Former Bar President Denise Hoggard with John Rainwater, recipient of the Judith Ryan Gray Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton attorney Denise Hoggard ended her year as the President of the Arkansas Bar Association last week at the Annual Arkansas Bar Association meetings. The meetings, held in Hot Springs every June, serve as a way for Arkansas Lawyers to get together, discuss and learn about issues affecting the profession as well as a way to learn ways to better help clients. During the meeting each year the new Bar President is sworn in, Tony Hillard followed Hoggard as the next Arkansas Bar Association President.
During her year as Bar President Hoggard worked tirelessly to advance the mission of the Bar Association.
“My goal was that as an Association, we should be actively working to protect our fair courts, advocating for our profession and for the public we serve. I have been humbled by the many compliments and expressions of appreciation I have received, for a job well done. While the work required long hours and stamina, it was well worth the effort” said Hoggard. “I have been given a great gift by being allowed to serve as President and it is a memory I will cherish forever” she added.
The annual meetings are also a time to give out awards to deserving attorneys. Rainwater, Holt & Sexton attorney John Rainwater was honored with two awards. Rainwater was presented the Young Lawyer Section Award of Excellence in addition to being named the Judith Ryan Gray Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Both awards represent the great work Rainwater puts in for his clients as well as the Arkansas Bar Association. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award was named for Judith Gray after her 40 years of work for the Arkansas Bar Association. The Award is given every year to an attorney who works on behalf of the Arkansas Bar Association to promote justice and public welfare across the state.
Our head litigation attorney and current Arkansas Bar President, Denise Hoggard, has been named to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (CLEL) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to honoring leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law.
To be a CLEL fellow, an attorney must be in the labor and employment law community and “promote achievement, advancement, and excellence in the practice by setting standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary and the community at large.”
Hoggard is the only attorney in Arkansas that represents the employee’s side. There are two Arkansas law professors who are members, six Arkansas attorneys who represent management, and one Arkansas attorney/mediator, for a total of 10 Arkansas lawyers who have been inducted into the College.
The lawyers are selected by two-component voting system consisting of votes from readers of Arkansas Business and Little Rock Soiree as well as a peer-review voting system. Votes are tabulated and the top voted are listed in each of the 19 categories. It is always reaffirming when our attorneys make these important lists. It consistently shows our peers and clients think highly of our firm and the legal work we provide to the community.
Ms. Hoggard being sworn in by Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Howard Brill. (Photo Credit: Mike Pirnique)
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton had the distinct honor of watching one of our own, Denise Reid Hoggard, be sworn in as president of the Arkansas Bar Association on Friday, June 17. Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Howard Brill presided over the swearing-in ceremony at the Arkansas Bar annual meeting in Hot Springs.
Ms. Hoggard will serve as the bar president thru May of 2017, as well as continuing her work at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton.
“As I took the oath just now I gave thanks for the opportunity to serve each of you through your bar association” said Ms. Hoggard after the swearing-in to Arkansas Bar members. “We must all be guardians of justice for the people of this great state we serve, be faithful to your association and be active in advancing its mission. Together we are the voice of the Arkansas lawyer advocating for our state,” she added later.
Several Rainwater, Holt & Sexton attorneys, including Mike Rainwater and Bob Sexton, were on hand for the bar meeting and swearing in of Ms. Hoggard.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton attorneys at an Arkansas Bar reception. (Photo Credit: Mike Pirnique)
Ms. Hoggard is one of 25 attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton and currently heads up the litigation department in the firm. In her Presidents role with the Arkansas Bar Association she will head up an association of more than 5,000 Arkansas lawyers in their mission of advancing the cause of justice in Arkansas.
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