Arkansas Access to Justice Board Members

Richard "Toby" Atkinson, Secretary

Richard T.

Richard T. “Toby” Atkinson

Foundation Board Member

B.A., Missouri State University
M.B.A., Southwest Baptist University

Richard T. “Toby” Atkinson has worked in his current role of Executive Director of Ozark Opportunities, Inc., since May of 2010. He began his career in Community Action in 2000, when he was hired as a Community Service Representative at Ozark Action, Inc. (a Community Action Agency in West Plains, Missouri) to work one-on-one with clients to complete applications for programs such as utility assistance, Weatherization, and HUD Housing.  After a year of front-line experience, he was offered the Strategic Initiative Developer position, with the central role of insuring that the Community Services Department was documenting and doing the necessary steps to insure funding, as well as writing and implementing new community programs in the region. Other duties included needs assessment and strategic planning agency-wide, and working with other social service providers to make sure families had the services and supports they needed.  Mr. Atkinson spent time in Jefferson City as a member of multiple statewide task forces and work groups that ultimately resulted in better processes, policies, and programs statewide for those working in the trenches fighting the war on poverty.

Mr. Atkinson has an undergraduate degree from Missouri State University in Management, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.  He was able to take advantage of many opportunities to learn new ways to help Community Action meet the challenges on a local and national level, including completion of two recognized programs; the Internal ROMA Consultant (IRC) Certification, and Family Development Credential (FDC) program.

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.

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.

James D. Gingerich, Treasurer

James D. Gingerich

Treasurer

Director of State Courts Partnership
Bowen School of Law & National Center for State Courts
B.A., University of Central Arkansas
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
LL.M., University of Bristol

Mr. J.D. Gingerich is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, with highest honors in political science, of the University of Arkansas School of Law, and holds a Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol. He served as Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts of the Supreme Court of Arkansas, a position he held from 1988 to 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Gingerich was University Counsel and a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at UCA.

He is a Past-President of the US Conference of State Court Administrators and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the NCSC. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Crime Information Center, the Arkansas IOLTA Foundation, the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, the Arkansas Specialty Courts Commission and the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He has served as a member of the board of Foundation’s predecessor organization, the Arkansas IOLTA Foundation, since 1988. Mr. Gingerich is also the author of numerous publications that have appeared in the UALR Law Journal, The Arkansas Law Review, The Arkansas Lawyer, and the Midsouth Political Science Journal.

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.

Dr. Alice Hines

Dr. Alice Hines

Foundation Board Member

C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor of English
Hendrix College
B.A., Spelman College
M.A., University of Arkansas
Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University

A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Hines received her M.A. degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and her Ph.D. degree with an emphasis in 18th century English literature and rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

An educator for more than thirty-six years, she has taught at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma; the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Hendrix College. She has also served as an Upward Bound instructor at UALR. She is the recipient of the Sears, Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, was appointed Chairman of the Hendrix College English Department in 1990, in 1994 she was appointed Chair of the Humanities Area, and in April of 2001, she was named the C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor of English.

Dr. Hines has served and continues to serve on the boards of a number of service and professional organizations. She is the past president of the H.A.V.E.N. board, has held several offices in Altrusa International, is formerly President of the Arkansas Humanities Council, Chair of the Community Service Committee of the Conway Morning Rotary Club, Second Vice-President of Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, and holds membership on a number of other boards including the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, the Board of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, the Faulkner County Day School, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Counseling Associates Board, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and the Arkansas Women’s History Institute. A native of Menifee, Arkansas, where she presently resides, Dr. Hines is secretary to the Menifee City Planning Commission and a member of the Zion Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where she is the Recording Steward and teaches the Adult Sunday School class.

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.

Ron Lanoue

Ron Lanoue

Board Member

B.A., European History and Secondary Education, Rhode Island College
M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mr. Ron Lanoue has been a leader in the Arkansas access to justice movement since his tenure as the Director of the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership from April 2005 to December 2010.  He was instrumental in the early development of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, which he staffed in his capacity as ALSP Director.

Mr. Lanoue served for 20 years the Executive Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews [NCCJ] in Arkansas, was instrumental in the creation of a new NCCJ region in Northwest Arkansas, and finally served as NCCJ Executive Director in San Diego. In his NCCJ work Ron managed the programs, administrative operations, human resources, and fund development operations of NCCJ offices in Little Rock, Fayetteville, and San Diego.

Mr. Lanoue has also worked at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he was responsible to the Chancellor for the capital budget, facilities development and strategic planning.

During graduate school, Mr. Lanoue worked in the Wisconsin Legislature where he was special assistant to the House Municipalities Committee chairman. While there he was responsible for expanding the role of the state’s savings and loan industry in the development of low income housing. He also managed efforts while in California against various propositions that would limit the expansion of civil and human rights.

Mr. Lanoue is the recipient of numerous awards including NCCJ’s National Humanitarian Award, the Ethel K Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness given by Hendrix College, is a Paul Harris Fellow, and a Gandhi Non-Violence Award winner. He has two adult children, Elise and Joel, who live in Chicago.

J. Cliff McKinney II

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.

John Monroe

John Monroe

Foundation Board Member

Senior Vice President, Business Development
Simmon First National Bank
B.A., University of Arkansas
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law

John Monroe has worked in the banking profession in Little Rock since 1996. He is currently a Senior Vice President and Business Development Manager at Simmons First National Bank. Before joining Simmons First, he worked for Bank of America where he had roles as a Vice President in the Institutional Banking Department and in the Private Bank. He joined Metropolitan National Bank in 2004 which was acquired by Simmons First in 2013.

Prior to his banking career, Mr. Monroe was a legislative aide handling banking, commerce, labor and transportation issues for then-U.S. Senator David Pryor in Washington, D. C. from 1994-1996.

Mr. Monroe is actively involved in civic and community organizations. He currently serves on the Governmental Relations Committee for the Arkansas Bankers Association and as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas. He has served as deacon and member of the Young Adult Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church. Mr. Monroe is a graduate of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership class and in 2006 was recognized by Arkansas Business on their annual “40 Under 40” list.

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.

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.

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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