YLS In Brief Winter 2013

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YLS Young Lawyers Section

In Brief A Periodic Newsletter of the Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar Association

Vol. 17 #1

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In this issue

Upcoming Events 3 A Call to Leadership Help “Pick up the Tab” Vicki Vasser


Arkansas Bar Foundation Ann Pyle



YLS Report 7 Vicki Vasser Leadership Academy


Arkansas Traveler 11 Matthew L. Fryar Tech Tip: Dual Monitors Joshua Bugeja


Tasty Tips 13 Joel DiPippa ArkBar Annual Meeting

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Opportunities to write for YLS In Brief include: • Tech Tips (discuss technology that you use in your practice, etc.) • Legal Articles (use this as an opportunity to tell us about your favorite practice area, discuss rule changes, analyze recent cases, etc.) • Arkansas Traveler (play the part of a critic as you share your unique dining experiences, shops, hotels, entertainment venues, etc.) • What Judges Want (volunteer to interview a judge and share the judge’s answers to your questions with other young lawyers) • Tasty Tips (if you have a fun recipe you would like to share, submit it and it might be selected to be included in the newsletter) If you are interested in writing for a future issue, please contact Tasha@TaylorLawFirm.com.

Graphic Design & Layout Anna Hubbard Assistant Editors Andrew M. Taylor Tasty Tips Editor Rashauna Norment Tech Tips Editor Anthony C. Johnson

Young Lawyers Section Chair:  Vicki S. Vasser Chair-Elect: J. Cliff McKinney II Sec-Treas: Grant M. Cox Immediate Past Chair: Brian M. Clary Executive Council: District A: C. Michael Daily Matthew L. Fryar Ryan Blake Pettigrew District B: Cory D. Childs

District C: Timothy R. Leonard Ryan M. Wilson Jessica S. Yarbrough At Large Representatives: Leslie J. Ligon Jessica Middleton-Kurylo Law Student Representatives: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law: John B. Crabtree UALR William H. Bowen School of Law: Matthew Pedicini

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In brief

Editor-In-Chief Tasha C. Taylor

M. Anneliese Bacon and Drew T. Sadler have recently joined the law firm of Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure, & Thompson. Christopher Brockett was named as a top tax attorney by Soirée Magazine for the second straight year. Jamie W. Gilmore (attorney at Tripcony Law Firm) and her husband, Dustin, welcomed their first child, Eli Shane Gilmore, on August 2, 2012. Jaletta Long Smith and her husband, Andy, welcomed their first child, James William Smith, on October 12, 2012. Jaletta is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Arkansas Office of Professional Programs.

Andy Taylor and Tasha Taylor, both of Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A., welcomed their first child, Norah Chloe, into their family on November 29, 2012. Norah Chloe Taylor Matthew A. Glover, his wife, and their son James Joseph welcomed their second child into their family. Their new baby girl Elizabeth Rebecca was born on November 15, 2012. James & Elizabeth Glover

Carla L. Miller opened her own law firm on November 1, 2012 (Carla L. Miller, PLLC) in Little Rock. The firm’s practice is focused on the needs of small businesses and individuals in the areas of corporate formation and record keeping, debt collection, contracts, real estate, civil litigation, probate/estate planning, and family law. Justin Elrod received his certification as a Certified Elder Law Attorney, becoming only the fourth attorney in the State of Arkansas to receive this certification. The certification is made by the National Elder Law Foundation, an ABA accredited organization. Justin was also named to the list of Rising Stars in the area of Elder Law by the publication Super Lawyers, Mid-South 2012 Edition. He was one of only three attorneys named to this list in the area of Elder Law, and was the only attorney from Arkansas to make the list in this area. Joshua Q. Mostyn and William M. Prettyman III recently founded the firm of MOSTYN PRETTYMAN, PLLC in Benton County. The firm will focus on criminal defense, family law, and commercial litigation. For more information about the firm, visit ARKLAWYERS.COM. Jennifer Wethington Merritt and her husband recently welcomed their second child, a son, in December 2012. Jennifer became a member of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC on January 1, 2013.

