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Neva B. Talley-Morris, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Family Law, Decedent Estates Law, Guardianships Law Retired.


Talley-Morris, Neva Bennett was born on August 12, 1909 in Judsonia, Arkansas, United States. Daughter of John W. and Erma (Rhew) Bennett.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Ouachita College, 1930. Master of Education, University Texas, 1938. Postgraduate, University Texas, 1941.

Doctor of Philosophy in Law, World University, 1984. Doctor of Laws (honorary), International University Foundation, 1987.


Teacher high school, principal, White County, Arkansas, 1930-1942;student assistant, University Texas, summers 1937-1941;ordnance inspector war service appointment, United States Army Service Forces, 1942-1945;law office apprentice, private tutor, North Little Rock, Arkansas, 1950-1991;private practice law, Little Rock, 1947-1987;retired. Delegate, member program coordinating committee World Peace through Law Conference, Manila, 1977, member pre-biennial goals and planning committee, Madrid, 1977-1990. Program participant World Peace through Law Conference, Jerusalem conference, 1979, Brazil, 1981, Cairo, 1983.

Member commission on Client Security Fund, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1978-1982, chairman client security committee, 1980-1982. Member Arkansas Lawyers Committee for Appellate Court Justices, 1978. Chairman of Commission for Arkansas lawyer writing awards Arkansas Bar Association Foundation, 1981-1986.

Program speaker 12th Biennial Conference World Peace through Law, Berlin, 1985, Law of the World Conference, Seoul, 1987. Co-chairman Seminar on Family Law, Tokyo, 1987;invited delegate International Biographic Centre-American Biographical Institute International Congress, Singapore, 1988. Member bilateral panel World Peace through Law Conference, Beijing,1990.


  • Bar: Arkansas 1947, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1950.


Chairman Arkansas Council on Children and Youth, 1952-1954. Participant Peopleto People Program, citizen ambassador to Peoples Republic China, Beijing, 1985, 90, Tokyo, 1988. Program panelist, speaker Family Law Alternates, Seoul Conference, 1987.

Co-chairman Tokyo, Japan Seminar on Family Law, 1987. Invited delegate as fellow International Biographic Centre/Application Binary Interface International 15th Congress Joint Session for Biographical Institutions, Singapore, 1988. Program participant speaker Human Rights and World Peace Through Law, Washington, 1989.

Delegate for International Biographical Joint Congress with American Biographical Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, 1990. Fellow Arkansas Bar Foundation (board fellows), International Biographical Association, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers (governor 1974-1979), Phi Alpha Delta (honorary). Member National Association Women Lawyers (life, council delegate, president 1956-1957, president NAWLFound.

1958, Achievement award 1962, American Bar Association chairman family law secretary 1970-1971), Arkansas Association Women Lawyers (Outstanding Achievement award 1971, Outstanding Woman award 1989, program chairman 1977), Little Rock Association Women Lawyers, president 1950-1951), North Little Rock Business and Professional Women's Club (president 1951-1952), American Association of University Women (life), American Bar Association (member family law council since 1958, chairman family law section 1969-1970, house of deals, commission on late reports 1972-1973, commission on hearings 1973-1974, standing commission on memberships 1974-1980, certified of merit annual convention 1979, 80, judge Schwab legal essay contest 1980, senior division commission on alternates for dispute resolution since 1986), Arkansas Bar Association (Distinguished Service to Legal Profession award 1970, chairman family law reform committee 1960-1961, house of deals 1957-1958, 74-78, Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen award 1978), Pulaski County Bar Association (chairman commission on continuing legal education and programs 1978), World Association Lawyers (founding), American Judicature Society (certified of appreciation 1979), National Conference Lawyers and Social Workers (Executive Board 1962-1966, 70-74), Smithsonian Associations, Supreme Court of the United States Court History Society, Scribes-Legal Writers Association Alpha Delta (1st woman honorary) F C.


Married Cecil C. Talley, January 1, 1946 (deceased October 1948). Married Joseph H. Morris, March 22, 1952 (deceased December 1974).

John W. Bennett

Erma (Rhew) Bennett

Cecil C. Talley

Joseph H. Morris