Kristin Pawlik to Address Election Issue #4

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[The Washington County Bar Association’s] October speaker will be Kristin Pawlik. Kristin is an attorney and Director on the Fairness for Arkansans ballot question committee. The committee was created by the Arkansas Bar Association and has recently led a lawsuit challenging the proposed constitutional amendment to limit contingency fees and non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The amendment’s popular name is “An Amendment to Limit Attorney Contingency Fees and Non-Economic Damages in Medical Lawsuits” and will be identified on the general election ballot as “Issue No. 4.” Kristin will speak to the WCBA about the proposed amendment and the Bar Association’s position with respect to the amendment.

A copy of the Complaint with the exhibits is attached for Bar members to review prior to the meeting.

Kristin L. Pawlik is a native of Bentonville and began practicing law in Benton County upon her admission to the Bar in 1999. She worked for the Public Defender’s Office in the 19th Judicial District for over four years, including as Chief Deputy Public Defender. Kristin joined Miller, Butler, Schneider, Pawlik, & Rozzell, PLLC, in October of 2003 and concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense and employment law.

She became a partner in 2008. Kristin received her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in May of 1999 and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1996, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. In 2001, she attended the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute at Mercer Law School.

She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Bar Association and Chair of the Legislation Committee. She served as President of the Benton County Bar Association in 2007. She is also a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2009 Kristin was recognized by the Arkansas Access To Justice Commission as the Arkansas Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. She appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence, and she currently serves as Chair of the Commission.

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