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Organization founded by
Weeks receives honors

Ethan Weeks (from right) visits with Supreme Court Justice Robin Wynne of Fordyce and fellow student Zach Morrison during a program presented by Wynne and hosted by the Finch Society, which Weeks founded.

When Ethan Weeks founded The Finch Society at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, his main goal was to show fellow students the opportunities available in small-town law.

"There is a real focus on interviewing with firms in Little Rock," he said. "I decided to start this to show opportunities in small towns."

So last spring, The Finch Society, named after the Atticus Finch character in "To Kill a Mockingbird," was born, and several successful events were held in the first year.

"We had eight speakers this year who talked about various aspects of a small town practice," he said.

To cap the year, The Finch Society was recognized as Most Outstanding Student Organization and Best New Student Organization.

"When I started Finch, I did not expect such generous recognition," Weeks said. "I am proud that this mission has found an audience who is interested in small-town practice."

Weeks, who plans to return to Walnut Ridge to practice law, said he is pleased with the success of the organization's first year. One of the highlights was a program with Supreme Court Justice Robin Wynne, which was attended by 60 people.

"The response to this new organization has been huge," he said. "We are now looking at the possibility of expanding it to other law schools."

Weeks is the son of Ruth and Roger Anderson of Hoxie. His brother, Adam Weeks, who has practiced law in Walnut Ridge for several years, is currently the Lawrence County district judge.

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