie passed the July 2015 Arkansas Bar Exam and was an attorney with Friday, Eldredge, & Clark LLP before deciding to pursue a career in public service and obtain her MPS at the Clinton School. Admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Arkansas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Katie currently assists the Center for Arkansas Legal Services with cases on a pro bono basis in her spare time.

Bill Waddell

Bill Waddell

Board Member

Partner and Practice Group Leader
Friday, Eldredge & Clark
B.A. History/Spanish, University of Central Arkansas
J.D., UALR-Bowen School of Law

Bill Waddell is a native of West Helena, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas summa cum laude in 1978 with degrees in history and Spanish. After studying Spanish literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and teaching Spanish for two years, Bill began law school at the UALR Bowen School of Law and received his juris doctor degree in 1984. He has practiced law with Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP since 1984 and currently serves as the practice group leader for the Commercial Litigation & Regulation Practice Group. Bill serves as the legal advisor to the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church.

Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as chair of the Financial Services Committee and the Legal Services Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association. Currently Bill is chair of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Committee. He is also the president of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation. He is the 2013 recipient of the Living Legend Award from Philander Smith College for his social justice work, as well as the 2013 Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award. In 2014, he received the Father Joseph Biltz Award from Just Communities of Arkansas in recognition of his efforts to provide equal access to the legal system for those who are poor or otherwise marginalized.

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