Stefan K. McBride, J.D.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law J.D. (2013)
UALR Law Review
Top Paper Recipient in Advance Legal Writing and Criminal Procedure
Southern Seminary, M. Div. (2008)
I was raised in a little town in East Texas called Redwater, which is between Texarkana and New Boston. As much as I would like to say that I knew I wanted to be a lawyer back then, I did not. Even if f I did not know it, though, everyone who knew me back then apparently predicted it because I never missed a chance to argue.
After college, I went to seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It sounds funny for a lawyer to say that, but I think the two fields are more complementary than people think. I never picked up any real fondness for bourbon or horse racing while in Louisville, but I did fall in love with Tom T. Hall and Wendell Berry.
I got married in 2008 to my wife Carman, for whom I am eternally thankful and about whom I cannot say enough good things. We have one son together, Warren, and I am pleased to report that he is more like his mother than me. Both he and his mother are a delight to me.
I graduated law school from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock in 2013. I enjoyed both law school and lawyering and have been practicing primarily family law in central Arkansas since I graduated. I also handle appeals.
Family law is gritty, practical, and important. It is not about lofty ideals or abstractions, and I love that. Everything that crosses my desk as a family lawyer is the most significant thing going on in a client’s life right then.
Lots of lawyers promise empathy, but I don’t. I don’t have to understand why something is important to you. I don’t need to feel what you feel. My job is to listen and then accept that if something is important to you, then it is important to me because I believe you.
I am a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, American Bar Association, and Pulaski County Bar Association. I am heavily involved in the Young Lawyer’s Division for the Arkansas and American Bar Associations. I am also a member of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of Arkansas, which is a practice group specifically committed to helping people resolve family issues without unnecessary conflict. You could probably say I am a “joiner.”
If you care about this sort of thing, I was on Law Review and had two top papers during law school. I also served as a research assistant to multiple professors.
I like to spend time with my wife and kid, which right now usually involves dirt or animals or puzzles. (For my kid, anyway.) If I have my druthers on a Saturday, I am with them cooking or working in the garden, listening to classic country music for as long as my wife will tolerate it.
Associations & Memberships
Arkansas Bar Association;
Chair-Elect of Young Lawyers Division
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association;
Collaborative Family Lawyers of Arkansas;
American Bar Association;
Christian Legal Society.
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man: Practical Thoughts on the UCCJEA;
Neither Mercenary nor Dictator: Unique Ethical Issues in Family Law.