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Jenny Wilkes recently became associated with Frost, PLLC as a Tax Attorney in their Little Rock office. Leon Jones, Jr., has joined with Bo Morton in Fayetteville to form the firm of Morton & Jones PLC. Their firm focuses on the following practice areas: Criminal law, Bankruptcy, Civil and Commercial litigation, Domestic Relations and Mediation.

upcoming events Mock Trial Judges Needed for Regional Competitions The High School Mock Trial Season is Here!



This year, 29 teams from across the state will compete at a regional tournament in Conway, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, or Pine Bluff.

The students will try a civil case this year. The estate of Christopher Neesen has sued the Town of Butler, claiming that a Butler police officer’s reckless and unnecessary pursuit of a minor traffic offender resulted in a car crash that killed Mr. Neesen. The defense claims that it was not negligent in pursuing the speeding vehicle, and that the victim’s own negligence contributed to his death. We need your help! Volunteers are needed to serve as scoring judges for each round of competition in each location on March 2, 2013. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please contact Crystal Newton at cnewton@arbar.com

Minority Outreach Committee College Road Tour


The YLS Minority Outreach Committee is presenting a panel discussion to students about “What I Wish I knew Before Law School.” If you are interested in serving on the panel, please contact Cory Childs at cchilds@mwlaw.com or 501-786-3706.

YLS volunteers are needed to assist with the following projects: Updating and revising the YLS Senior Citizens Handbook. If you are interested in helping with this handbook update, please contact Vicki Vasser at vvm@mcrmt.com.

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University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 6:00 p.m.

Arkansas Bar Association Mentor Program

Drafting a Domestic Violence Victims Handbook. If you are interested in assisting with this initiative, please contact Stephanie Linam at slinam@tripconylawfirm.com.


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Serving as a mentor in the YLS Lawyer-2-Lawyer Mentor Program.

A Call to Leadership in the Arkansas Bar Association N o m i n a t i n g

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Sample petitions are available from the Association’s office or website. The petitions, current members of both bodies, and district maps are listed on the Association’s website at www.arkbar.com under the Board of Governors and House of Delegates tabs.

Board of Governors District County(ies) 1 Governor to be elected 1-BG Clay, Craighead, Greene, Mississippi 8-BG Washington 10-BG Sebastian 12-BG Pulaski 17-BG Pulaski 18-BG Pulaski All are Three-Year Terms Qualifications for Board of Governors The attorney must reside in the geographical area for the Governor’s position and must have served one year in the House of Delegates or must have been an Association member for seven years by the time of joining the Board of Governors in June. Election Process for Governors and Delegates For both governors & delegates, a nomination petition, signed by three current members of the Association who reside in the geographical area of election, must be filed with the Secretary at the Arkansas Bar Association, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202, no later than April 1, 2013.

Nominating petitions due by April 1, 2013

Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer & District Representatives The YLS Officers shall be elected by the majority of those present and voting at the Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section, which will occur during the Association’s June Annual Meeting. Chair-Elect elected from District B (one-year term) Secretary/Treasurer elected from any District (one-year term) Representative District A (three-year term) Representative District B (three-year term) Representative District C (three-year term) 4

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House of Delegates District County(ies) No. of Delegates to be elected A-1 Benton 2 Delegates A-2 Washington 4 Delegates A-3 Crawford, Franklin, 1 Delegates Johnson, Sebastian A-7 Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion, 1 Delegate Searcy, Stone B Pulaski 10 Delegates C-3 Craighead 1 Delegate C-5 Cleburne, Crittenden, Cross, 1 Delegate St. Francis, White, Woodruff C-6 Faulkner, Van Buren 1 Delegate C-8 Grant, Jefferson, Arkansas, Lincoln, 1 Delegate Phillips, Lee C-9 Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, 1 Delegate Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Ouachita, Union C-10 Miller 1 Delegate C-12 Garland 1 Delegate C-13 Saline, Hot Spring 1 Delegate All are Three-Year Terms Qualifications for House of Delegates The attorney must be an Association member residing within the Delegate District as defined by Article XVI Section 2 of the Association’s Constitution.

