Dear Fellow Lawyers:

It is an honor to serve as your Pulaski County Bar Association President during the 2015-2016 bar year.  I have good news and bad news.  It is time to renew your Annual Membership in the Pulaski County Bar Association, an organization of 1200 members who support each other professionally and socially.

The Pulaski County Bar Association celebrated its 66th birthday this year.  The organization is thriving and expanding.  The Association had a record-breaking year, achieving goals set by an outstanding PCBA Board of Directors.  Our monthly membership luncheons were often sold out with outstanding speakers.  We provided more social opportunities for our members, and introduced new and different ways for our membership to become involved in our schools and in our community.  We sought to become more accessible and visible to our membership through social media.  Further, we encouraged our members to volunteer their time to help those who could not afford quality legal care, by becoming more active in pro bono service opportunities.

Additionally, we are very excited to announce two new partnerships for the 2015-16 PCBA bar year:

  1. Regions Insurance and its Professional Association Division has been endorsed as the insurance provider for members of the Pulaski County Bar Association.  Regions Insurance and its predecessor insurance operations have had a long term relationship with Arkansas attorneys, focusing on their needs for 70 years!  Their Professional Association Division support staff has a combined 110 years of service focusing on your specialized needs of Professional Liability Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Business Overhead Insurance, and the rest of your commercial insurance to protect attorneys and their firms.
    PCBA members will be immediately eligible for discounts to the industry-leading C.N.A. professional liability policy for attorneys.  Additional discounts can be earned with attendance to the CLE approved C.N.A. risk management seminar.  Other benefits include group rated term life insurance, disability insurance, and business overhead insurance.
  2. Thomson Reuters (West) offers new members of the Pulaski County Bar Association a special per seat price of $34/seat for Deadline Assistant, Thomson Reuters’ NEW deadline information management product.*
    Current PCBA members are eligible for discounts on new Westlaw – Arkansas specific packages with a qualifying contract and terms.  *Restrictions apply – please contact your local representative, Nikki Hinton, for details.

Online Membership Directory – The PCBA website now includes a searchable online membership directory.  Members and the public can search for attorneys by name, location and practice area.  This directory will make our members more accessible than ever – a benefit of membership at no additional cost.  Don’t miss out on this great new resource!

Each member will receive a subscription to the Daily Record.  The Daily Record has been the Central Arkansas source for real estate, legal and business information since 1925.  During that time they have served a vital role as the authority for daily news and information on business and commerce – certain information that can’t be found in any other publication in Arkansas.  Recognized for decades as the number one source for public notice and business data, the Daily Record offers the most comprehensive information on the courts, real estate, and local business activity, all gathered each day from public records.  This data includes lawsuits, court actions, business licenses, tax liens, corporate charters, building permits, deeds, foreclosures, bankruptcies and more.  Each week their award-winning journalists and photographers produce in-depth profiles of Central Arkansas’ professional peers and their endeavors. These articles in turn provide a comprehensive view of local business news and trends.

The PCBA continues to provide top-notch Continuing Legal Education programs to our members and attorneys statewide.  Our CLE programs cover a variety of topic areas in the law, with some of the best legal experts presenting.  We continually look for new and innovative ways to present CLE programming and are looking forward to another successful year of CLE.

The PCBA will continue to support local, organized bar associations around the state by giving a $20 contribution to the association for each member that attends a PCBA CLE program.

For your convenience, all PCBA activities may be paid online, at  All credit card payments must be made online, however, we will continue to accept your personal and business checks for all payments.  PLEASE BEGIN TO WEAN YOURSELF FROM SENDING CHECKS, AS WE ARE MOVING TOWARD ONLY ON-LINE PAYMENTS.

It is very exciting to begin my term, and I thank you for the opportunity you have given me to serve.  Please do not hesitate to contact me, your board members, or Carol at the PCBA Office, if you have any questions, concerns, or wish to become more involved in the work that we do.  Here’s to another great year for the Pulaski County Bar Association!

Honorable Cathleen V. Compton, President


Pulaski County Bar Association

* Offer available only to solo law firms who are new WestlawNext subscribers signing a two-or three-year agreement. For larger firms please contact Nikki Hinton (901) 598-4829 for other discounted packages. Cannot be applied retroactively to an existing plan or combined with other offers.

Judge Cathleen V. Compton

Byron J. “B.J.” Walker
(501) 375-9131

Past President
Melanie H. Martin

Lee Short

Board of Directors
Shana Woodard Graves
Kelly W. McNulty
Erin O’Leary
Marjorie Rogers
Jeff Swann
Betsy Turner
Brooke Augusta Ware

Ex Officio
Charles T. Coleman
Nicole Lovell
William A. “Bill” Martin
Dean Michael Schwartz
Judge Barry Sims

Executive Director
Carol A. King
(501) 324-9929