Arkansas Access to Justice Commissioners

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.

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 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.

Judge Carlton Jones

Circuit Judge

8th-South Judicial Circuit

Sharnae Diggs

Attorney

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
B.A., Arkansas State University
M.P.A., Arkansas State University
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Ms. Sharnae Diggs was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by the Arkansas Bar Association President. She is an attorney at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, where she works in the firm’s litigation practice group. She primarily concentrates her practice on general commercial litigation. Prior to joining Mitchell Williams, Sharnae was a deputy prosecuting attorney in Pulaski County and she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In addition to her practice, Sharnae is a member of the W. Harold Flowers Law Society, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, and the Arkansas Bar Association.

Rachael Borné

Director of Career Services
Our House

Rachael Borné is the Director of Career Services at Our House, where she has worked in direct service and program administration since 2015. In her current role, Rachael oversees all Career Center operations and supervises a large team of staff and AmeriCorps National Service Members. The Career Center empowers over 2,000 homeless and near-homeless clients each year to increase their education level, access employment, improve financial literacy, navigate the legal system, and grow in their careers.

Rachael serves on the board of Recycle Bikes for Kids, a program that provides free bikes and bike education to youth in Central Arkansas. She also serves on the board of Trust Tree, a music and arts summer program for young girls. Rachael received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College, and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Argentina.

Rachael is a proud graduate from Little Rock Central High School, and enjoys riding her bicycle, gardening, and hosting amazing dinner parties at her home in the Capitol View-Stifft Station neighborhood.

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.

Milo Mumgaard

Executive Director

Center for Arkansas Legal Services
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
J.D., New York University School of Law

Mr. Milo Mumgaard, a (nearly) lifelong Nebraskan, has over twenty-five years experience as a public interest lawyer and entrepreneur. He has represented migrant farmworkers in Texas, family farmers in Walthill, welfare moms in Lincoln, and meatpacking workers in Lexington. He founded Nebraska Appleseed and fought poverty from his basement, and then helped develop urban worker centers for the AFL-CIO and national voter protection campaigns for Common Cause. Now he daily finds great satisfaction in helping develop new opportunities for greener, more sustainable communities. He’s an honors graduate of UNL and the NYU School of Law.

Ex-officio Member.

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.

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.

Skye Martin

Attorney
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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.

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.

Benetick Maddison

Executive Director, Marshallese Educational Initiative

Arkansas State University

Benetick Kabua Maddison is the Executive Director of the Marshallese Educational Initiative (MEI), a Springdale-based nonprofit. Born in Majuro in the Marshall Islands, Maddison migrated with his family to Northwest Arkansas at the age of six. His work at MEI includes leading efforts to raise awareness of the US nuclear testing legacy, including its ongoing biological, ecological, and cultural consequences, and of the effects of climate change. Maddison has spoken at conferences and events in the US and internationally, including addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York and a UN meeting in Vienna, Austria in 2022. He worked previously at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a Community Health Advocate and remains active in addressing health disparities; he is also committed to raising Marshallese educational attainment levels. Currently, Maddison is pursuing a degree in political science at Arkansas State University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senator James Sturch

Commissioner

State Senator

Prof. Sara Gosman

Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Program

University of Arkansas School of Law
JD, Law, Harvard University, Cambridge
Hon. Adam G. Weeks 

Circuit Court

Third Judicial District
B.A. University of Central Arkansas
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law

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.

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