Arkansas Access to Justice Commissioners

Mark Mayfield - Chair

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 2023.

Judge Kim Bridgforth - Vice Chair

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 2022.

Judge Carlton Jones - Secretary

Judge Carlton Jones

Circuit Judge

8th-South Judicial Circuit

Term expires 2022

Samantha Blassingame

Samantha Blassingame

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 2022.

Prof. Kelly Browe Olson

Prof. Kelly Browe 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.

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.

Ex-officio Member.

Rep. Andrew Collins

Rep. Andrew Collins

Commissioner

State Representative/Attorney
Cypress Properties

Rep. Collins is an attorney who works in real estate for Cypress Properties. He grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Duke University and Columbia Law School. In between college and law school, he worked in the AmeriCorps VISTA national service program. Rep. Collins has been involved with several civic and professional organizations, including President of the Board of Directors of Our House, the UA-Pulaski Tech Foundation Board, and Leadership Greater Little Rock. He lives in Little Rock with his wife and three children.

Term expires 2022.

Kendall Lewellen

Kendall Lewellen

Managing Attorney

Center for Arkansas Legal Services
J.D., 2016, William H. Bowen School of Law
B.A. with Distinction, 2012, Hendrix College
Kendall Lewellen is an attorney at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. She oversees its housing advocacy across its 40-county service area and the operations of its Fort Smith and Russellville offices. She has served the legal aid community in many capacities since her first year of law school, from pro bono coordination, grant writing, legal representation in housing, family law, and public benefits cases to supervision.

Kendall Lewellen previously served as a Staff Attorney at the Fort Smith Crisis Intervention Center, where she provided civil legal aid to domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors. She has received the Spirit of the Five-Year Plan Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Outstanding Public Service Award from the William H. Bowen School of Law for her work to begin the Veterans Legal Assistance Program in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Term expires 2021.

Skye Martin

Skye Martin

Attorney
Department of Human Services
B.A., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
J.D., High Honors, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Ms. Martin is an attorney at the Department of Human Services. She has been active in groups focused on charity and advancing diversity since law school. She is currently involved with many charitable organizations, including the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Martin is also a member of the Pulaski County and Arkansas Bar Associations.

Term expires 2021.

J. Cliff McKinney, II

J. Cliff McKinney II

Ex-officio 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.

Ex-officio Member.

Judge Holly Meyer

Judge Holly Meyer

Circuit Judge

Holly Lodge Meyer serves as the 1st Division Circuit Judge in the 16th Judicial District of Arkansas, which includes Cleburne, Stone, Independence, Fulton and Izard Counties.

Holly served as Prosecuting Attorney for the 16th District from 2017-2018 and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the 6th and 16th Districts for 25 years. She has prosecuted major felony trials and has been lead counsel in more than 125 state court criminal jury trials. Holly was the Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District (Pulaski and Perry Counties) of Arkansas. She supervised the Drug Prosecution, Asset Forfeiture, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Research and Training, Municipal Court and Citizen Complaints Divisions of the Little Rock office.  As lead counsel in homicide and violent crime cases, she has a distinguished career of serving the victims of crime.

Meyer was in private practice for many years in Cleburne County focusing on domestic relations and oil and gas law. She is a former County Attorney, Deputy City Attorney and President of the Cleburne County Bar Association.

Holly is also a former Chief Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Human Services (1996-1997).   As the Chief Counsel, Holly was the supervising legal representative for all litigation filed either on behalf or against the DHS.  She managed a staff of 135 employees and an annual budget in excess of $6.3 million and dealt extensively with legislative matters for the Department.   From 1997 to 1999 she was an associate with the law firm of Armstrong Allen Prewitt Johnston Gentry and Holmes, a regional firm with offices in Little Rock, Memphis and Jackson, Mississippi. Her areas of practice included health law, administrative law, Title VII, §1983 litigation, and criminal law.

Holly Meyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hendrix College and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law.  She has taught extensively about cross-examination, expert testimony, the visual trial, and trial techniques for the National College of District Attorneys, State Prosecutor Associations and law enforcement.  Licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Holly has served as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, and a member of the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.

Holly is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock and has served on their alumni board.  She has been an instructor in the Batesville Leadership Program and former Heber Springs School Board member. Holly volunteers extensively for Arkansas 4-H and Youth Hunter Education as a youth shooting sports and wildlife identification instructor. Along with her husband Dr. Lawrence Meyer, she resides in beautiful Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Term expires 2022.

Kerri Michael

Kerri Michael

Communications and Outreach Manager, Disability Rights Arkansas

B.A. Psychology, 1992, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
M.S.W., 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kerri Michael 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 2019 Kerri joined the staff of Disability Rights Arkansas as Communications and Outreach Manager.

Term expires 2022.

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 2021.

Dequeshia Prude Wheeler

Dequeshia Prude Wheeler

Attorney

Prude Legacy Law Group, PLLC
University of Arkansas School of Law

Dequeshia was appointed to the Commission in 2020 by the Arkansas Bar Association President. She is the founder of Prude Legacy Law Group, PLLC, where she handles bankruptcy, probate, estate planning, and business matters.

Prior to founding Prude Legacy Law Group, PLLC, Dequeshia worked in Ethics and Compliance for a Fortune 500 corporation, served as legal counsel for a major hospital system in Northwest Arkansas, and represented chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy debtors in federal court.

Term expires 2023.

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.

Dr. Chadwick Rodgers

Chad Rodgers, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician, Little Rock Pediatric Clinic
Chief Medical Officer, AFMC
BA, 1994, Baylor University
MD, 1998, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Rodgers has been in Pediatric Practice for almost 20 years at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic and has served as Chief Medical Officer for AFMC for the last five years. His interests have included Child Advocacy, Pediatric Development, Health Literacy, Social Determinants of Health, and Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience. He is an active member of the State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served on the National level of the American Academy of Pediatrics addressing health care disparities for children and their families. He also serves on the Board of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. During his years of practice, he has become acutely aware of the importance of the legal system in addressing the needs of his patients and families to address what he cannot in the exam room through strong Medical Legal Partnerships.

Term expires 2022.

Senator James Sturch

Senator James Sturch

Commissioner

State Senator

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.

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 2023.

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