2021 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.
Tuesday, October 5th
9:00-10:00 AM: Robbie Wilson – Real Estate Closing & Title
10:00-11:00 AM: Jonathan Martin – Immigration
11:00-11:10 AM: Break
11:10-12:10 PM: Joel Giddens, Heather Martin-Herron, Vanessa Cash Adams – Bankruptcy Panel
12:10-1:10 PM: Lunch
1:15-2:15 PM: Jonathan Warren – Great Client Communication
2:15-3:15 PM: Ashley Coldiron & Nate Looney – Charitable Giving
3:15-3:30 PM: Break
3:30-4:30 PM: Judge Tjuana Byrd – “What’s Going to Happen to Me?” Dependency Neglect from the Child’s Perspective
Wednesday, October 6th
9:00-10:00 AM: Don Eilbott – Title Law Ethics
10:00-11:00 AM: Antwan Phillips– City Board
11:00-11:10 AM: Break
11:10-12:10 PM: Sam Jackson & David Slade – The Ethics of Being Local Counsel
12:10-1:10 PM: Lunch
1:15-2:15 PM: Keith Morrison (V) – Adoption/Guardianship Law
2:15-3:15 PM: Katie Eaves (V) – Non-Profit Organization Financial Considerations
3:15-3:30 PM: Break
3:30-4:30 PM: Dr. Casey Rockwell – Business Law
Judge Tjuana Byrd
Ms. Tjuana C. Byrd has spent her adult life in public service. She is passionate about children, women and girls, the elderly and healthy living. She is the immediate past President of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. She was previously appointed by Governor Beebe to serve on the State Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and by Governor Hutchinson to serve on the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force. In February, Governor Hutchinson appointed Byrd to the Arkansas Juvenile Justice Coalition. She is a also a member of the Pulaski County Council for Youth Services Advisory Board.
Byrd was elected Pulaski County Circuit Judge Division 8 in the March 3, 2020 election, and she was sworn into office on January 1, 2021 for a six-year term. Byrd was previously in private practice in North Little Rock where her primary focus was juvenile matters. She served as an Assistant City Attorney for North Little Rock (handling HR and truancy matters), the Sherwood Public Defender, and an Attorney ad litem representing children in foster care in Poinsett County, Arkansas.
She is a life member of the NAACP, and is actively involved in the North Little Rock Chapter. An active member of St. Mark Baptist Church, she serves as a large group leader/storyteller in children’s church and a Director for the Watson Primary Ensemble choir for children ages 3-11. In addition to the community and church activities in which she is involved, she enjoys travel, exercise and fitness, outdoor activities, and attending and watching sports events.
A graduate of Lonoke High School, Byrd received a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the UALR School of Law in 1996.
She is not married (yet), but happily attached to the love of her life, Michael Manning, who has twin sons, Owen and Nicholas, who have also truly captured her heart.
Vanessa Cash Adams
Vanessa Cash Adams knows Little Rock. Born and raised in the capital city, Vanessa understands the unique needs of her community. Both professionally and personally, she is dedicated to making her hometown a more vibrant place to live for everyone who calls it home.
For nearly 15 years, Vanessa has dedicated her career to helping fellow Arkansans find safety in their financial futures. With a holistic, empathetic approach, Vanessa focuses on more than just solutions; she also educates individuals, families, and business on the benefits of bankruptcy, giving her clients the tools they need to fully enjoy life’s next chapter.
Vanessa resides in Little Rock where she shares life’s adventures with her husband and three children. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking gorgeous Arkansas trails, traveling to new destinations, backyard gardening, and watching movies and reading books together. The Adams family also tends to an animal crew that rules their roost in the forms of fur, feathers, and scales. They have a sweetheart of a Great Pyrenees named Lula, two cheeky parakeets named Marla and Quill, the two gregarious hens called Hermoine and Gabriella, and then three absolutely unengaged reptiles named Spike, Echo, and Kermit.
Vanessa completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, where she served as contributing political and government writer to the University’s newspaper, the Arkansas Traveler. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, where she served on the Honor Counsel and as treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta.
Vanessa currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Debtor-Creditor section of the Arkansas Bar Association. She is a member of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and the Pulaski County Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in Arkansas state courts and in the Federal District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
Previously, Ashley has been senior director of development for Heifer International, senior vice president of major and planned gifts for Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation and executive director of the CARTI Foundation. She also spent eight years as a capital campaign consultant for various Arkansas charities prior to joining Arkansas Community Foundation.
She was named to Arkansas Business Forty Under Forty and was a member of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XV in 2000. Her Master’s Degree in Business Administration was earned at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1997, and she graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1989.
Katie M. Eaves serves as General Counsel to Greenwood Gearhart. In this role, Katie oversees the administration of the firm’s legal matters and provides guidance on the firm’s operations, as well as the review of client-specific estate planning matters. Katie joined Greenwood Gearhart in 2021, having worked previously with Friday, Eldredge, & Clark, LLP as a Partner of the firm, her focus primarily in estate planning, real estate and other transactional contracts, and tax law.
