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RAISING THE BAR: WOMEN DOMINATING THE LEGAL FIELD T

he emergence of women in the legal profession today, both in numbers and in accomplishment, is nothing short of revolutionary. Once among the most staunchly male-dominated professions, law practices and courtrooms nationwide are seeing barriers broken by almost every measurement imaginable.

the percentage of total attorneys in private practice who are female, a ratio that currently sits at 40 percent. In the corporate arena, greater than one in four chief counsels to Fortune 500 companies are female, as are managing partners in the 200 largest U.S. firms.

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ccording to the American Bar Association, the number of women in law school surpassed men for the first time ever in 2016, and women continue to hold that advantage in 2018. In the coming years, the same picture is expected for

omen also hold a majority on the Arkansas State Supreme Court, occupy one-third of the seats on the U.S. Supreme Court and enjoy similar representation on the bench of U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and Federal District Courts.

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APPELLATE PRACTICE

STACI DUMAS CARSON Watts, Donovan & Tilley 501-372-1406 Arkansas Capital Commerce Center, Ste. 200 200 River Market Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201-1769 CONSTANCE G. CLARK Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688 JULIE DEWOODY GREATHOUSE PPGMR Law 501-603-9000 101 Morgan Keegan Drive, Ste. A P.O. Box 251618 Little Rock, AR 72225-1618 BEVERLY A. ROWLETT Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201

ARBITRATION

MELVA HARMON Melva Harmon 501-372-1133 111 Center Street, Ste. 1200 Little Rock, AR 72201

JILL R. JACOWAY Jacoway Law Firm 479-521-2621 223 South East Ave. P.O. Drawer 3456 Fayetteville, AR 72702 BIANCA RUCKER Rucker Law 479-445-6340 One East Center Street, Ste. 215 Fayetteville, AR 72701 KIMBERLY WOOD TUCKER Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 501-371-0808 200 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2300 Little Rock, AR 72201-3699

BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION

JUDY SIMMONS HENRY Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 501-371-0808 200 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2300 Little Rock, AR 72201-3699

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TERESA M. WINELAND Kutak Rock 501-975-3000 124 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3706

CONSTRUCTION LAW

BEVERLY A. ROWLETT Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201

CORPORATE LAW

SUSAN KELLER KENDALL Kendall Law Firm 479-464-9828 3706 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 201 Rogers, AR 72758 D. NICOLE LOVELL Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

SUZANNE G. CLARK Clark Law Firm 476-856-6380 244 West Dickson Street, Ste. 201 P.O. Box 4248 Fayetteville, AR 72702-4248

DUI/DWI DEFENSE

CONSTANCE G. CLARK Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688

EDUCATION LAW

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BEVERLY A. ROWLETT Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201

ELIZABETH ROBBEN MURRAY Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS / INSOLVENCY AND REORGANIZATION LAW

ELIZABETH ROBBEN MURRAY Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

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CHRISTINA D. COMSTOCK Everett Wales & Comstock 479-443-0292 1944 East Joyce Boulevard P.O. Box 8370 Fayetteville, AR 72703-8370 ELLEN OWENS SMITH Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT LAW KAREN S. HALBERT Roberts Law Firm 501-476-7391 20 Rahling Circle Little Rock, AR 72223

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (ERISA) LAW ALEXANDRA A. IFRAH Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

EMPLOYMENT LAW INDIVIDUALS

SUSAN KELLER KENDALL Kendall Law Firm 479-464-9828 3706 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 201 Rogers, AR 72758 ELIZABETH ROBBEN MURRAY Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 JANET L. PULLIAM Mitchell, Blackstock, Ivers, Sneddon & Marshall 501-378-7870 1010 West Third Street P.O. Box 1510 Little Rock, AR 72203

EMPLOYMENT LAW MANAGEMENT

MISSY MCJUNKINS DUKE Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus 501-371-9999 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 200 Little Rock, AR 72201 KATHLYN GRAVES Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

