Arkansas Access to Justice Commissioners

Mark Mayfield


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


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.

Bonnie Allen

Interim Executive Director

Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Bonnie Allen is the Interim Executive Director for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services.

Ex-officio Member.

Rep. Andrew Collins


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

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.

Amelia McGowan

Assistant Professor of Law

University of Arkansas School of Law

Professor McGowan is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic.

Professor McGowan’s scholarship and advocacy focus on asylum law–particularly in an inter-American context. Her first law review article, forthcoming in the Marquette Law Review, makes an important contribution to asylum law scholarship by identifying, analyzing, and criticizing the development of reporting requirements in some immigration courts throughout the U.S. Where they apply, these requirements bar protection where applicants did not first report the harm they suffered to the authorities in their countries of origin before fleeing–even where reporting would have been futile, dangerous, or impossible. Her second article, forthcoming in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, applies Latin American feminist theory and interdisciplinary Spanish-language sources to explore the particular harms that these reporting requirements have on applicants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador with gender-based claims. She is currently working on an article comparing the asylum systems of the U.S. and Argentina, highlighting Argentina’s innovative approaches to promoting access to justice for asylum seekers.

Since 2021, Professor McGowan has served as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. Through this work, she represents the Commission in an inter-American asylum working group studying the strengths and weaknesses of the asylum systems in the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. In 2023, she joined a working group colleague to discuss the project with officials at the Supreme Court of Argentina. She has also co-drafted a proposed ABA resolution advocating for increased protections for asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence.

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty in 2022, Professor McGowan served as the Immigration Campaign Director at the Mississippi Center for Justice, where she focused her practice on appellate representation of asylum seekers and led a team of pro bono attorneys charged with representing over 100 Mississippians impacted by the 2019 immigration raids in chicken plants around the state. Professor McGowan also served as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where she taught Immigration Law and directed the school’s Immigration Clinic since its founding in 2015 until May 2022.

Professor McGowan received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and B.A. in History (International Studies) and Spanish from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she studied abroad in Vietnam and participated in a cultural exchange program in Panama. She is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese.

Dequeshia Prude-Wheeler


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 Ben Gilmore

Commissioner/State Senator

Prof. Will Foster

Associate Professor of Law

University of Arkansas School of Law

Professor Foster’s teaching and scholarship focus primarily on tax, business, and transactional matters. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Business Law Concentration program.

From 2016 to 2020, Prof. Foster was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Law. He was previously an associate professor at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. From 2006-2010, he practiced in the mergers and acquisitions department of Friday, Eldredge & Clark. He holds a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Arkansas and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University.

Professor Foster is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association and currently serves as the reporter for the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions – Civil. He previously served as a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing, and has served as the president of the W. B. Putman American Inn of Court.

Professor Foster was voted Professor of the Year by the graduating law students at Washburn University in 2013 and at the University of Arkansas in 2016.

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 Barbara Womack Webb

Justice Barbara W. Webb began practicing law in 1982 where she served as in-house counsel for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She remained with Southwestern Bell
until 1987 before moving on to private practice, where she worked for the next ten years. In 1997 she was elected to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for the 7th and 22nd Judicial
Districts in Arkansas. She continued to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for three two-year terms.

Her judicial career began in 2005 as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. As an ALJ, she was elected President of the Arkansas Association of Administrative Adjudicator’s and served as an Adjunct Professor of the Bowen School of Law. In 2015, she became the Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. In 2018 she was appointed by Governor Hutchinson to serve as the first female Circuit Judge in Saline County. In 2019 she became the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission where she remained until January 2021 when she began her term on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Prior to being elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Justice Webb served the legal community in many capacities. She was a Special Commissioner on the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, a City Court Judge, a Special Judge in Municipal Court, and an Alderman. She practiced both criminal and civil litigation in both state and federal courts in Arkansas and handled major state regulatory proceedings in Arkansas and Oklahoma. She served on the Arkansas Juvenile Justice Coalition, the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the State Crime Lab Board, and the Arkansas Ethics Commission. She is currently serving as the Supreme Court liaison to the Access to Justice Commission and the Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association.

Justice Webb earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1979 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she was named to Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded the Henry M. Alexander Award for academic achievement as the top graduating senior in her degree. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the Bowen School of Law in 1982, where she was the Associate Editor of the UALR Law Journal.

She has been involved in her community and church. She served as Moderator of the Arkansas Presbytery and currently serves on the Committee on Ministry, Arkansas Presbytery. She was very active in the establishment of Safe Haven, Inc., a domestic violence shelter for adult and child victims of abuse in Saline County. She also served as legal counsel for the Ouachita Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

Justice Webb lives in Benton, Arkansas. She has been married to her husband, Doyle, for 37 years and is a proud mom to two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Carlisle and Sophie.

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