Katie has over a decade of legal experience in Northwest Arkansas and is licensed to practice in all Arkansas State Courts, the United States Tax Court, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Katie’s expertise in estate planning, tax law, and transactional contracts provides clients and the firm alike with an invaluable resource in creating a well-informed approach when addressing legal concerns.
Katie M. Eaves earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor (J.D.) with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and later earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida. She is a member of the Benton County and Arkansas Bar Associations and has been featured as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers from 2015 to 2020, named as Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2018 and Fast 15 in 2015, and Arkansas Life Magazine’s Top Attorney’s list.
As an active member of the Northwest Arkansas community, Katie currently serves as the Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Advisor and Treasurer of the House Corporation for the Delta Iota chapter at the University of Arkansas and serves as a guest lecturer to law students enrolled in the University of Arkansas School of Law from time to time. She resides in Rogers with her husband John, and their two daughters, Elle and Haiden.
Don A. Eilbott is a sole practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas. His practice is principally real estate and real estate litigation.
Mr. Eilbott is a member of the Jefferson County, Pulaski County and Arkansas and Tennessee Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Arkansas, including federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also licensed in Tennessee. Mr. Eilbott has represented title insurance underwriters, title insurance agents and handled title insurance claims for more than 30 years. His previous experience includes management positions in title insurance, finance, and bonding.
Eilbott has served as CEO of two title insurance underwriters providing coverage in 14 states. He has also served as CEO of a title agency with 12 offices. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with honors, and J.D. degrees at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Joel W. Giddens is a Partner of Wilson & Associates, PLLC and is the supervising attorney for the firm’s Tennessee bankruptcy attorneys. Mr. Giddens received his education from Rhodes College (B.A., 1986) and the University of Memphis (M.A., 1991; J.D., 1994) and was admitted to practice in Tennessee in 1994 and in Mississippi in 2017. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Mr. Giddens is a member of the Memphis Bar Association, serving as past chair of the Bankruptcy Section, and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Executive Council, currently serving as its chair. Mr. Giddens is a member of the USFN Bankruptcy Committee and has served on USFN and other panels and authored articles appearing in the USFN Report and other publications. His primary area of practice is bankruptcy law.
Sam Jackson joined Carney Bates & Pulliam in 2021 after developing a strong interest in protecting the public as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. As a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sam gained invaluable litigation experience from his work evaluating cases, managing relationships with victims, negotiating cases with opposing counsel, and ultimately trying numerous cases in front of judges and juries. Working to bring justice for victims of violent domestic and sexual abuse naturally led him to the firm, where his focus is on consumer protection and data privacy. Sam graduated from Hendrix College in 2008, followed by the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2013 and he was actively engaged in those communities throughout his education. He remains engaged, volunteering his time for the tennis community in Little Rock as well as both the Arkansas and Southern Tennis Associations.
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (J.D., 2013; Student Bar Association Vice President); Hendrix College (B.A. in Economics, 2008)
Licensed in Arkansas (2013) and New York (2014)
Licensed in Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
Arkansas Bar Association
Nathan C. Looney graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas. Looney also earned his MPS and JD from the Clinton School of Public Service and the UA Bowen School of Law respectively. After graduation, Looney joined the University of Arkansas team as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Looney returned to his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas in 2013 and practiced law at Waddell, Cole & Jones, PLLC. In 2018, Looney joined the Arkansas Children’s Foundation where he assists supporters advance the mission of the health system by leveraging tax and gift planning strategies. Looney was a 2020 recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Presidential Award of Excellence.
Jonathan P. Martin is an associate at Monterrey Law Firm, PLLC. Mr. Martin focuses on criminal and immigration law issues.
Mr. Martin graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2011. After graduation, he attended the University of Essex in Colchester, England for one year to study International Law. Mr. Martin then accepted a scholarship to the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his J.D. in May of 2014.
While in law school, Mr. Martin served as both Vice-President and Treasurer of the Hispanic Law Students Association and Vice-President of the Federalist Society. He also worked as a law clerk for Allen & Withrow Law Firm and as a research assistant for Professor Steinbuch.
Upon graduating law school, Mr. Martin worked as General Counsel and Senior Human Resources Manager for the David’s Burgers chain of restaurants. He also taught business law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Central Arkansas during the 2015-2016 school year. Mr. Martin joined Monterrey Law Firm in February of 2016.
In 2015, Mr. Martin won the Alumni of the Year award for his work for the Hispanic Law Students Association. He is the current Vice-President of the Arkansas chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and Pulaski County Bar Association.
Heather Martin-Herron is a partner and supervising attorney in the Bankruptcy Legal Department at Wilson & Associates, PLLC. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. She received her education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (A.A., 2004; B.A., 2006). She received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law (J.D., 2011, Honors). She was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 2011, the Tennessee Bar in 2013, and the Mississippi Bar in 2019. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and Mississippi Bar Association. Heather was appointed to the Board of Directors for Central Arkansas Rescue Efforts (C.A.R.E.) for Animals in 2019 and was elected Secretary of their executive committee in 2020.
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.