DENISE REID HOGGARD Rainwater, Holt & Sexton 800-767-4815 801 Technology Drive Little Rock, AR 72223 MICHELLE M. KAEMMERLING Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 501-371-0808 200 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2300 Little Rock, AR 72201-3699 ELIZABETH ROBBEN MURRAY Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 JANET L. PULLIAM Mitchell, Blackstock, Ivers, Sneddon & Marshall 501-378-7870 1010 West Third Street P.O. Box 1510 Little Rock, AR 72203 AMBER WILSON BAGLEY Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus 501-371-9999 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 200 Little Rock, AR 72201 CAROLYN B. WITHERSPOON Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus 501-371-9999 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 200 Little Rock, AR 72201

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

SHERRY P. BARTLEY Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

JULIE DEWOODY GREATHOUSE PPGMR Law 501-603-9000 101 Morgan Keegan Drive, Ste. A P.O. Box 251618 Little Rock, AR 72225-1618

FAMILY LAW

MARCIA BARNES Marcia Barnes & Associates 501-492-3438 400 West Capitol, Ste. 1700 Little Rock, AR 72201 CARROL ANN HICKS Hicks & Associates 501-771-1817 5321 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Ste. A North Little Rock, AR 72116

HEALTH CARE LAW

ELIZABETH ANDREOLI Andreoli Law 501-690-5069 72 Pine Manor Drive Little Rock, AR 72207-5151 DEBBY THETFORD NYE Kutak Rock 479-973-4200 234 East Millsap Road, Ste. 200 Fayetteville, AR 72703-4099

IMMIGRATION LAW

MISSY MCJUNKINS DUKE Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus 501-371-9999 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 200 Little Rock, AR 72201 KATHY W. GOSS Kathy Woodward Goss 501-676-6522 604 South Center Street P.O. Box 448 Lonoke, AR 72086-0000


INSURANCE LAW

MARIAM T. HOPKINS Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins 501-372-1887 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2400 Little Rock, AR 72201-4851 BEVERLY A. ROWLETT Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201

CAROLYN B. WITHERSPOON Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus 501-371-9999 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 200 Little Rock, AR 72201

LABOR LAW - UNION

MICHELLE M. KAEMMERLING Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 501-371-0808 200 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2300 Little Rock, AR 72201-3699

LABOR LAW - MANAGEMENT

SUSAN KELLER KENDALL Kendall Law Firm 479-464-9828 3706 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 201 Rogers, AR 72758

SUSAN KELLER KENDALL Kendall Law Firm 479-464-9828 3706 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 201 Rogers, AR 72758

KIMBERLY WOOD TUCKER Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 501-371-0808 200 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2300 Little Rock, AR 72201-3699

LITIGATION - BANKRUPTCY

MELVA HARMON Melva Harmon 501-372-1133 111 Center Street, Ste. 1200 Little Rock, AR 72201

EMILY RUNYON Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201 KATHLYN GRAVES Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

LITIGATION - BANKING AND FINANCE

JANET L. PULLIAM Mitchell, Blackstock, Ivers, Sneddon & Marshall 501-378-7870 1010 West Third Street P.O. Box 1510 Little Rock, AR 72203

MARCELLA J. TAYLOR Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

MICHELLE M. KAEMMERLING Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 501-371-0808 200 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2300 Little Rock, AR 72201-3699

LITIGATION - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

SUSAN KELLER KENDALL Kendall Law Firm 479-464-9828 3706 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 201 Rogers, AR 72758

CONSTANCE G. CLARK Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688

AMY LEE STEWART Rose Law Firm 501-375-9131 120 East Fourth Street Little Rock, AR 72201-2893

LITIGATION ENVIRONMENTAL

MISSY MCJUNKINS DUKE Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus 501-371-9999 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 200 Little Rock, AR 72201

SHERRY P. BARTLEY Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525 JULIE DEWOODY GREATHOUSE PPGMR Law 501-603-9000 101 Morgan Keegan Drive, Ste. A P.O. Box 251618 Little Rock, AR 72225-1618

