Law School Hosts Grand Opening and Dedication of Tracey and Steve Caple Law Review Office

the Arkansas Law Review has just moved into its newly renovated offices on the second floor of the Law Building. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 23, during which Vice Chancellor of Advancement Mark Power, the School of Law leadership and members of the Arkansas Law Review have come together to dedicate the office space to JD’93 alumnus Steve Caple and his wife, Tracey Caple.

The Caples have pledged $100,000 to support the renovation of the Arkansas Law Review office to provide students with the necessary improvements for the installation. Randy Thompson, director of the Robert and Vivian Young Law Library; Alex Nunn, Academic Advisor for the Law Review; and Law Review editors Taylor Spillers and McKenna Moore worked with Jim Hanson of The Norman Company to envision, plan, design and redesign a space that will house Law Review members for many years to come.

Recalling his time as a law student and editor of the Arkansas Law ReviewSteve Caple humorously recounted his participation in the “first” renovation of the Law Review space, where the walls of the room were surreptitiously painted white with a brilliant gold. He also shared the experiences he gained from being part of the Law Review editorial board – how it broadened his appreciation for research and scholarship, strengthened his love of history and law, and most importantly, fostered lifelong friendships.

“My parents and Steve’s aunt were teachers and they instilled in us the importance of education,” Tracey Caple said. “Because of their influence, Steve and I are always looking for ways to support our favorite academic institutions. The University of Arkansas is at the top of the list.”

“When Tracey and I learned that there were renovations planned at the Law School, we inquired about the possibility of improving the workspace for the Arkansas Law Review“, said Steve Caple. “We are delighted that the office is now open and available. We hope it enhances the overall student experience and becomes a preferred destination for current and future members to gather and collaborate as they continue to produce a leading legal journal.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have this new space at the law school and couldn’t be more grateful to the Caples for their generous contribution,” said Taylor Spillers, editor of the Arkansas Law Review. “I can’t express how wonderful it has been to collaborate, study and mingle with everyone on the Law Review in the same room. In addition, the space is beautiful, bright and multifunctional. It has already become the favorite place for many of us throughout the day, whether we are studying in silence at one of the standing desks, having a cup of coffee at the conference table or We were watching TV on the sofa. Future members will no doubt fill this space with fond memories as well. Once again, thank you Steve and Tracey Caple!”

the Arkansas Law Review publishes relevant scholarship on notable national and international issues to stimulate informed discussion and provide intellectual and practical assistance to members of the legal community. The flagship journal is published quarterly by students at the U of A Law School and is an integral part of the legal community in Arkansas and beyond. It is quoted and invoked by lawyers and courts across the country.

the Law Review celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication this year. The first issue was published in the fall semester of the 1946–47 academic year. It was preceded by the University of Arkansas Law School Bulletin, which was launched five years after the U of A Law School was established in 1924.

“Tracey and Steve Caple’s Legal Review Office is a space where collaboration will thrive and community will be built,” said Vice Chancellor of Advancement Mark Power. “It’s obvious that Steve has his experience on the Arkansas Law Review close to his heart, and now thanks to the generous gift of the Caples, future generations of students will continue to publish articles of excellence to ensure the legacy of the Law Review stay strong.”

Steve Caple is chairman of Unity Hunt Inc., the parent company of the Lamar Hunt family holdings. Tracey Caple graduated from the University of North Texas and adopted the U of A as her other favorite school. She is a commodity buyer for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

The Caples are members of the Chancellor’s Society and recognized in the Towers of Old Main, a charitable giving society for the university’s most generous benefactors. Steve Caple also serves on the committee of the Campaign Arkansas School of Law.

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Rufus T. Sifford