Staff enjoying lunchFriday was the last day of law school classes for the year so that was a pretty important day, especially for third year students. I met with Prof. Mullane and then the law school community poured into the Norma Lea Beasley Entrance Hall Serving staffAtrium to participate in the Staff Appreciation Luncheon which was catered by Mama Dean’s restaurant. Mama Dean joined us for that event. Kelvin Stroud brought greetings and thanks to the staff on behalf of the students, and Madra McAdoo sang a wonderful tribute to the staff. It was a beautiful program, well attended, and we went through a lot of soul food! Thanks very much to our staff for everything you do. We know that we would not be successful as a law school without your support. We really appreciate you very much. Thanks also to thelining up to eat professors who participated in the event including Professors Ann Killenbeck, Uché Ewelukwa, Susan Schneider, Mary Beth Matthews, Ned Snow, Howard Brill, Don Judges, Sharon Foster and Angie Doss. Thanks also to the students who also helped to serve the staff. We also invited Jesús Moroles’ construction crew to join us for lunch as well. They have been working hard on the courtyard. It was a wonderful event.

Later that evening I attended the Girl Scout’s Women of Distinction Event. The NOARK (Northwest Arkansas Council of the Girl Scouts) is being merged to create a statewide council, the Girl Scouts of Greater Arkansas Council. The 2008 Women of Distinction Honorees were Sandy Edwards, Associate Director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Kelly Johnson, Airport Director for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority; and Dr. Becky Paneitz, President of Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville. This was a historic moment in the history of the Council. In addition to recognizing the annualAward recipeint Women of Distinction Award winners, there was a recognition of women throughout the fifty years of service of the NOARK Council who had made a difference in the life of the Council: Leila “Skip” Baker (1958-1968), The Late Donna Fincher (1969-1978), Martha Albright (1979-1988), Helene Taglauer (1989-1998), Judy von Diest Hooten (1999-2008). Honorable Mentions included The Late Betty Turner, Bette Matthews, JoAnn Miller, The Late Trudy Lee, B.J. Krause, and Cora Parsons. My mom attended with me. I served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for that event and it was an honor to do so. Thanks very much to the Girl Scouts for including me. It was amazinCrawfishg to see the number of women in the room who had been girl scouts including me. I was a brownie scout. A number of members of the UofA community attended as well. It was a lovely event.

The next day, April 26, I attended a crawfish boil at Tim Snively’s house. It was really fun. There were a number of our alums there. Lots of good eats. There was crawfish, crabs and all the trimmings to go with it. Thanks very much to Tim and Cristi SEating crawfishnively for inviting me. I had a chance to visit with his sweet parents again and to meet Cristi’s mom as well. I really appreciate being included in that fun event and the opportunity to hang out with many of our alums.

On the 27th after church, it was time for me to “settle up” with the students who bought my faculty auction item. We had brunch at Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Restaurant. We had a really fun time. That group included KelvBrunch at Copeland'sin Stroud, Kristi Hunter, Sarah Hudson, Allison Waldrip, James Roller and Virginia Ann Raffaelli. It was really good to be able to spend time with them. We had a lovely meal. I had eggs with spicy Cajun sausage. Most of the students had eggs benedict in one form or another. Some had eggs sardou which was spicy and made with spinach and two had eggs benedict made with a small steak. It was really a fun time and most of us (I know) had dessert afterwards as well. It was great to be able to spend time with a small group in a casual, relaxed setting and to benefit of Legal Aid of Arkansas at the same time.