Secretary & Treasurer Article III, Section 7 of the Association’s Constitution provides for an annual election of the positions of a Secretary and a Treasurer. Any member interested in serving in either of these capacities should contact Karen K. Hutchins at 501-375-4606.

American Bar Association Delegate One of the two ABA Delegate positions is open for election for a two-year term. The Delegate from this Association to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association shall be nominated by petition signed by at least 75 Association members with at least 25 voting members from each of the three state bar districts. The nominating petitions must be filed with the Secretary at the Arkansas Bar Association, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202, no later than April 1, 2013.

Help “Pick up the Tab” for Ronald McDonald House Charities

This year at the 2013 Annual Arkansas Bar Association ▲ l to r: Cory Childs, Deenean Wilson-Henderson, (Ronald McDonald Midyear Meeting in Memphis, members of the Arkansas House of Memphis Volunteer Coordinator), Ronald McDonald, Vicki Bar Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Executive Council had Vasser, Matt Fryar, and Ryan Wilson) an opportunity to be a part of something special—a visit to the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. For those of you unfamiliar with Ronald McDonald House Charities, it is an independent, community-supported 501c3, intended to serve as a “home-away-from-home” for families with a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at a local hospital. The Ronald McDonald House Charities give families the gift of “home” with a warm bed, a warm meal, and when needed, a warm hug from another family fighting the same battles. In an effort to assist those at the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, YLS Executive Council collected items from their “Top 20 Wish List” from those attending the Midyear Meeting, and delivered Please find the addresses below for Ronald McDonald House those much needed non-perishable items when we visited the House Charities location in the Arkansas region: on Friday, January 25, 2013. After witnessing firsthand the service being provided by the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Council members were inspired to do more to help this great cause. As a result, YLS is launching an initiative in which all attorneys, all law offices across the state can support the Ronald McDonald House Charities—the “Pull for Ronald McDonald House” program. The little tab that you use to pull open your cans of soda can make a difference for Ronald McDonald House. Law firms across the state likely consume thousands of cans of soda each year. These aluminum cans are valuable, but the tabs are made of a purer, higher-grade aluminum. Pet food, soup cans and other alumnium cans are also valuable. It is cleaner to collect tabs than cans and also takes up less space. Thanks to the local recycling plants, Ronald McDonald House Charities are able to recycle the tabs in exchange for money. Tabs can be collected in various ways, in coffee cans, plastic baggies, boxes. Once pull tabs have been collected, you can deliver the tabs or mail the tabs to a Ronald McDonald House Charities office in your respective area of the state. You could also take them to your local recycler and they can send the money from the tabs to the charity. Every law office across the state can join in this effort and share in the wonderful feeling of helping the Ronald McDonald House by collecting soda can pull tabs and donating them to a local Ronald McDonald House program at the addresses provided on this page.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas http://www.rmhclittlerock.org/index.shtml 1009 Wolff Street Little Rock, AR 72202 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma http://www.rmhcofarkoma.org/ 518 South Thompson Suite D Springdale, AR 72764 Ronald McDonald House of Memphis http://www.rmhc-memphis.org/ 535 Alabama Avenue Memphis, TN 38105 Remember, every little bit helps!


Arkansas Bar Foundation

Membership as an Arkansas Bar Foundation Fellow is a chance to give something back to the profession and the community as a whole.

Officers President Thomas A. Daily Vice President Laura H. Smith Secretary- Treasurer Charles D. Roscopf Board of Directors South & East Bar District Jennifer H. Doan Judge John N. Fogleman Spencer F. Robinson Charles D. Roscopf Judge Cindy Thyer Northwest Bar District Bryan Burns Judge James O. Cox Judge Elizabeth Danielson Steven B. Davis Mark A. Moll Central Bar District Michelle H. Cauley Kevin A. Crass William Stuart Jackson Laura H. Smith Scotty M. Shively Ex-Officio F. Thomas Curry Jeffrey Ellis McKinley Charles L. Harwell Foundation Staff Executive Director Ann Dixon Pyle Administrative Assistant Joyce Bobbitt


