University of Arkansas School of Law







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.


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

Professional Affiliations

Professor Nance is a former voting member of the Council member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law (LEL) Section (2006-2014) and currently serves as an ex-officio member and represents the LEL Section in the ABA House of Delegates (2012-2018). Nance is a council member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (2012-2018). Professor Nance is an elected member of the American Law Institute (2007). She is a Fellow of the American (2007) and Arkansas Bar Foundations, and an elected member of The Labor Law Group, and serves on its executive committee.
Nance is a former chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Labor and Employment Law (2001) and Employment Discrimination (2002) sections, and served on the boards of National Association for Law Placement Foundation Board (2007-2016) and Law School Admissions Council (2005-2008; 2011-2013) and is a member of National Hispanic, Native American and National Asian Pacific American Bar Associations.

Community Service

Arkansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2016-2020)
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 (2011-2016)
Arkansas Bar Foundation Board of Directors (2014-2017)
Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity (2000-2016)
Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, Board Member (2015-2018)
Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center, WelcomeHealth Board Member (2015-2018)
Phi Alpha Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Graduate Advisor Council member (2014-2017); 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)