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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