Thursday, September 4, 2014

Inaugural Russia Law Summer Program a Success

Law students Austin Lucas, Benjamin Mackey, Christina Cole, Cristen Handley, Jacob Kerksieck, Kaylyn Turner, Maria Korzendorfer and Nick Stallings all took part in the first ever Russia Law Summer Program, which included two weeks of classes in Fayetteville and eight nights in St. Petersburg. As part of the program, students were required to write on subjects pertaining to Russian Literature, Cinema, and Culture, and attend a variety of lectures addressing topics such as The Russian Constitution, The Russian Legal System, Comparative Religious Freedom, Secession and Breakup of Nations, Russian Civilizations and Cultural Dimensions, and Human Rights. Upon completion of the course, each student earned two hours of ungraded credit.

While in St. Petersburg, the students stayed in a dormitory in the heart of the city, operated by the St. Petersburg University of Finance and Economics, and visited the legal department of INTRATOOL, an oil and gas company, as well as DCO, LLC; a legal consulting firm. In addition to their studies, the students were able to take a boat trip on the Neva River and canals, visit both Catherine Palace and Alexander Palace, tour The State Hermitage Museum, and attend a performance of Swan Lake at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.

Faculty and students agree that the program exceed all expectations, and efforts are being made to repeat the program in 2015.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fulbright Program in Ukraine offers Negotiation Workshop by Professor Christopher Kelley

As noted in our previous blog post, School of Law Professor Christopher Kelley was invited to moderate a Negotiation Workshop hosted by the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

The two-day even was held this week at the Fulbright Program office in Ukraine. An excerpt from the invitation is included below:

This workshop will serve as an introduction to effective negotiation practices which will help you help you develop your negotiation skills. You will learn how to use the concepts of "best alternative to a negotiated agreement" (BATNA), "reservation price," and "bargaining zone," plus various behaviors and psychological considerations that can work for and against you in negotiations. You will also negotiate several exercises so you can "learn by doing." 

Negotiating these problems and reading the workshop’s materials, will help you learn how to plan for negotiations, how to set the negotiating agenda in your favor, how to adjust your strategies as the negotiations proceed, and how to learn and practice other negotiation strategies and tactics. 

All of us negotiate. We negotiate every day. We will negotiate for the rest of our lives. Thus, negotiation skills are life skills – your negotiating skills will help you get what you want. They are also career skills – your negotiating skills will help you serve those who rely on your negotiation skills in your professional life and will advance your career. 

The workshop readings are from Richard Luecke, Harvard Business Essentials, Negotiation (2003), and Leigh Thompson & Geoffrey J. Leonardelli, "Why Negotiation Is The Most Popular Business School Course", Ivey Business Journal (July-Aug. 2004). These materials will be the cornerstones of the negotiation skills library you will build as you advance in your career.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Fulbright Program, Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

 The School of Law is proud of it's association with the Fulbright Program and we wish to extend our Congratulations. 

 The article below is copied from the announcement posted on the Prince of Asturias Foundation website. The original article may be found here.

The Jury for this Award –convened by the Prince of Asturias Foundation– was chaired by Gustavo Suárez Pertierra and composed of Pedro Alonso Fernández, Enrique Barón Crespo, José María Bergareche Busquet, Eugenia Bieto Caubet, Gloria Fernández-Lomana García, Enrique Fernández-Miranda y Lozana, Duke of Fernández-Miranda, Ana Ferrer, Diego Hidalgo Schnur, Jerónimo López Martínez, Ricardo Martí Fluxá, Jaime Montalvo Correa, Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Alfonso de la Rosa Morena, Luis Sánchez-Merlo and Alicia Castro Masaveu (acting as secretary).

This candidature was put forward by James Costos, US Ambassador to Spain, and Ramon Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the USA. It was seconded by Pedro Alonso, Director of Manhiça Centre of Health Research (Mozambique) and Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, 2008 and 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation respectively, among others.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by US Senator James William Fulbright. It is an educational exchange program sponsored by the US government designed with the aim of improving and strengthening ties and mutual understanding between US citizens and participants from around the world. The program currently operates in over 150 countries (it began operating in Spain in 1958). It is run by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, following the general guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board –made up of twelve members chosen directly by the President of the United States– with the aid of bilateral commissions and foundations in 50 countries and more than 100 US embassies abroad in addition to other agencies on American soil. Funding for the program comes mainly from the US Congress, although it also receives financial support from public and private entities in the USA, as well as from the countries participating in the program.

