sovereign immunity

Pulaski County Courthouse

Arkansas LEARNS Act again on hold following court ruling

BY: and - June 30, 2023

A Pulaski County judge has again struck down the emergency clause of the LEARNS Act, halting implementation of the governor’s signature education law for a second time.  Judge Herbert Wright issued an order Friday that states the law’s emergency clause was not enacted pursuant to the Arkansas Constitution, which requires a separate roll-call vote garnering […]

The Arkansas Judiciary Justice Building in Little Rock. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

5 years later, Arkansas sovereign immunity ruling looms over LEARNS litigation

BY: - June 7, 2023

In a decision almost five years ago, the Arkansas Supreme Court concluded that Arkansans could not sue their state government in “her own courts,” overturning two decades of precedent and sending Arkansas’ legal community into a frenzy. That decision, in The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, is now inextricably […]