Sarah L. Waddoups

Sarah l. WAddoupS

Appellate Law, Utility Regulation & General Civil Litigation.
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I am a transplant to Northwest Arkansas, but my husband and I have lived here for fifteen years and Rogers is definitely home. I grew up in Wyoming and earned my Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 2000. I graduated from the University of Arkansas, School of Law in 2004 with highest honors, graduating second in my class. During law school I served as the Executive Editor of the Arkansas Law Review and as a chairperson on the Board of Advocates. I also clerked for Senior District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren of the U.S. District Court, Western Arkansas district and three local law firms. Since earning my law degree, I have happily practiced with Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure & Thompson, P.A.
My practice consists primarily of appeals before the Arkansas Court of Appeals and Arkansas Supreme Court. I have successfully handled many appeals over the last ten years. I enjoy the in-depth research and writing necessary for an effective appeal. My practice also includes electric utility regulation matters before the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
Outside of the practice of law, I love growing orchids. My collection of nearly 900 plants means I have flowers every day of the year. My passion for orchids has taken me to far-flung places around the world, including several trips to remote areas in Africa. I also serve on the board of directors for both local and national orchid societies.

Although not often used in Northwest Arkansas, I speak two Filipino languages, Illongo and Cebuano, and French. The two Filipino languages are the result of an 18-month mission trip to rural areas of the Philippines when I was in my twenties. French has been very useful during my orchid trips to Africa as French is widely spoken. Having spent quite a bit of time in developing countries, I am very grateful to be an American and also feel a strong obligation to help others in our local community and our world community.
Volunteering in ways that improve our community is very important to me and is also a part of my religious beliefs. I am actively involved in the Rogers congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently, I am the volunteer director of the church’s youth group for pre-teen and teenage girls. Previously I have served as an assistant director of the children’s Sunday School program and am a long-time Sunday School teacher. I am also a principal member of an organization working to establish a community-based, sustainable orchid-related agriculture program in rural Africa.

Brigham Young University
Bachelor of Arts, English, 2000
University of Arkansas School of Law
J.D, Summa Cum Laude, 2004
Fayetteville School of Law, May 2002

Bar Admissions
State of Arkansas, 2003
United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2004 
Bar Activities
Benton County Bar Association
(Secretary/Treasurer, 2005-2006)

Other Activities
Board of Trustees, American Orchid Society 2016-2019
President, Young Women’s Youth Group 2015-Present
Executive Board Member, Orchid Society of the Ozarks 2008-Present
President, The Angraecoid Alliance, Inc. 2010-Present
Assistant Director, Children’s Sunday School Program 2012-2015
Arkansas Law Review, Executive Editor & Member 2003-2004
Author: You Can’t Tell By Looking: Using Evidence Not Listed in Arkansas Rule of Civil Procedure 56 to Support Summary Judgment Motions, 56 Ark. L. Rev. 611 (2003).
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