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MISNOMER: You must have reached a certain age or have practiced a certain number of years to become a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. This is not true! The Foundation invites, and encourages, attorneys of all ages and number of years of practice to be a part of this organization. Diversity and youth brings vitality to help carry out its mission. Membership as a Fellow makes you a part of a worthwhile charitable law-related organization devoted to improving the legal profession and the administration of justice. You will have a voice at all Foundation Membership meetings; receive invitations to the Mid Year and Annual Fellows’ Dinners; be recognized at the annual dinner verbally and in the program as a new Fellow; and, your name will be listed each year in the annual report as well as on the website as a new Fellow. Upon final payment of your pledge, your photo will be permanently displayed in The Hall of Fellows in the lobby at the Arkansas Bar Center. A pledge of $2,000.00, which is payable in ten (10) semi-annual installments of $200.00 each over a five (5) year period, affords you the opportunity to become a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation for a lifetime. Contributions are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please visit the Foundation’s website for further information at www.arkansasbarfoundation.com. To join the Foundation, please call Ann Dixon Pyle at 501.375.4606 or email apyle@arkbar.com.

Young Lawyers Section Report

by Vicki S. Vasser

March Madness Tip-Off with YLS’ Starting Five Each spring, March Madness is a phenomenon that grips the national sports psyche from mid-March through the first of April. The tournament determines the national champions of college basketball. Teams that survive the mayhem of March and make it to the Final Four battle it out for the crown of college basketball. A team that reaches the Final Four and ultimately the national championship game is blessed with talent and dedication. From a more elementary perspective, for any basketball team to be successful, a team must possess at least five players, each bringing unique skills. As a former high school point guard, I experienced firsthand the importance of each player bringing his or her own unique talents to the team, so collectively, great things could be achieved. March Madness presents an opportunity for the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) to showcase its “starting line-up” or five critical areas in which YLS is working to improve

our profession, the Bar, and our community: 1) Serving the Public & Communities In an effort to provide valuable legal resources to the public, the Citizenship Education Committee has been creating a new handbook and revising outdated handbooks. Stephanie Linam is leading the charge to create a domestic violence victims handbook, which will address topics such as emergency resources for victims and orders of protection. The goal is to have a final product introduced at the June 2013 Annual Meeting. Efforts are also underway to update the Senior Citizens handbook and the Consumer Law handbook. Serving the public spans across all demographics, so not only do we attempt to serve the adult population, but we help educate young adults with our ongoing distribution of “18 & Life to Go: A Legal Handbook for Young Arkansans” in both print and through iPhone application and Kindle. Efforts are underway to disseminate these

handbooks to all juvenile court offices across the state. To better serve a growing population in our state, YLS is working to secure funding through American Bar Association (ABA) grants and/or partnerships with interested organizations to help translate the book into Spanish. This year, members have continued to place a priority upon making an impact in our local communities, whether it is by helping in a community garden in Northwest Arkansas, working at Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock, or visiting Ronald McDonald House while in Memphis at Mid-Year meeting. YLS never stops looking for new ways to serve the public and communities across the state in an attempt to “make our days count.” 2) Mentoring New Lawyers Last year, YLS launched the Lawyer-2March Madness continued on page14

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Arkansas Bar Association 2012-2103 Leadership Academy

Margaret Alsbrook Alsbrook Legal Service

Tracey Dennis Attorney at Law

Amy Dunn Johnson Arkansas Access to Justice Commission

Bart W. Calhoun Arkansas Attorney General’s Office

Edie Ervin Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP

Jamie Huffman Jones Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP

Chris P. Corbitt Corbitt Law Firm, PLLC


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Kenya J. Gordon Carney Bates & Pulliam

Victoria Leigh Leigh Law LLC

Arkansas Bar Association 2012-2103 Leadership Academy

Akira S. Marine University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Chad W. Pekron Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC

Theodis N. Thompson, Jr. Rolfe Law Firm, P.A.

