Charles Harwell of Springdale, President of the Arkansas State Bar Association, presented Bilenda Harris-Ritter of Ritter Law, Maumelle, with the CLE Award at the 2013 State Bar Annual Meeting in Hot Springs on June 14.
Harris-Ritter, who serves as a member of the State Bar Lawyers Assisting Military Personnel Committee (LAMP), received the award for her successful efforts in planning, scheduling, implementing and participating in continuing education seminars for attorneys to educate them on how to represent Veterans before the VA and assist military personnel with civilian legal problems.
A partner with her husband, George Ritter, in the Maumelle firm of Ritter Law, she is also active in the Maumelle Community. The firm is a member of the Maumelle Chamber of Commerce and she has served as Chair of the Maumelle Tree Board from 2011-2012. She is also a member of Senator David Sanders’ Parole Issues work group. She is the Assistant General Counsel of the Republican Party of Arkansas, an adjunct professor of criminal justice in the UALR undergraduate Criminal Justice Department, and a certified arbitrator for the Little Rock office of the Better Business Bureau.
In addition to serving on the LAMP Committee of the Arkansas State Bar Association she is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and a member of the Board of Directors of Gaines House in Little Rock.
She is admitted to practice in Arkansas, California and the Eastern District of California Federal District Court. She is accredited by the Veterans Administration to represent Veterans before the VA Boards. A graduate of the University of Southern California she received her Juris Doctorate degree in Jurisprudence from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles where she was Parliamentarian of the Southwestern Student Government Association and Chair of the Student-Faculty Discipline Board. While practicing law in California she was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Commissioner on the California Board of Parole Hearings.