Tony Hilliard: Legal Education on Church Issues

Anthony A. “Tony” Hilliard, President Elect of the Arkansas Bar Association and former Chancellor of the Arkansas Conference, believes the UMFA-sponsored annual gathering of United Methodist lawyers helps Arkansas lawyers, local churches and the Conference.

“It’s free CLE to help Methodist lawyers give free legal advice to their churches and the only continuing education I know of that serves Communion,” Tony said. “I find it interesting how many attorneys have known each other for years but didn’t know they were Methodist until Bill Waddell started this conference.”

In addition to earning free Continuing Legal Education credits, lawyers gain confidence in their ability to help their local churches and develop resources to call upon if they need help during the year. The 2016 event will be held in Little Rock on Thursday, September 15. Contact Katie Holley at if you are a United Methodist attorney interested in participating.

Tony is an active member of Asbury UMC in Little Rock where his wife, Rev. Mary Hilliard, is senior pastor. “I believe I’m the longest tenured itinerate lay UMC preacher’s husband in Arkansas,” he said.  They have two daughters and a granddaughter. He is a tax, probate and estate attorney for Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP in Pine Bluff.