J. Clifford McKinney II Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC

John D. Pettie Dover Dixon & Horne PLLC

Shana R. Woodard Pulaski County Clerk’s Office

K. Brooke Moore Law Office of K. Brooke Moore

Justin Bradford Smith Norton & Wood, LLP

Megan Elizabeth Wooster James Law Firm


Dean John M.A. DiPippa, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law discusses “Leadership Styles and How They Work Together” and the results of the participants’ Myers Briggs Testing.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY O P E N I N G R E T R E AT The Arkansas Bar Association Leadership Academy participants attended the Opening Retreat January 10-12, 2013 at DeGray Lake Resort Park in Bismarck. The group attended sessions presented by experts including “Leadership for Life” by Judge Marion Humphrey; “Leadership in a Time of Crisis” by Rex Nelson; “Speaking Like a Leader: Tips from the Press that will Impress” by Mara Leveritt; “Diversity in Leadership” by Ericka Benedicto; “Time Management for Leaders” by Dean Carla Martin; “Marooned and You are the Leader” by Leon Jones, Jr.; and “Personalities of the Rich and Famous” by Brian Clary. The participants will attend three additional sessions that focus on different areas of leadership: Legislature and the Judiciary: March 4-5, 2013 in Little Rock; Community and Bar Leadership Retreat: April 19-20, 2013 at Mt. Magazine; and Pro Bono and Graduation: During the Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting in Hot Springs - June 13, 2013.

left photo: Arkansas Bar Association President Charles L. Harwell spoke to the group about “Bar Association 101.” right photo: Steven Clark, presented “The Cost of Leadership—The Ultimate Balancing Act.” 10

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above photos: participants met in groups for “Speed Networking”

above photos: Paul Prater, Leadership Academy Class of 2011, entertained the group after dinner on Friday night with “The Magic of Leadership—Mind Reading & Psychic Entertainment.”

Arkansas Traveler

Photos courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

This is the place to share your tips and reviews of the unique restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, hiking trails, entertainment venues, etc., that you have encountered while traveling around Arkansas. To submit your Arkansas Traveler review (in 150 words or less) about your unique encounter with all things cool in Arkansas, e-mail Tasha@ TaylorLawFirm.com.

Polo in the Ozarks September 7, 2013 In early September of each year, Life Styles, Inc., in conjunction with a number of vendors and contributors, hosts a fundraising event called Polo in the Ozarks. This event has become extremely popular in Northwest Arkansas over the last 23 years. Beginning around 4:00 on a Saturday afternoon, Polo in the Ozarks features a four chukker (i.e., period) polo match at the Buell Farm in Goshen, Arkansas. In addition to the match, which features the traditional “stomping of the divots” after the second chukker, the event includes sampling booths from more than a dozen local restaurants, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a silent auction of hundreds of items ranging from Razorback football tickets to hand-painted art and hand-crafted furniture. The combination of the polo match, the food and drink, the silent auction, and great company makes for an all-around exciting and enjoyable afternoon! After the match, for an additional cost, is a dinner, traditionally catered by Spring Street Grille, which is known in Northwest Arkansas for its delicious pies. Once everyone has had a chance to fill their plates and stomachs, there is a live auction of big ticket items. Last year’s live auction items included, among others, dinner for 12 at the Fowler House with University of Arkansas chancellor David Gearhart; five nights at the Tyson family’s private residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and a $2,000 shopping spree at Romance Diamond. The auction is followed by a live band and some extra time to get in last-minute bids at the silent auction. All in all, it is an incredibly fun event that benefits a very worthy cause. Life Styles is a non-profit entity which, for the last 37 years, has provided services to mentally, developmentally, and physically disabled adults in Northwest Arkansas. Life Styles currently serves over 100 individuals with varying disabilities through innovative programs, including a residential program which operates at several sites, employment training, supported employment, supported living, an arts program, and education. Polo in the Ozarks raises approximately $100,000 for Life Styles each year. If you have a free Saturday afternoon and evening on September 7, 2013, and want to have a lot of fun and contribute to a great organization, take a trip to Goshen and experience Polo in the Ozarks! Visit www.lifestylesinc.org or call 479-521-3581 for tickets or more information. Matthew L. Fryar is an associate attorney with Cypert, Crouch, Clark & Harwell, PLLC in Springdale and his primary areas of practice are contract law, property law and general civil litigation.