LITIGATION - LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

KATHLYN GRAVES Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525 DENISE REID HOGGARD Rainwater, Holt & Sexton 800-767-4815 801 Technology Drive Little Rock, AR 72223

LITIGATION - MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS SUZANNE G. CLARK Clark Law Firm 476-856-6380 244 West Dickson Street, Ste. 201 P.O. Box 4248 Fayetteville, AR 72702-4248

LITIGATION - REAL ESTATE

SUZANNE G. CLARK Clark Law Firm 476-856-6380 244 West Dickson Street, Ste. 201 P.O. Box 4248 Fayetteville, AR 72702-4248

EVA C. MADISON Littler Mendelson 479-582-6100 The Fulbright Building, Ste. 204 217 East Dickson Street Fayetteville, AR 72701

CONSTANCE G. CLARK Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688

ELIZABETH ROBBEN MURRAY Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

LITIGATION - SECURITIES

KERRI E. KOBBEMAN Conner & Winters 479-582-5711 4375 North Vantage Drive, Ste. 405 Fayetteville, AR 72703

JANET L. PULLIAM Mitchell, Blackstock, Ivers, Sneddon & Marshall 501-378-7870 1010 West Third Street P.O. Box 1510 Little Rock, AR 72203

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LEADING WITH GREATNESS Congrats to our managing member Julie DeWoody Greathouse on being named to this year’s Best Women Lawyers in Arkansas* & The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. *as excerpted from the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

LITIGATION - TRUSTS AND ESTATES

ALLISON J. CORNWELL Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 RITA REED HARRIS Rita Reed Harris 870-633-9900 208 North Izard Street Forrest City, AR 72335 SARAH COTTON PATTERSON Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

MASS TORT LITIGATION / CLASS ACTIONS DEFENDANTS

SHERRY P. BARTLEY Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

With offices in Little Rock, El Dorado and Stuttgart, PPGMR Law is a business-focused law firm known for its experience in energy, oil and gas, agricultural, environmental and natural resources law, as well as commercial litigation, insurance defense and related business matters. Visit us at ppgmrlaw.com.

LYN P. PRUITT Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW DEFENDANTS

Jennifer Wilson-Harvey For being included in the 2018 Edi�on of The Best Lawyers in America© for Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law in Li�le Rock and Best Women Lawyers Arkansas Edi�on in the Arkansas Times! Wilson & Associates, PLLC

MICHELLE ATOR Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

KELLY CARITHERS Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688

OIL AND GAS LAW

REBECCA D. HATTABAUGH Ledbetter, Cogbill, Arnold & Harrison 479-782-7294 622 Parker Ave. P.O. Box 185 Fort Smith, AR 72902-0185

PATENT LAW

MARIAM T. HOPKINS Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins 501-372-1887 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2400 Little Rock, AR 72201-4851

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION - DEFENDANTS

LAURA HENSLEY SMITH Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

MORTGAGE BANKING FORECLOSURE LAW

JENNIFER WILSON-HARVEY Wilson & Associates 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1400 Lile Rock, AR 72201 (501) 219-9388

MUNICIPAL LAW

M. JANE DICKEY Rose Law Firm 501-375-9131 120 East Fourth Street Little Rock, AR 72201-2893

NON-PROFIT / CHARITIES LAW SARAH COTTON PATTERSON Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

Wilson+Miller, PLLC 400 West Capitol Ave., Suite 1400 Li�le Rock, AR 72201 (501) 219-9388 www.thewilsonlawfirm.com

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CAROLYN J. CLEGG Keith & Clegg 870-234-3550 124 South Jackson, Ste. 205 Magnolia, AR 71753 MEREDITH K. LOWRY Wright, Lindsey & Jennings 479-986-0888 3333 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 510 Rogers, AR 72758

MICHELLE ATOR Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 SHERRY P. BARTLEY Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525 MICHELLE L. BROWNING Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525 KELLY CARITHERS Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688 MARIAM T. HOPKINS Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins 501-372-1887 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2400 Little Rock, AR 72201-4851

