University of Arkansas Law Professor Howard Brill Named Chief Justice
Posted on August 25, 2015
University of Arkansas School of Law Professor Howard W. Brill was appointed Tuesday as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court Tuesday morning by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Brill will serve out the remainder of the term of Jim Hannah who is retiring Aug. 31 due to health issues. The term expires at the end of 2016.
“We are delighted that Professor Brill has agreed to serve the State of Arkansas as Chief Justice and applaud his well-deserved appointment,” said School of Law Dean Stacy L. Leeds. “Professor Brill is a living treasure at the School of Law, and we look forward to welcoming him back to full-time teaching upon completion of his term.”
Brill, the Vincent Foster University Professor of Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, joined the School of Law in 1975. His many leadership roles on campus include an interim appointment as Dean of the Law School. He currently teaches courses in professional responsibility, remedies, and civil procedure, and he has been instrumental in advancing international opportunities for law students. Brill’s seminal work, Arkansas Law of Damages, now in its sixth edition, has been cited more than 200 times by Arkansas state and federal courts, and serves as an easily accessible reference for Arkansas’ bench and bar.
Brill is a graduate of Duke University, earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. He also holds an LL.M. from the University of Illinois.