tech tip Dual Monitors No matter the size of a law practice, the managing attorney(s) must ask themselves if the technological investments they make are worthwhile. Most of the time, this question comes down to three basic criteria: (1) how useful is the technology, (2) how cost effective is it, and (3) how easy is it to incorporate into the existing business. Necessity is always a consideration but, let’s face it, if something is necessary then it will be purchased regardless of the other criteria. A dual monitor system could rarely be considered a necessity, but it is definitely a sound investment for any law practice and fulfills the investment criteria discussed above in most cases. Numerous studies have been conducted and most empirically show how using multiple computer monitors can increase worker productivity while simultaneously reducing stress and the number of errors made. I can personally attest to this fact with dual monitor usage in my own small law office. Many people wrongly believe that setting up such a system is “a lot of work” and they have to be a computer guru to make everything mesh. The truth is that setting up dual monitors is usually quite simple, the hardware requirements are minimal, and there are a multitude of free online guides which give step by step instructions that address both hardware and software requirements for most computer systems. There are some pros and cons to consider before you commit to the upgrade however. Pros: 1. Statistically, using dual monitors tends to increase productivity, reduce stress, and reduce the number of errors made. 2. Computer monitors and related hardware are relatively inexpensive. 3. Dual monitors are easy to incorporate with most systems and law offices. Cons: 1. Multiple monitors on an attorney’s desk can create an artificial “barrier” between you and your client. Most people don’t like the idea of talking to someone through a barrier—even a clear one (and a monitor is solid). 2. Maximizing “work space” at a desk is usually a concern and the more monitors you have, the smaller your available work area. This can create clutter and disorganization very quickly. 3. Viewing multiple monitors means that the number of potential distractions increases with an abundance of visual information for your brain to process. I hope you consider choosing to enjoy one of the most cost effective, easy to setup technology upgrades for any law practice. Feel free to contact me for my recommended brands and retailers at: joshbugeja@gmail.com.

Joshua W. Bugeja is the owner/operator of a solo law practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Before becoming an attorney, Bugeja was a licensed Realtor and worked in the residential property market while attending the University of Central Arkansas where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing. Afterwards, Bugeja earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Bugeja is a general practice attorney and handles a variety of practice areas. 12

