The Editorial Board of The Journal, with some sadness, notes the recent retirement of one of its founders and its longtime Developments Editor, Coleen Barger, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. In recognition of her many contributions to The Journal, the Board dedicates this issue to her. She was present at the creation and contributed hours of hard work, exceeded only by her intellectual energy and good cheer, to helping this publication find a niche in the legal academic marketplace. We can only hope that we can continue to grow in service--and, we trust, influence--in the coming years without her. But no matter how well we manage from here on, it will not be possible to replace her.
Professor Barger retired as the Ben J. Altheimer Distinguished Professor of Law after twenty-five years of teaching at Bowen. The backbone of the Law School's highly regarded legal-writing program, Professor Barger was recognized as a national leader in that field, being awarded the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing, jointly given by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, in 2016. Four times she was recipient of Bowen's Faculty Excellence Award, three times for teaching and once for service, and her contributions to the practicing bar were recognized by the Arkansas Bar Foundation, which twice awarded her its prize for excellence in writing published by the Arkansas Lawyer magazine.
Professor Barger's interests in teaching, legal writing, and the practice of law were intertwined over the course of her career. She served as Associate Research Editor of the UALR Law Journal (now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review) as a student and practiced in the probate and appellate sections of the Mitchell Williams firm in Little Rock prior to returning to Bowen to begin her legal teaching career in 1992. But having taught French and English before embarking on her legal education, she has always been a teacher at heart--always concerned with improving the quality of her law students' thinking and helping them focus on the application of legal concepts to real-world concerns.
In her work for The Journal, Professor Barger organized symposia, edited manuscripts, cite-checked articles, and generally offered her expertise on any point of policy facing the Board. She also published with us, even though she could have placed her...