The Arkansas Bar Association is initiating a Public Service Academy for member lawyers who seek to serve in any capacity, including on school boards and city councils, with volunteer organizations or in the legislative, judicial, or executive branch.
Graduates Maggie Benson (‘14) and Nate Looney (‘12) will chair the initial Public Service Academy. The two will also serve on the steering committee made up of former Chief Justice Howard Brill, the Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility at the UA School of Law; Circuit Judge Earnest Brown; and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd.
Benson works in litigation at Kutak Rock, LLP in Fayetteville. Looney is a Senior Development Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Both are graduates of the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.
The Arkansas Public Service Academy will be the third such program in the United States sponsored by a bar association.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.