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LYN P. PRUITT Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525 BEVERLY A. ROWLETT Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201 LAURA HENSLEY SMITH Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 TERESA M. WINELAND Kutak Rock 501-975-3000 124 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3706

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION - DEFENDANTS

PUBLIC FINANCE LAW

M. JANE DICKEY Rose Law Firm 501-375-9131 120 East Fourth Street Little Rock, AR 72201-2893

REAL ESTATE LAW

MARIAN M. MCMULLAN McMullan Law Firm 501-376-9119 815 West Markham Street P.O. Box 2839 Little Rock, AR 72201

SECURITIES / CAPITAL MARKETS LAW

ROBYN P. ALLMENDINGER Rose Law Firm 501-375-9131 120 East Fourth Street Little Rock, AR 72201-2893 D. NICOLE LOVELL Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

SARAH GREENWOOD Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone 501-374-6535 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1900 Little Rock, AR 72201

TAX LAW

JULIE M. HANCOCK Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins 501-372-1887 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2400 Little Rock, AR 72201-4851

TRADE SECRETS LAW

LYN P. PRUITT Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

REBECCA B. HURST Smith Hurst 479-301-2444 226 West Dickson Street, Ste. 201 Fayetteville, AR 72701

TRANSPORTATION LAW

SUSAN KELLER KENDALL Kendall Law Firm 479-464-9828 3706 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Ste. 201 Rogers, AR 72758

TRUSTS AND ESTATES

ALLISON J. CORNWELL Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 SARAH COTTON PATTERSON Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522 JENNIFER R. PIERCE Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard 501-688-8800 425 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201-3525

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW - CLAIMANTS LAURA BETH YORK Rainwater, Holt & Sexton 800-767-4815 801 Technology Drive Little Rock, AR 72223

ELIZABETH ROBBEN MURRAY Friday, Eldredge & Clark 501-376-2011 400 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201-3522

CONSTANCE G. CLARK Davis, Clark, Butt, Carithers & Taylor 479-521-7600 19 East Mountain Street P.O. Box 1688 Fayetteville, AR 72702-1688

TRADEMARK LAW

BETTY J. HARDY Coplin & Hardy 501-707-0300 One Union Plaza 124 West Capitol Ave., Ste. 1650 Little Rock, AR 72201

KATHRYN BENNETT PERKINS Rose Law Firm 501-375-9131 120 East Fourth Street Little Rock, AR 72201-2893

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McMullan & Brown congratulates our senior partner, Marian McMullan, on being included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law in Little Rock.

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INSIGHTS FROM THE ATTORNEYS

Q: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME AN ATTORNEY?

“After having a career in the corporate world, becoming a lawyer allowed me to apply that business expertise to creating my own business in a profession that is often exciting and gratifying.” Suzanne G. Clark, Clark Law Firm, PLLC “I was a teacher before I went to law school. I enjoy work that allows me to help others. I saw the law as another extension of the type of work I did as a teacher. The work is challenging, varied, and engaging.” Julie M. Hancock, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins “I never really thought about going into the legal profession until I fell in love with my business-law class during my last year of college. However, in hindsight, it makes perfect sense. I always found myself in the middle of other people’s issues growing up. I really enjoy lending myself as an advocate and feel great satisfaction when I can help others solve problems.” Emily Runyon, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A.

Q: WHAT ROLE(S) HAS/HAVE MENTORS PLAYED IN BUILDING YOUR CAREER?

