Michael Schwartz, currently associate dean of the Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kan., will become dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law July 1. Paula Casey will continue to serve as interim dean until then.
To a debate about affirmative action at the UALR Law School add some figures from the dean that indicate black students at the school are doing quite well, despite some suggestions about ill effects of presumed affirmative action admission policies. /more/
Robert Steinbuch, a faculty member at UALR's Bowen Law School has sued UALR and the law school dean, Michael Schwartz, to get student data he'd been denied after making a Freedom of Information Act request. /more/
Here's a Monday lunch break movie worth checking out:
At noon Monday at the Friday Courtroom of the UALR Bowen Law School by MacArthur Park, the Black Law Students Association and the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service will screen "The Memphis 13: the Story of the Civil Rights Movement’s Smallest Pioneers." /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
The New York Times reports that some Republicans are trending away from the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach to criminal justice embraced by the party's old guard, in part out of a recognition that minority votes matter now more than ever. Asa Hutchinson wants to reach out to black voters — what better place to start?
This morning, I was a student ambassador for Philander Smith College and the Social Justice Institute at a House Committee that discussed Rep. Nate Bell’s proposal to divide a Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
A long-awaited report on K-12 broadband recommends using an "aggregated statewide network for Internet access" in the long run — like ARE-ON. Its short term recommendation: Stop using the Department of Information Services.