2020 CLE Speakers & Agenda

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Speakers with a (V) behind their name will be presenting via live webcast. All others will be presenting in person at the physical location.

Wednesday, October 7th

9:00-10:00 AM: Hayden Shurgar (V) – Medical Malpractice & Professional Liability

10:00-11:00 AM: Stan Miller  (V) – Estate & Business Planning

11:00-11:10 AM: Break

11:10-12:10 PM: Judge Billy Roy Wilson – A View from the Federal Bench (1993-2020)

12:10-1:10 PM: Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM: Judge Cathi Compton – Law Lessons in Film (Ethics hour)

2:15-3:15 PM: Sammy High (V) Litigated Practice

3:15-3:30 PM: Break

3:30-4:30 PM: Hugh Finklestein – Evidentiary Trial Issues

Thursday, October 8th

9:00-10:00 AM: Robbie Wilson – Real Estate Title & Closing

10:00-11:00 AM: Meredith Moore – Human Trafficking

11:00-11:10 AM: Break

11:10-12:10 PM: Nick Kelley (with panelists Kadee Kelley & Grant Cox) (V) – Real Estate & Construction Law

12:10-1:10 PM: Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM: Keith Morrison (V) – Adoption/Guardianship Law

2:15-3:15 PM: Dr. Casey Rockwell (V) – Business Law

3:15-3:30 PM: Break

3:30-4:30 PM: Professor Howard Brill (V) – Lessons in Law from the Life of Johnny Cash

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Professor Howard Brill

Professor Howard Brill has been at the School of Law since 1975. He is the first Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility and teaches professional responsibility, remedies, civil procedure, and domestic relations. He teaches special topics courses on Baseball and the Law, as well as Arkansas Constitutional Law.

After graduating from Duke University, he taught English language and African literature as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria. Professor Brill earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review, and later earned an LL.M. from the University of Illinois. In addition to practicing with a small firm in Rock Island, Ill., he has taught at the Universities of Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In connection with the School of Law’s summer programs, he has taught in Cambridge, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has taught comparative Constitutional Law at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

From September 2015 to December 2016 Professor Brill served as the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He played a role in the adoption of changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of Professional Conduct. His opinions included language from Johnny Cash, William Butler Yeats, and Bob Dylan. He is a frequent Continuing Legal Education speaker on ethics and damages. His programs include: Lessons in the Law from the Life and Music of Johnny Cash; the Razorbacks, the NCAA and the Law; Lawyers in the Movies of John Grisham; the Seven Deadly Sins (lawyer’s edition); and The Godfather.

His publications include Arkansas Law of Damages (6th edition) and Arkansas Professional and Judicial Ethics (8th edition). He served on former Gov. Clinton’s Commission on Ethics and Gov. Tucker’s Ethics Task Force. Along with other court and bar association committees, he serves on the Professional Ethics & Grievances Committee of the Arkansas Bar and the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. He also prepares advisory ethical opinions for attorneys and judges. From 1995 to 2010, Professor Brill served as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference, fulfilling academic certification and compliance duties. From 2007 to 2010 he also was the Secretary of the Southeastern Conference. He served as the interim dean of the School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. He is the faculty adviser to the Christian Legal Society.

Judge Cathi Compton

Cathleen V. (“Cathi”) Compton is 6th District, 3rd Division Circuit Judge, serving Pulaski and Perry Counties. She practiced law from 1985 until her election in 2014, first in El Dorado, and later in Little Rock. She obtained her B.A., her M.A., and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her most proud accomplishments are her daughters, Maggie Benson of Fayetteville, and Whitley Hobbs of Little Rock.

Grant Cox

Mr. Cox is a transactional attorney at Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC whose practice focuses on real estate, land use, oil and gas, business and sales transactions. Mr. Cox received his J.D. in 2006 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, graduating with high honors.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Commercial Transactions/UCC Law and has been recognized as a Mid-South Rising Star in Real Estate by Super Lawyers.

Prior to law school, Mr. Cox graduated summa cum laude from Hendrix College receiving a B.A. with distinction in Politics. While at Hendrix, Mr. Cox was invited to join the Beta Chapter of Arkansas of Phi Beta Kappa and was a charter member of the Omega Psi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

Mr. Cox has represented clients in numerous real estate transactions from the drafting of purchase agreements through due diligence investigations and closing.  Additionally, Mr. Cox has advised clients within the oil and gas industry with regards to title and compliance issues, and has experience assisting clients with asset acquisitions and sales.

In the Fall of 2015, Mr. Cox was an adjunct professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock teaching sales transactions.

Mr. Cox was licensed to practice in Arkansas in 2007.

Hugh Finkelstein

Mr. Hugh Finkelstein currently serves as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Conway. He is responsible for trying or supervising all the criminal cases filed in that jurisdiction. Before he held this position, he was appointed and served as Little Rock District Judge in 2017 and 2018. During that time, he was responsible for setting bonds on all criminal cases in Little Rock, trying all the misdemeanor cases, and handling a limited civil docket in Circuit Court. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Mr. Finkelstein was the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District for over two years. Prior to that, he was a Division Chief in the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Little Rock. Prior to joining the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Mr. Finkelstein worked in private practice for four years focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation.