During its more than 65 years of existence, what are popularly known as Fulbright scholarships have given students, researchers and teachers the opportunity to learn, research and teach and exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges and interests of a global nature. Students aspiring to enter the program each year are evaluated for both their academic merit and leadership potential. Over 300,000 students have participated in this academic program to date, approximately one third of whom are from the USA, the remainder belonging to the group of countries with exchange agreements. The program offers several options according to the academic level of participants, depending on whether they already hold a PhD or not. The Fulbright NEXUS Program is also worth highlighting. This is a network of young PhD holders, professionals and researchers from the USA and other Western countries who participate for a year in multidisciplinary research teams and in a series of meetings in the form of seminars that enable them to exchange experiences. The program likewise boasts an extensive network of student and alumni associations worldwide –around 70– whose main goal is to strengthen the relationship among and expand the contact network of all participants in the Fulbright scholarships, in addition to contributing to the integration of foreign scholars who visit these countries to further their studies.

The US administration grants 8,000 scholarships annually among the selected students. Throughout its history, more than 150 participants have been distinguished with Nobel, Pulitzer or MacArthur Foundation prizes. In addition, some Prince of Asturias Award Laureates, such as Richard Serra (Arts, 2010) and Muhammad Yunus (Concord, 1998), among others, have also participated in the Fulbright Program.

According to the Statutes of the Foundation, the Prince of Asturias Awards aim “to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions”. As part of this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation shall be conferred on those “whose work with another or others in areas such as public health, universal education, environmental protection and social and economic development, among others, constitutes an outstanding contribution at the international level”.

There are 20 nominations in the running for this Award from Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States and Spain.

This is the sixth of eight Prince of Asturias Awards to be bestowed this year, in what is now their thirty-fourth edition. The Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts went to American architect Frank O. Gehry, the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences was conferred on French historian and Hispanist Joseph Pérez, the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities went to the Argentinian-Spanish cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, Quino, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research was jointly bestowed on chemists Avelino Corma (Spain), Mark E. Davis (USA) and Galen D. Stucky (USA) and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature went to Irish writer John Banville. The Prince of Asturias Award for Sports will be announced next week with the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord being announced in September.

Each of the Prince of Asturias Awards, which date back to 1981, comprises a diploma, a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Awards, an insignia bearing the Foundation’s coat of arms, and a cash prize of 50,000 euros. The Awards will be presented in the autumn in Oviedo at a grand ceremony presided over by HRH The Prince of Asturias.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Professor Christopher Kelley to Moderate Negotiation Workshop, Fulbright Program in Ukraine

University of Arkansas Professor of Law Christopher Kelley will return to Kyiv in June by invitation of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine to moderate a two-day Negotiation Workshop.  

Professor Christopher Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach at universities in Ukraine and Moldova through interactive digital video conferencing and in person. He also has taught and continues to teach in Belarus and Lithuania and has taught in Kazakhstan and Russia. He is a part-time Professor at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv. 

Professor Kelley has taken University of Arkansas law students to Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus. He was the first American law professor to teach at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty and his Transnational Negotiation students were the first American law students to participate in a course at the BSU Law Faculty. 


Currently the Chair of the Public International Law I Division of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Professor Kelley previously served three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He is now a Senior Adviser to the Russia/Eurasia Committee. He also has served as Vice-Chair of the Section’s Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague. Recently he was appointed to an ad hoc working group to advise the American Bar Association’s President on ongoing developments in Ukraine. 

Professor Kelley is a member of the Fulbright Association Board of Directors. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy before the Fulbright Academy merged with the Fulbright Association. Professor Kelley is a member of the editorial boards of the Baltic Journal of Law and Politics published by Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Law and Civil Society published by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. 

He was on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy. He also is a member of the International Bar Association. Before joining the faculty in 1998, Professor Kelley practiced in large and small law firms variously in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. 

Professor Kelley has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia, though he has active status only in Arkansas.


Registration and Workshop information may be found here.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Clebrating our Faculty: Christopher Kelley


 Celebrating our Faculty: Christopher Kelley

Christopher Kelley is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, teaching in both the LL.M. Program and the J.D. Program. His agricultural law expertise is well grounded in his representation of farmers through firms in Georgia, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. Prior to his position at the University of Arkansas, Professor Kelley taught agricultural law courses at William Mitchell College of Law, North Dakota University School of Law School, South Dakota University Law School, and Drake University Law School. He has published numerous articles on agricultural law subjects and two comprehensive lawyer's guides on payment limitations and administrative appeals.

Professor Kelley regularly teaches Agriculture & the Environment and will supervise the development of our expanded environmental law curriculum. He also regularly teaches Regulated Markets in Agriculture and Specialized Legal Research and Writing. This Spring he taught our new course, Selected Issues in International Agricultural and Food Law. And, he is developing another new course for Fall 2014, Administrative Process and Practice in Agricultural & Food Law.