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TASTY TIPS Roast Chicken There is something almost magical about roasting a bird. We have an entire holiday built around roasting a turkey for friends and family. I try to roast a chicken at least once a month, especially during the fall and winter. It is a luscious dinner with more than enough leftovers to carry you through a lunch or two. A five pound chicken is more than enough for one or two people and will provide several meals. A “fryer” chicken for frying will usually come in around that weight. Step 1: Get your chicken out of Assemble your ingredients: the fridge so that it can come up 1 Chicken Pepper to room temperature. Probably will 2 Carrots Herbage (Optional) take about an hour. 2 Lemons Baby Potatoes Step 2: Preheat your oven to 410 ½ cup of Vegetable Stock Onions degrees. Most recipes will be more Butter All optional precise and specify 400, but the Salt oven I use is old and imperfect. One way I have learned to compensate for that is to set the oven 5 to 10 degrees over the specified amount. Step 3: After removing the neck and innards which are kept inside the chicken for your potential use, rinse and pat the chicken dry both inside and out. I will trim off some of the fat here. There are little pockets of fat that honestly are not needed. Step 4: Use a little bit of butter or olive oil and rub the outside of the chicken, get the skin just moist with the fat of your choice. Now apply salt and pepper to the chicken cavity and the skin using the butter or oil so the salt and pepper will stick. Step 5: Quarter one of the lemons. If using the onion, quarter it as well. Stick these, and any associated herbage you want to use, inside the chicken cavity. As the chicken cooks, a little of the flavor of these will permeate the chicken. Step 6: Slice the other lemon evenly. Lay the slices in a roasting pan. We will rest the chicken on the lemon slices while it cooks so the bottom doesn’t stick to the pan and because our resulting pan sauce will be awesome. Step 7: Tie the bird’s legs shut. This will help with even cooking. Fold the wings back over themselves so that they stay out of the way. Place the now stuffed and trussed chicken onto the lemon slices. Step 8: Sprinkle the chopped carrots and potatoes if using into the bottom of the pan. Pour the half cup of veggie stock into the pan. I keep a supply of boxed stock in the pantry to use in just such an occasion. Step 9: Insert bird in pan into the oven. Set time for one and a half hours. You will be guessing for a lot of this the first few times. It can be hard to judge, so in case you undercook the bird, have a frying pan ready to keep cooking the pieces after you carve it. Yeah, you will be carving. Step 10: Check the bird. If you think it is done, pull it out of the oven If you are not sure, well, you might overcook the breasts but that won’t destroy the meal. Once you remove the chicken, after topping out at two hours in the oven, let it rest just like a steak. I think a twenty minute rest will do it good. Usually you don’t rest poultry, but the other benefit is that some of the excess juices will run out …. and we have uses for them. Step 11: Taste the pan sauce. The rendered chicken fat and chicken juices will combine with the vegetable stock that didn’t evaporate during cooking. The lemon at the bottom of the roasting pan will infuse the juices with this amazing citrus flavor. Sometimes, I will add some red pepper flakes and fennel seeds at the very beginning just to amp up the flavor even more. This is an amazing pan sauce to spoon over the chicken and any sides you have prepared. Step 12: Carve that beast! The wings will come off pretty easily, just pull and they should pop out. Next look to breasts while the thighs are still attached. This makes it easier to balance the bird. Find the breastbone and slide the knife down the breastbone and angled slightly off the wishbone. Follow this through to slice off the entire breast in one glorious piece. Repeat on the other side so you have both breasts. Getting the thighs can be a little trickier. The goal is to make one big cut across the body to get the thigh. I lift the bird by the thigh while I am cutting to find the joint because you can cut all the connective tissue to get it off in one piece. Drumstick and thigh as one large, rustic serving piece. What to do with the rest? Put down the knife and get your hands involved Remove as much of the chicken left and put in a plastic storage container. This is the prime candidate for salads and sandwiches. Step 13: Eat this dinner. Oh, the carrots and potatoes were there to eat while you carved. Or with dinner. I cooked some quinoa with more vegetable stock and some rendered chicken fat for this dinner. Do this enough in the fall and you will master your carving skills in time for that Turkey Day festivities we mentioned earlier. Version originally appeared at SouthernAsh.com Joel DiPippa blogs about food, drinks and men’s style at SouthernAsh.com


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Lawyer mentor program. In an attempt to expand this program, Matt Fryar has led efforts to develop additional tools to aid new attorneys in transitioning from law school to practice—the New Admittee Survival Guide and the Mentor Minute videos. Once completed, both resources will be accessible to members from the YLS web portal. 3) Encouraging Others to Become Involved No organization is successful without an eye towards the future. For this reason, Jennie Clark and Jessica Yarborough have continued to think of new ways in which YLS members can socialize and encourage more involvement from attorneys. I hope many of you were able to join us for the holiday social or socialized with us in Memphis at the Mid-Year meeting. Please mark your calendars to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting on June 12-15, 2013, where YLS will be providing Friday evening entertainment. 4) Including Everyone In spring 2012, YLS was awarded an ABA grant for our efforts in promoting diversity in the legal profession. This grant affords us an opportunity to expand our existing “College Road Tour” program to college campuses not yet visited and to revisit campuses, such as UAPB and Philander Smith. 5) Connecting Members It is often said that communication is the key to fostering strong relationships. YLS wants its members to have a strong connection to the Association and the Section. To better connect with members, YLS and the Association Staff continue to provide information about the Association and the Section through various communication channels—the YLS quarterly publication “InBrief,” the YLS portal on the Arkansas Bar Association website http://www.arkbar.com/pages/yls.aspx, the YLS Facebook (please “like” us!) and through Twitter at @Arkbar. YLS wants all of its members to be better connected to the Bar, the profession, and the ongoing activities and projects. *** After reviewing YLS’ “starting line-up” and as we embark upon March Madness, I leave you with a quote from Coach Mike

Krzyzewski, Head Coach for the Duke University Men’s Basketball Team: “To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” The true beauty of YLS is that by combining talents and skills, serving in these capacities, whether by serving the profession and the public, by mentoring attorneys, by encouraging others to join our efforts, by connecting our members, or by including everyone interested to consider law as a profession, we are all better and our profession is stronger. n

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Move Over Johnnie Cochran, Jose Baez is here! High profile lawyer to speak on Friday The same lawyer that captivated America Baez and the jury of the Casey Anthony trial will share his incredible journey from dropping out of high school in the 9th grade to winning the social media trial of the century.

