Whitman Fowlkes named Stone County Volunteer Attorney of the Year

FAYETTEVILLE, May 1, 2010 - In observance of Law Day, May 1, 2010, Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that Whitman Fowlkes of Mountain View has been chosen Volunteer Attorney of the Year for Stone County. The award, given each year by Legal Aid, a nonprofit corporation providing free legal services to low-income individuals, recognizes outstanding volunteerism and service to the residents of the county. 

Whit FowlkesFowlkes, a previous recipient of the award, continues to excel as a volunteer in support of pro bono services.

About his pro bono service, Fowlkes says, “I was taught and believe that I have been blessed to be able to practice law, and I think we are charged with the responsibility to assist those in need of assistance and unable to afford it.”

Susan M. Purtle, Pro Bono Manager and Senior Attorney for Legal Aid states, “This is the second year Mr. Fowlkes has been recognized as Volunteer Attorney of the Year.  He understands the needs of clients, and is respectful and kind, always honoring our clients’ confidentiality, which is important in a rural community.  We are honored to have him as a volunteer for Legal Aid of Arkansas.”

In 2009 Fowlkes was elected District Judge for Stone County; and in 2010 he was appointed Special Justice for the Arkansas Supreme Court.  He continues a part-time private practice.  He has been a member of the Arkansas Bar Association since 1981 and has served as President of the Stone County Bar Association.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the New Horizons Day Care for more than 15 years and as Chairman for the last five years.  “I take great pride in the fact that we can offer quality, affordable pre-school education to many needy families in rural Stone County.”

He graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1981.  He served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Child Support Enforcement Attorney for the 16th Judicial District form 1987-1993.  He began private practice in Mountain View in 1994.   About his career as an attorney, he says, “I enjoy the challenge and working with many different people.  I mostly enjoy the work of helping others.”

He and his wife of 38 years, Nancy Anne Fowlkes, have two grown children, W. Tyler Fowlkes of Mountain View and Anne C. Nowlin of Memphis, Tennessee.

Legal Aid of Arkansas’ vision is to improve the lives of low-income Arkansans by championing equal access to justice regardless of economic or social circumstances.  Legal Aid provides free legal help with civil matters to those who qualify.  If you or someone you know needs help with a legal problem, has questions for a lawyer, has been sued, or doesn’t know where to turn, call the Legal Aid Hotline at 1-800-952-9243.

Contact:
Susan M. Purtle
Legal Aid of Arkansas
1905 E. Mission Blvd. #6
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(870) 972-9224 ext. 4301
(479) 879-21111 (cell)
(479) 442-0603 FAX
spurtle@arlegalaid.org