Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers (AAWL)
Keesa Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Bowen Law School. Prior to her current position, Smith was chairman of the Arkansas Board of Review. She also served in Governor Beebe’s office as deputy legal counsel— she was the first African-American woman to hold this position— and state implementation director for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She’s also worked in his office as liaison to the Public Service Commission, a member of Beebe’s communication team and a member of the External Affairs division. Smith is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association; the W. Harold Flowers Law Society; the Greater Little Rock Leadership Class XXVI; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Last year, she was named a Central Arkansas Heart Association Survivor and one of Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40.
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Congratulations to AAWL's own
Denise Reid Hoggard
on being elected as the Arkansas Bar Association’s New President Elect-Designee!
Ms. Hoggard currently serves on the Board of Governors, as Chair of the Personnel Committee, Co-Chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and is a member of the Bar’s Long-Range Planning Committee, Law School Committee, and the Leadership Academy Committee. She is a Bar Association Benefactor and a Sustaining Bar Foundation Fellow. She has served as a member of the Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Labor and Employment Section.
In addition to Ms. Hoggard’s service to the Arkansas Bar, she has been a long time, active supporter of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers serving not only as President for multiple terms, but as Membership Chair, Executive Committee Advisor and many other positions.
Ms. Hoggard joins the Association’s leadership track composed of President Brian H. Ratliff, President-Elect Eddie H. Walker, Jr. and Immediate Past President Jim Simpson. She will assume the office of President-Elect at the June 2015 Annual Meeting and President at the June 2016 Annual Meeting.
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