Attorneys and Judges Encouraged to Attend ArkBar’s Annual Meeting expects good turnout again this year



Arkansas Bar Association President Charles Harwell and Annual Meeting Chair Brian Clary invite all attorneys and judges to attend the Association’s Annual Meeting. Hot Springs in June is a vacation destination and families are encouraged to make a memorable event of “going to the Bar meeting.” It is the place to see your friends that you may only get to see this time of year as well as make some new friends.

Online Registration Begins February 25, 2013 www.arkbar.com

Wanted: Justice For All Justice Leagues around the state unite to ensure everyone gets a fair shake at ArkBar’s 115th Annual Meeting. Hot Springs, Arkansas, is once again the place to be for attorneys and judges June 12-15, 2013. The Arkansas Bar Association will hold its Joint Meeting with the Arkansas Judicial Council over four days filled with continuing legal education, receptions, award ceremonies, and entertainment. The meetings take place

The Hot Springs Convention Center is the place to be June 12-15, 2013. at the Hot Springs Convention Center with some afternoon receptions at the Ar-

lington Hotel. The meetings have taken place each year since 1898 and continue

to grow upon traditions while developing new ones. Nationally -recognized speakers including many of Arkansas’s own experts will present topics important to the practice of law in today’s world. Experienced trial lawyers from across the nation will conduct a daylong trial demonstration with panel discussions. 15

SPRING into learning with the Arkansas Bar Association

Your Source for CLE in Arkansas January - June 2013 • Seminars & Webinars are now available for registration

Featured CLE Seminars • Register @ http://www.arkbar.com/pages/continuing_legal_education.aspx February 15th What New Attorneys Need to Know Little Rock February 22nd Food Law: An Overview Little Rock February 28th A Day in the Life: A Case Study Harrison March 1st Northwest Arkansas Conference Springdale March 7th Business Law Little Rock March 8th Administrative Law: ABC’s Little Rock March 14th Am I Going to be a Millionaire? How to Properly Review a Potential Class Action Little Rock


YLS In brief


March 21st Country Music Stars: A Hotbed of Illegal Activity Fayetteville March 15th Current Intellectual Property Issues for IP Practitioners Little Rock March 27-29th 52nd Annual Natural Resources Law Institute Hot Springs April 4th Sports Law: Representing the Athlete Little Rock April 5th 36th Annual Labor & Employment Conference Little Rock April 11th Food Law: An Overview Rogers

April 18-19th 17th Annual Debtor/Creditor Law Institute Little Rock April 24th Uniform Laws and Arkansas Law Little Rock April 25th Foreclosures: Mortgages, Deeds & Issues Little Rock May 3rd Construction Law Little Rock May 9th 17th Annual Environmental Law Conference Eureka Springs June 12-15th ArkBar Annual Meeting, Hot Springs June 24-28th Best of CLE-LR June 27-28th Best of CLE-NW

Supporting Legal Professionals

ADVANCING CAREERS Visit the ABA Career Center, where we’re connecting legal professionals with top employers in Arkansas. Find local legal jobs and recruit qualified candidates dedicated to the profession!


Visit the ABA Career Center today! www.arkbar.com/pages/AdditionalMemberBenefits.aspx

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program can help.

We understand the competition, constant stress, and high expectations you face as a lawyer, judge, or law student. Sometimes the most difficult trials happen outside the court. Unmanaged stress can lead to problems such as substance abuse and depression. Arkansas JLAP offers free, confidential help. All JLAP services are confidential and protected under ARJLAP Rule 10 of the Arkansas Code.

Call 501-907-2529 • Email confidential@arjlap.org 17