Mr. Finkelstein is an instructor for the UA Criminal Justice Institute and regularly instructs topics related to Search and Seizure and Crime Scene Courtroom Testimony. He is a Professor for the William H. Bowen School of Law and teaches Trial Advocacy to law students. He was also a Professor for the UALR Criminal Justice Department and was responsible for curriculum development and instruction of its Criminal Evidence class. He also teaches in-service training for local law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Finkelstein received his Juris Doctorate from University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 1991. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1986.

He is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He served as chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section and Government Practice Section and was President of the Pulaski County Bar Association. In 2004, Mr. Finkelstein was named “Government Attorney of the Year” by the Arkansas Bar Association. He has been voted District Judge of the Year by the Pulaski County Bar Association for 2017 and 2018, the two years that he served as District Judge.

Sammy High

Sammy High is an Associate Partner in the Litigation Department of Wilson & Associates, PLLC. His primary areas of practice include defense litigation, mortgage banking litigation, family law, business/corporate law, probate and criminal law. Sammy earned his B.S. degree from the University of Central Arkansas (1998) and his J.D. from William H. Bowen School of Law (2001). He was admitted to the bar in Arkansas in 2001 and is licensed to practice before the 8th Circuit. He is also licensed to practice in Tennessee and before the 6th Circuit. Sammy is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.

Sammy has served on several Arkansas Bar Association subcommittees including the committees for a Modern Judiciary, Arkansas Mock Trial, and Lawyers for Literacy. He presently serves on the Law Related Education and Legal Forms committees. Sammy is a regular Continuing Legal Education speaker and presenter, and he has served as a scoring and presiding judge for the annual Arkansas State Mock Trial Competition. He was elected City Attorney for the City of Cammack Village (2014-present). He is also chairman/commissioner for Pulaski County Fire District No. 2 (2006-present).

Kadee Kelley

Nick Kelley

As an attorney specializing in real estate, Nick’s expertise brings a high level of real estate services to Kelley Commercial Partners. He has represented real estate developers, Fortune 500 retailers, lenders, borrowers and other clients on complex commercial transactions. Nicholas negotiates and drafts purchase and sale agreements, shopping center governing documents, easements, ancillary agreements, contribution agreements and closing documents. He performs due diligence and coordinates all manner of deal closings.

Stan Miller

Stan Miller is one of the Managing Partners at Wilson+Miller —a law firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. Stan is passionate about the power of estate planning, and the positive difference it makes in the lives of Arkansas families. His trademark skill is the ability to listen, first. He then walks his clients through the development of a custom solution for their specific estate planning needs. His second trademark skill is the ability to explain your solution in simple understandable terms, you will know exactly what your plan does.

Stan was an early pioneer in Living Trust planning in Arkansas – and at a time when most law firms were in favor of probating estates – a much more costly and time consuming alternative to Living Trusts. Since, he has established over 5,000 Living Trusts and helped protect more than $4.5 billion in assets Those pioneering successes led him to emerge as a national leader in Estate Planning. Later, he helped found WealthCounsel, LLC, the leading provider ofeducation and document-drafting software for Estate and Business Planning attorneys throughout the US. In 2008, he was instrumental in founding ElderCounsel, LLC, which is now the national leader in technology and education for Elder Law attorneys. He serves on the board of both companies.

Stan is a sought after speaker for professional audiences, individuals, families, colleagues, and contemporaries around the US. Speaking on topics ranging from estate and business planning, to tax reform and family legacies. Stan previously served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the City of Hot Springs, and as a member of the Board of St. Joseph’s Regional Health Center- now CHI St. Vincent. He and his wife Patrice are the proud parents of two sons. Stan has written his first book: Your American Legacy – Powerful Strategies That Instill Lasting Values for Generations.

Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore  was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, but came to Arkansas to study at Hendrix College. After completing her undergraduate degree, Meredith moved to Little Rock to attend law school at the Bowen School of Law. While in law school, she clerked for a Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge for four years and was an Associate Editor for the school’s Law Review. From there, she went on to work as a prosecuting attorney for the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, primarily prosecuting Felony domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault cases.

After three years of working as a prosecuting attorney and gaining invaluable litigation experience, Meredith decided to make the transition into civil law. She chose personal injury law to represent those who have been victims of negligence and reckless behavior.

“I knew Rainwater, Holt & Sexton was the firm for me because of their serious dedication to helping their clients at times in their lives when they need it most,” Meredith said. Giving individualized attention to each of her clients and their cases is Meredith’s primary goal to ensure the best end result, whether that be settlement or litigation.

