Caple Gift to Fund Upgrade for Arkansas Law Review's Office Space

Tracey and Steve Caple at the 2019 Towers of Old Main event.
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Tracey and Steve Caple at the 2019 Towers of Old Main event.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas School of Law alumnus Steve Caple of Dallas says the Arkansas Law Review is a publication that is close to his heart. He and his wife, Tracey, are pledging $100,000 to support the renovation of the Arkansas Law Review office space in the School of Law and provide students with needed upgrades to the facility. Their gift counts toward Campaign Arkansas, the university’s $1.25 billion capital campaign to advance academic opportunity at the U of A.

Steve Caple, a Dallas native, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas–Dallas before coming to the University of Arkansas School of Law.

“I enjoyed my experience in Fayetteville very much,” Caple said. “It was a formative period in my life, and I developed lifelong friendships with many of my classmates. My legal training enabled me to accomplish much more than I expected would be possible in my career, and I find the value of my education increases as the law school continues to innovate and raise its profile.”

Thanks to the Caples’ gift, the Arkansas Law Review space will be named in their honor and undergo a needed renovation, from a design by former Dean Stacy Leeds and Randy Thompson, director of the Robert and Vivian Young Law Library and IT Services.

“With this gift, we hope to be supportive of the School of Law,” Steve Caple said. “My fellow editorial board members and I devoted a tremendous amount of time to the Arkansas Law Review when we were students, and it is very close to my heart. When Tracey and I learned of other planned renovations, we thought the Law Review space should receive a similar upgrade. Tracey and I are excited to see how our gift will benefit students when the work has been completed.”

The Arkansas Law Review publishes relevant scholarship on notable domestic and international issues to elicit informed discussions and provide intellectual and practical assistance to members of the legal community. Published quarterly, the Arkansas Law Review is an established part of the legal community in Arkansas and is cited and relied upon by lawyers and courts throughout the nation.

“The Caples are great champions of the law school,” said Dean Margaret Sova McCabe. “They recognize that law school is a pivotal time in a person’s life, and the experience shapes students’ lives long after graduation. This gift speaks to the influence law school and the Arkansas Law Review had on Steve. We are grateful that their gift will allow current and future students to have a high quality Law Review experience.”

Steve Caple is president of Unity Hunt Inc., the parent company for the Lamar Hunt family’s holdings. Tracey Caple is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has adopted the University of Arkansas as her other favorite school. She is a merchandise buyer for the Army and Airforce Exchange Service.

The Caples are members of the Chancellor’s Society and recognized in the Towers of Old Main, a giving society for the university’s most generous benefactors. Steve Caple also serves on the Campaign Arkansas School of Law committee.

About Campaign Arkansas: Campaign Arkansas is the ongoing capital campaign for the University of Arkansas to raise private gift support for the university’s academic mission and other key priorities. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.25 billion to support academic and need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, new and renovated facilities, undergraduate, graduate and faculty research, study abroad opportunities and other innovative programs. The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide spectrum of disciplines as it works to fulfill its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource and catalyst.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 2.7 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Jennifer Holland, director of development communications
University Relations
479-575-7346, jholland@uark.edu

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