Cynthia E. Nance

Cynthia E. Nance

University of Arkansas School of Law

Fayetteville, AR


University of Iowa College of the Law, J.D. (with distinction), 1990
University of Iowa, M.A., 1991
Chicago State University, B.S., (Magna cum Laude) 1986

Areas Of Scholarship and Teaching

Cynthia E. Nance (Cyndi), is Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law and serves as the law school’s Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement She teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, Workplace Legislation and Poverty Law. Professor Nance’s articles appear in journals including the Iowa Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Iowa Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Brandeis Law Review.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2007, Patron Fellow 2021

Chair, Arkansas Bar Foundation Fellows 2021-2022

Founding Fellow, American Association of Law Schools, 2018

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law (LEL) Section Member, 1996-

LEL Delegate, ABA House of Delegates, 2012-

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to Bar, Council Member, 2012-2018

Board, National Association for Law Placement Foundation Board, 2007-2016

NALP Foundation Advisory Committee 2016-

Board of Trustees, Law School Admissions Council, 2005-2008; 2011-2013

Elected Member, American Law Institute, 2007

Elected Member, The Labor Law Group, Executive Committee

Former Chair, Association of American Law Schools’ Labor and Employment Law, 2001, and Employment Discrimination Sections, 2002

Member, National, Hispanic, Native American and National Asian Pacific American Bar Associations

Community Service

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Arkansas Advisory Committee, 2016-Present

American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 2016-2019

American Bar Association, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 2014-2016

American Bar Association, Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, 2012-2014

Arkansas Bar Association, Annual Meeting Co-Chair, 2016-2017

Arkansas Bar Association, Legislative Expert, 2016-2017

Arkansas Supreme Court, Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program Committee, 2011-2017, JLAP Volunteer, 2017-

Arkansas Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2014-2017

Arkansas Bar Foundation, Trust Committee, 2019-Present

Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity, 2000-2021

Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, Board Member, 2015-Present

Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center, WelcomeHealth Board Member, 2015-2018

Phi Alpha Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Graduate Advisor Council Member, 2014-Present; Chapter President, 1999-2002

Bikes, Blues and Barbecue Charity Motorcycle Rally of Northwest Arkansas, Board Member, 2011-2018

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Advisory Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility, 2001-2005

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Board Member, 2006-2008

Interfaith Worker Justice, Board Member, 1999-2006