Faulkner Law Mourns Passing of Judge Luevonda Ross

Judge Luevonda RossFaulkner Law is sad to announce the passing of our former colleague and friend, Judge Luevonda Ross. Judge Ross joined the faculty of Faulkner Law in the fall of 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Law.  Following promotion to Associate Professor of Law in 2007, Professor Ross left the faculty to return to her home State of Arkansas in 2010. Professor Ross passed away last Friday.

In 2012, Professor Ross was appointed by Arkansas’s Governor Mike Beebe to serve as the Drew County District Judge. In 2013, Judge Ross received the NAACP Leadership Award. In 2014 she was named the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. Earlier this year, Judge Ross was elected to serve as a Circuit Judge for the Arkansas 10th Judicial Circuit. She was to sworn in to this seat in January.

In addition to her impact as an effective practical, and considerate teacher, Professor Ross was a beloved role model and mentor to many. She served Faulkner Law’s students in many different capacities, including as the trial team coach to one of Faulkner Law’s first National Championship trial teams. Her departure in 2010 to pursue opportunities in Arkansas left a void in the law school. And her unexpected death reminds all of how much everyone loved and respected Professor Ross. Her contributions to the development of Faulkner Law are deeply appreciated, and she will be missed.

Faulkner Law’s faculty and administration send their deepest sympathies and prayers to Judge Ross’s family.