Arkansas Access to Justice Board Members

J. Cliff McKinney II, President

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.

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.

Brian Clary

Brian Clary

Board Member

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
22nd Judicial District of Arkansas
B.A., Religious Studies, Rhodes College
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Mr. Clary is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Saline County where he handles a general felony case load for the office. Outside of his practice, he is actively involved with professional organizations. Mr. Clary is the Immediate Past President and the former Treasurer of the William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Board of Governors and House of Delegates for the Arkansas Bar Association. He has also served as the CLE Committee Chair, Young Lawyers Section Chair, and Annual Meeting Chair for the Bar Association. In addition to his service to the legal profession, Mr. Clary has also dedicated his time and efforts to serving as a Co-Chair of the Soup Sunday Committee for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Dave Dickson

Dave Dickson

Board Member

President
Union Bank & Trust
B.S. Banking & Finance, Mississippi State University
Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University

Dave Dickson is a native of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. He is the President of Union Bank & Trust in Monticello, Arkansas and the former Chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association. He and his wife, Memorie, have three daughters.

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.

Don Hollingsworth

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.

Harry Light

Harry Light

Board Member

Partner
Friday, Eldredge & Clark
B.A. University of Florida
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law

Harry Light is a native of Islamorada, Florida who now lives in Cammack Village with his wife, Van. Harry’s practice includes bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and trademark/copyright applications. He has also been an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, having served in the House of Delegates and as Chairman of the Board of Governors. Harry’s charitable work has included servin on the boards of the Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals and the Humane Society of Pulaski County.

Debby Nye

Debby Nye

Foundation Board Member

Partner, Kutak Rock
B.A., Political Science/Sociology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law

Debby Nye’s practice is focused on health law, she assists healthcare providers with issues involving their general operational activities and in maintaining compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid program regulations. She previously worked at the Arkansas Healthcare Association and the Department of Human Services. She is a member and past chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

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.

Stacey Pectol

Stacey Pectol

Foundation Board Member

Clerk of Courts
Arkansas Supreme Court
Hendrix College
J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law

Ms. Stacey Pectol graduated from Hendrix College and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. She began her career as a law clerk to then Chief Judge Donald L. Corbin at the Arkansas Court of Appeals and continued as his clerk when he was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Ms. Pectol was hired as in-house counsel for Express Human Resources, Inc., where she concentrated on labor and employment law, as well as supervised and managed the legal department. After a break in her career to begin a family, Ms. Pectol returned to the Justice Building as Justice Corbin’s law clerk. Ms. Pectol was appointed to the position as Clerk of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on July 1, 2014.

Ms. Pectol was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks on August 10, 2017. She has previously served on the boards of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and the Asbury Christian Child Development Center. She is a former Vice-Chairman of the Asbury United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.

Hillis Schild

Hillis Schild

Foundation Board Member

Vice President-Community Affairs, Regions Bank
B.A. Accounting, Ouachita Baptist University

Hillis Schild is a long-time resident of Little Rock where she began working in the banking industry over 27 years ago.  As the Community Affairs Manager for Regions Bank her territory includes the State of Arkansas and a few counties in Texas.  She describes her work as a being bridge-builder which assists in connecting mainstream financial services and products to organizations which serve predominately low- and moderate-income individuals.

She has a passion for moving Arkansas forward through strengthening the quality of life for low-income Arkansans.  She provides technical and financial advice through service on the following organizations’ board of directors or advisory committees: Memphis Area CRA Association, Western Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition, Arkansas Coalition for Housing and Neighborhood Growth and Empowerment, Southside Main Street Project, Inc., Junior Achievement of Central Arkansas Advisory Board, Arkansas Consolidated Plan Advisory Committee, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Community Development Advisory Council and the Heartland Renaissance Low-Income Advisory Committee. Previously, she served in leadership positions with the following organizations: City of Little Rock Land Bank Commission, University District Development Corporation, Pulaski County Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, Mid-South Delta LISC, Arkansas Mississippi Minority Supplier Development Council, Argenta Community Development Corporation, and The Fine Arts Club of Arkansas.

Little Rock has been her home for most of her life although she was born in Memphis, TN.   She is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Ouachita Baptist University.  Her husband is Stuart, they have two “four-legged kids” and she enjoys all aspects of the Natural State including gardening, and fly fishing.

Sainabou Sonko

Sainabou Sonko

Foundation Board Member

Associate, Mitchell Williams

B.A., Political Science & Sociology, DePauw University
J.D., Rutgers University

Ms. Sonko is an associate at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group. Previously she worked as a clerk for the Connecticut Superior Court and as research attorney in Georgia, focusing on employment, immigration and civil rights matters. Ms. Sonko has also taught Business Law and Legal Research and Writing.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Sonko is involved with the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and the Muscular Dystrophy Legal Leaders. She has published pieces on human rights issues, including articles on modern-day slavery in Ghana and dowry murders in India.  Ms. Sonko is a native of Gambia and is fluent in Wolof.

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.

Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

Foundation Board Member

Attorney, Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton
B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law

A life-long Arkansas resident, Jonathan Warren is an attorney at Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton. Previously, he had worked as a law clerk to an Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and an Assistant Arkansas Attorney General.  As an Eagle Scout, he remains active in Boy Scouts of America, serving on the Executive Board of the Quapaw Area Council. He is also an active supporter of the Historic Arkansas Museum, the UA Little Rock Alumni Association, and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

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