Foundation Board Member
B.A., Political Science, Spelman College
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
M.P.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ms. Rucker is a career law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Jerome Kearney. Previously, she clerked for retired Chief United States Magistrate Judge Henry Jones, Jr. and retired Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Olly Neal. Immediately preceding her federal clerkships, Ms. Rucker was a staff attorney for the Arkansas Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct where she handled attorney discipline matters and served as attorney liaison
for the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
Ms. Rucker has also taught Legal Profession and Criminal Procedure. She is the first graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s joint JD/MPA program, having completed the MPA program with high honors and induction into the Phi Alpha Alpha Honors Society. She also received the Robert Sarver Award, which is presented annually to one graduate student who is adjudged outstanding on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship.
Ms. Rucker has served in numerous capacities within the Arkansas Bar Association and has been recognized for her bar work with the Frank Elcan Award, Judith Ryan Gray Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the President’s Award, and several Golden Gavel awards. She has served in various capacities, including as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section, Annual Meeting Chair, Membership Development Chair, Leadership Academy Chair, and Long Range Planning Chair. She is a tenured member of the House of Delegates and has served on the Board of Governors, and the Legal Forms Committee. Ms. Rucker currently serves as a member of both the Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Legal Hall of Fame Task Force. She is also an Arkansas Bar Foundation Fellow and currently
serves on the Arkansas Bar Foundation Board of Directors.
Ms. Rucker has also served in several leadership positions on the national level with the American Bar Association, including as the District Representative for Arkansas and Oklahoma on the Young Lawyer Division’s Executive Council and as Liaisons to the Center on Professional Responsibility and the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (GPSLD). She is a former editor of the GPSLD newsletter.
In addition to her other activities, Ms. Rucker serves as Membership Co-Chairman for the Beta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is a member of the W. Harold Flowers Law Society.
Ms. Rucker was appointed to the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation Board in 2021.