Antwan Phillips serves as the Position 9 At-Large City Director. Phillips was elected to his first term in November 2020, serving as the City of Little Rock’s newest Director. Phillips was born and built in Little Rock. He is a graduate of John L. McClellan High School. After earning a degree in American Politics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, he came back to Little Rock and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Director Phillips has practiced law for over a decade with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings law firm, where he is a partner. At Wright, Lindsey and Jennings, Phillips specializes in trucking litigation, dental malpractice, and municipal governmental relations.
Director Phillips was recognized by Arkansas Business in 2013 as one of their “20 in their 20s” and in 2020 as one of their “40 under 40.” Phillips has also served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Little Rock Public Education Foundation, Little Rock Area Public Education Stakeholder Group, and the Pulaski County Imagination Library. He served as co-chair for the Think Big Little Rock strategic planning initiative, which was charged with strategizing ways to enhance life in Little Rock and the surrounding communities. Since 2017, Phillips has also been named by Arkansas Business’ as one of the 200 most influential Arkansans. In 2017, Phillips, along with other alums of McClellan, founded the Friends and Alumni of McClellan Foundation to provide scholarships for McClellan’s graduating seniors. In 2018, Phillips launched the “Rock the Culture” podcast to discuss and provide perspective and conversation on all things Central Arkansas, all things Little Rock, all things the Culture.
Antwan and his wife Taneesha have been married for over 10 years and are members at New Creation Bible Church.
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. Dr. Rockwell was recognized by the Student Government Association as a Professor of Excellence and was selected as the Sunbelt Professor of the Year. She is also a past President of the Junior League of Little Rock, a non-profit organization with over 1000 members, and the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers.
David Slade’s path to the law was a nontraditional one. After graduating from college at Yale, he moved to New York City, working at various jobs in the music industry, forming a band, and spending several years touring the country and recording albums. Throughout this period, his interest in the law was nurtured by a side job as a trial assistant in the hormone therapy litigation, In re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation, Case No. MDL 1507.
Following his work with the Prempro MDL, David attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. While there, he co-founded the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, an online, interdisciplinary publication for which he served as Editor-in-Chief. He oversaw the Journal’s inaugural symposium, as well as a variety of community engagement efforts. In its first year, the Journal published submissions from authors throughout the world.
At Carney Bates & Pulliam, David’s principal focus is on consumer protection, with an emphasis on data privacy and data security. Extending his advocacy beyond litigation, he also organized a cyber safety training summit for Arkansas law enforcement and victim assistance professionals, in conjunction with the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA). In addition to his work in the class action context, David is a member of the Volunteers Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS), an organization committed to pro bono advocacy.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (J.D., 2013, High Honors; Recipient, Bowen Fellowship; Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service); Yale University (B.A., 2001)
Licensed in Arkansas (2013); U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of AR (09/04/2013)
American Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association
“‘Ag-Gag’ Laws: Industry Trumps the First Amendment.” Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, Oct. 25, 2012
Born in Little Rock to James M. “Butch” Warren and The Honorable Judge Joyce Williams Warren (retired), Jonathan Q. Warren has called Arkansas home his entire life. He enjoys the privilege and honor of helping people in stressful situations, and he does not take this responsibility lightly.
Before coming to Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, he served Arkansans as a judicial law clerk to an Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and an Assistant Arkansas Attorney General. Warren is an active member of the W. Harold Flowers Law Society, the Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association, where he served as a two-term member of the House of Delegates. He is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and currently serves the Arkansas Bar as a member of the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Warren was recently appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
While serving clients at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, Warren enjoys getting to know his clients on a personal and professional level and is not afraid to “fight the fight” for them. He knows that people are more alike than not alike and treats all of his clients with respect and dignity. Each day is a new challenge for Warren. He came to Rainwater, Holt & Sexton to continue serving Arkansans, and is not happy until his clients are happy!
A proud graduate of Little Rock Central High (Go Tigers!) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for both his undergraduate and law degrees (Go Trojans!), he serves his community through the Boy Scouts of America, the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation Board as its President, 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock, the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP), and Arkansas Access to Justice. Warren is also a Life Member of the UA Little Rock Alumni Association. He is a proud Eagle Scout (1987) and a recipient of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (2017). You may find Warren in an Arkansas Razorbacks t-shirt on any given weekend, enjoying time with his wife and son, who is a great little soccer player and video-game enthusiast.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., 1995
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law, J.D., 2005
Moot Court Chair, 2004-2005
Moot Court Board, 2003-2005
Whittier Law School National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition Semi-Finalist, 2005
Former Assistant Attorney General
Former Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Former Arkansas Supreme Court Law Clerk, Associate Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber Tuck (retired)
Memberships and Service:
W. Harold Flowers Law Society
100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock
Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Lawyer Member
Pulaski County Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association, Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
Arkansas Bar Foundation, fellow
Arkansas Access to Justice, Foundation Board Member
UALR Alumni Association, Life Member
UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni, Board Member
Boy Scouts of America – Quapaw Area Council, Executive Board Member
Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, 1987
National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, 2017
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.