“I am lucky to work in a firm where the senior attorneys all freely provide advice and mentoring. I think having a mentor is a key to continuing to develop your skills after you complete your legal education and enter the practice of law.” Julie M. Hancock, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins “It is absolutely critical to have experienced attorneys you respect and trust to provide guidance as you build a legal practice. “ Suzanne G. Clark, Clark Law Firm, PLLC “I don’t know that I would seek out a mentor; however, it is wonderful when that type of relationship happens organically. I have been blessed with several mentors or role models along the way. […] My first job out of law school was as a law clerk for Justice Betty Dickey at the Arkansas Supreme Court. I adored her. I still do. The stories about her journey in the legal profession were inspiring, and she made me believe that there wasn’t anything I couldn’t go out and do as a young attorney. […] I also had the opportunity to work on occasion with Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck about matters

pending before the Court. She taught me so much about the importance of being thorough and how the smallest of details could make a huge difference in the big picture and the final legal analysis. Neither of these women probably realizes the impact they had on me. I hope one day that I have the opportunity to pay it forward.” Emily Runyon, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A.

“Thankful for all of the exceptional women lawyers who paved the way for me. Proud to be a part of a firm that years ago saw fit to name me as its managing partner. Humbled to be listed with this fantastic group of women. Encouraged about the future of our profession.” Julie DeWoody Greathouse, PPGMR Law, PLLC

Q: WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER FEMALES THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN THE LAW?

“If you treat law school as a job, and stay disciplined with regard to the work assigned, you will succeed.” Suzanne G. Clark, Clark Law Firm, PLLC

“My advice to women considering a career in the law is to have courage and clerk at law firms that allow you to write pleadings and research. You will be good at the area of practice you like the most but it is also good to explore other areas of the law. Also, be patient with yourself and other colleagues because the best teacher is experience and that might be the attorney on the opposite side of the table. I worked full time at a title company doing title work and closing real estate transactions while I attended night law school. I thought I would have a nervous breakdown sometimes, but I kept on. Because I did not go to law school directly out of college I had some experience in the business world which was incredibly valuable in creating my own practice because many of the people I knew became my clients. Finally, simply because you are a female you do not show how aggressive you are by being rude to other attorneys. Wear the white hat no matter what.” Marian McMullan, McMullan & Brown, Attorneys at Law “Women should use their unique strengths and abilities to develop a successful practice. Sometimes women think they need to adapt to be more like men when entering a profession like the law. You will better serve your clients and love your job more, if you bring who you are as a person to what you do.” Julie M. Hancock, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins “One considering a career in law should be prepared to work hard and deal with sometimes stressful situations. However, practicing law can be very rewarding and intellectually stimulating.” Beverley Rowlett, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A. “If you feel pulled to a career in the legal field, there really shouldn’t be any other considerations. Go for it!” Emily Runyon, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A.

Q: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE ABOUT LAW SCHOOL?

“Make the most of your clerking experiences. Talk to people and make connections, even if it is uncomfortable. Ask questions and seek feedback. Find out if the work is something you could be passionate about. Try new things. Don’t make assumptions about what work will fulfill you. Search for something that you love.” Julie M. Hancock, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins “Your classmates in an Arkansas law school will be your professional colleagues for years to come, assuming you practice in Arkansas, so develop good relationships.” Beverley Rowlett, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A. “Enjoy it. You will miss it.” Emily Runyon, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A. “Law school is an adventure in perseverance and dedication, and women are wired for both. And in a field dominated by men only a generation or two ago, the legal profession is now filled with talented, extraordinary women pursuing very rewarding legal careers.” Jennifer Wilson, Wilson & Associates, Attorneys at Law

Q: IS THERE A SINGLE PASSION THAT DRIVES YOU AS IT RELATES TO LAW?

“I can’t identify a single passion; however, there always seem to be small injustices in my cases that push me to want to be a better attorney and do the best job for my client.” Emily Runyon, Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A. “I am passionate about serving my clients well. One of the things I enjoy most about my job is having the opportunity to assist my clients in learning to assess risk and adopt practices which will assist them in avoiding legal difficulties in the future.” Julie M. Hancock, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins

Arkansas Times gathered these reflections from participating female attorneys in Arkansas, who are being recognized.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Three women lawyers from Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A. were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. BEVERLY A. ROWLETT was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Little Rock.

BEVERLY A. ROWLETT

Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Appellate Practice

SARAH E. GREENWOOD

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

EMILY M. RUNYON Insurance Law

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