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Reports to the Arkansas Bar by the Faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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University of Arkansas
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Articles written by

Steve Sheppard

Books for Lawyers from 2010 — A Very Subjective View of the Scribes Prize Nominees

From 2007 to 2009, I shared in Arkansas Law Notes my notes on the prize nominees for the national Scribes Prize for the best legal book in each year prior to those essays. No one complained, and a few kind […]

Some Randomly Selected Entries from the New Edition of The Bouvier Law Dictionary

In 2011, Wolters-Kluwer — the global law publisher that includes Wolters-Kluwer Law and Business, CCH, Loislaw — and other legal information resources, will publish the first new edition of the Bouvier Law Dictionary for a century. This dictionary has been […]

Books for Lawyers from 2007 A Very Subjective View of the Scribes Prize Nominees

In 2006, I first shared my notes on the prize nominees for the national Scribes Prize for the best legal book of 2005. No one complained in two years, and I’m doing it again. Waves of new law books are published each year, many of […]

Books for Lawyers from 2006 A Very Subjective View of the Scribes Prize Nominees

In 2006, I shared my notes on the prize nominees for the national Scribes Prize for the best legal book of 2005. No one complained, and I’m doing it again. Waves of new law books are published each year, many of them interesting to […]

Presidential Signing Statements: How to Find Them, How to Use Them, and What They Might Mean

The Constitution of the United States provides, in Article I, Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but […]

Books for Lawyers from 2005 A Very Subjective View of the Scribes Prize Nominees

Waves of new law books are published each year, many of them interesting to the lawyer but few of them reaching lawyers’ bookshelves. In part this gap comes from the scope of publishing: it takes valuable time to consider all the new books. And, it […]

Intelligible, Honest, and Impartial Democracy: Making Laws at the Arkansas Ballot Box, or Why Jim Hannah and Ray Thornton were Right about May v. Daniels

There is a long-standing tension in America between the ideals of direct democracy and the rule of law.  In its simplest form, rule by democracy requires that the majority gets what it wants, but the rule of law requires not […]

First Priority? The Neglect of Rural Development by Federal Agencies, and How Arkansas Could Respond

Every agency of the United States is required to promote the location of its activities in rural areas. In 1970, Congress found that a balance between rural and urban development is “essential to the peace, prosperity, and welfare of all […]

Arkansas 1, Texas 0: Sodomy Law Reform and the Arkansas Law

In 2002, the Arkansas Supreme Court led the state to join the majority of states and overturn its statute enshrining the ancient law against sodomy, which made criminal specific sexual actions between consenting adults. The court held that the Arkansas […]

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