As additional evidence of the breadth of his agricultural law expertise, over the years, he has also taught Cooperative Law, Regulation of Agriculture, Agricultural Perspectives and specialized courses on the farm programs and the Packers & Stockyards Act. He is a former recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the American Agricultural Law Association.

In the law school's J.D. program, Professor Kelley's teaches Administrative Law, Transnational Negotiation, International Commercial Arbitration, Law and Development (with Professor Uche Ewleuka), and a Rule of Law Colloquium. These courses are also available to interested LL.M. candidates.

In recent years, Professor Kelley has developed extensive international law expertise and experience. He serves as a board member for the Fulbright Alumni Association and his international law work was recently featured in the association's magazine, The Fulbright Edge. An excerpt is as follows:

Professor Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach at universities in Ukraine and Moldova through interactive digital video conferencing and in person. He also has taught and continues to teach in Belarus and Lithuania and has taught in Kazakhstan and Russia. He is a part-time Professor at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv.

Professor Kelley has taken University of Arkansas law students to Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus. He was the first American law professor to teach at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty and his Transnational Negotiation students were the first American law students to participate in a course at the BSU Law Faculty.
Currently the Chair of the Public International Law I Division of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Professor Kelley previously served three terms as the Co- Chair of the Section’s Russia/ Eurasia Committee. He is now a Senior Adviser to the Russia/Eurasia Committee. He also has served as Vice-Chair of the Section’s Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague. Recently, he was appointed to an ad hoc Section Committee to advise the American Bar Association’s President on ongoing developments in Ukraine.

Professor Kelley is a member of the editorial boards of the Baltic Journal of Law and Politics published by Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Law and Civil Society published by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. He was on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy. He also is a member of the International Bar Association.

As we post this, Professor Kelley just arrived for a week of teaching in Moldova. He returns on Friday so that he can participate in our graduation ceremonies for this year's LL.M. class.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Affordable Legal Education



U.S. News and World Report released its list of law schools with lowest average student debt, with the University of Arkansas Fayetteville coming in 6th. Read a snapshot below and check out the original article here

A law education can easily cost students more than the price of a home in some states.

Law graduates from the class of 2013 who borrowed to fund their law school education carried an average debt of $108,815 – a slight increase from the $108,293 average law school debt among 2012 graduates who borrowed, according to U.S. News data.

Some graduates, though, get their J.D. with minimal debt. Among graduates who borrowed for law school only in the class of 2013 at the Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, the average debt was $34,645. The school had the lowest average law school debt for graduates who borrowed out of the 181 ranked institutions that reported data to U.S. News in an annual survey.

[Decide if you should work in law school.]


UDC alumni also have something else to brag about: They have one of the lowest salary-to-debt ratios, possibly making their loan payments easier to manage.

Brigham Young University's Clark Law School was one of the highest-ranked schools included on the list of 10 schools with low average debt for grads. The Utah school is ranked No. 36, and 2013 alumni who borrowed had an average debt of $56,053. Three schools with the label Rank Not Published also made the list. A school marked RNP is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

[Recognize how to make smart decisions for financing a J.D.]

Among the 10 schools where graduates had the lowest average debt, the average debt was $57,314. Graduates from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California had the largest average debt among all schools that reported the data for graduates – 2013 alumni had an average debt of $180,665.

Below is a list of the 10 schools where 2013 graduates who borrowed for law school had, on average, the least amount of debt. Unranked law schools, which do not submit enough data for U.S. News to calculate a rank, were not considered for this report.
School name (state)Average debt load, class of 2013U.S. News law school rank
University of the District of Columbia (Clarke) $34,645 RNP
Barry University (FL) $47,799 RNP
University of Arkansas—Little Rock (Bowen) $52,205 121
University of South Dakota $54,352 145
Brigham Young University (Clark) (UT) $56,053 36
University of Arkansas—Fayetteville $62,185 61
University of Nebraska—Lincoln $63,435 54
University of North Dakota $66,763 129
University of Wyoming $67,733 129
Southern Illinois University—Carbondale $67,966 RNP

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yeungnam University Professor of Law Kim, Sae Jin to return to the School of Law

Yeungnam University
Last summer, the Law School welcomed Yeungnam University Professor of Law Kim, Sae Jin as part of a cooperative agreement between our two institutions. Professor Kim will be returning this fall to spend his sabbatical year with us, focusing his study on Civil Litigation Discovery. He will bring with him his wife and daughter to share in the experience. Professor Kim was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award from the Korean-American Educational Commission to support his studies. We are looking forward to his return, and to meeting his family.