Meredith loves living and working in Arkansas and enjoys being involved in the community. She is on the House of Delegates for the Arkansas Bar Association, a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers. She also enjoys volunteering for the Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Club.

Keith Morrison

Keith Morrison is a Partner at Wilson & Associates, PLLC. He is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He received his education from Hendrix College (B.A. 1981) and Vanderbilt University, (J.D. 1984). He was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1984 and to the Tennessee Bar in 2006. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. His civic activities include Hendrix College Alumni Board of Governors (1997-2000); Bethany Christian Services of Northwest Arkansas (Board of Directors 1998-present); and St. Joseph’s School (Advisory Board 2001-2003). He was a Clinical Instructor at the University of Arkansas Law School during 2017.

Dr. Casey Rockwell

Dr. Casey Rockwell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Rockwell holds a Juris Doctorate and Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, as well as a Masters in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Dr. Rockwell’s research focuses on legal loopholes that create competitive advantage and has addressed such topics as the shared economy, tax loopholes, and real estate development. Dr. Rockwell is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences focusing on legal and ethical issues. This year, Dr. Rockwell was recognized by the Student Government Association as a Professor of Excellence and was selected by the student athletes as UALR’s Sunbelt Professor of the Year. She is also the President of the Junior League of Little Rock, a non-profit organization with over 1000 members.

Hayden Shurgar

Hayden Shurgar has an active litigation practice and focuses on defending medical providers in malpractice and professional liability claims. She also advises healthcare providers, large and small, on issues related to compliance, Stark I and II and Anti-Kickback compliance, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement and other regulatory issues. Shurgar completed certifications as a Certified HIPAA Professional and Certified HIPAA Security Specialist and provides HIPAA training and review of HIPAA policies and procedures for clients. Shurgar is a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 6th Judicial District of Arkansas where she handled a wide variety of cases. In 2018, Shurgar was named a “Woman to Watch” by Soiree Magazine. She has also been named a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of Healthcare Law since 2015. Shurgar is a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, American Association of Women Lawyers, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. Shurgar serves as a member of the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation Board and also works with various non-profits including ACCESS.

Robbie Wilson

Robbie Wilson received his education from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA (B.A., 2009) and the University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., 2013). He was admitted into the Arkansas Bar in 2013 and is licensed to practice before the 8th Circuit Court of the United States.

Robbie is the Central Arkansas Representative of the YLS to the Arkansas Bar Association, is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Judge Henry Woods Inns of Court, and is a board member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Young Professionals Association. He was an honoree of the 2015 Class of Little Rock’s Finest awarded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to title and closing, his professional experience includes mortgage banking and real estate litigation.

Judge Billy Roy Wilson

Billy Roy Wilson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 18, 1939, and was raised in the Forester/Waldron (Scott County) area. He attended the University of Arkansas and Hendrix College, where he received a B.A. in 1962. He then attended Vanderbilt University and received his LLB in 1965. He was admitted to the Arkansas bar that same year.

From 1965-66, he served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Miller County, Arkansas. In 1966, he went into the U. S. Navy and, after serving for four years, returned to Little Rock and joined the Wright, Lindsey & Jennings Law Firm. In 1972, he started his own law practice. After being a sole practitioner (and a “of counsel” to McMath, Leatherman, & Woods) for a few years. He joined Steve Engstrom as a partner, then Roxanne Wilson, Gary Corum, Tim Dudley, and Nate Coulter. He was recognized in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America, compiled by New York publisher Woodward/White, Inc. until he became a judge. In the last three editions before he became a judge he was cited for his work in business litigation, criminal defense, family law, 1st Amendment law and personal injury litigation. He is the only lawyer in the United States who has been listed in as many as five categories.

Over the years, he has lectured on Torts and Evidence, Trial Advocacy and Products Liability at the University of Arkansas School of Law at Little Rock.

He has served as a member (1975-81) and Chairman (1976-81) of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions; a member (1978-81) and Chairman (1980-81) of the Arkansas State Police Commission; and as a member (1982-1993) of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Civil Procedure. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas School for the Deaf (Chairman 1991). In 1977 he was appointed by then Governor Pryor as Attorney General of Arkansas — to finish the term of Jim Guy Tucker who had been elected to Congress.

He is a member of the Pulaski County, Arkansas (President 1984-85) and American Bar Associations; the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (President 1981-82); the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Board of Governors 1975-78); the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers; the Academy of Trial Lawyers; and is a Fellow of the International Society of Banisters; the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (Board of Directors 1987-1993).

He was named “The Outstanding Lawyer” by ATLA (1989), by the Arkansas Bar Association (1991) and the Pulaski County Bar Association in 1993. He was certified as a Criminal and Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.He was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to the U. S. Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference (1990-1999). It is believed that he is the only Arkansas lawyer or judge to serve on this Committee. He received the first National Civil Justice Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates on May 19, 1992 “outstanding contribution to the advancement of civil justice in the United States of America.” He was named Outstanding Alumnus at Hendrix College in April of 1993.

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