A University of Mississippi law professor was killed Tuesday morning in an accident on Interstate 40 in Conway County, Arkansas.
According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Richard L. Barnes, 58, 100 Leighton Road, Oxford, MS, was driving a 2011 model Subaru 25P east on I-40 when his vehicle crossed the median and struck a westbound Kenworth tractor-trailer. Barnes died at the scene at the 117-mile marker about 9:38 a.m.
The driver of the truck was not hurt. He was Varun Sharma, 25, of Mareno Valley, CA.
The weather was clear and the road was dry. It was not determined whether Barnes wore a seat belt.
Barnes was selected as the “Outstanding Professor of the Year” 2006-07 and received the ”Faculty of the Year” award at Ole Miss in 2007-08. The “Outstanding Professor of the Year” award is decided by vote of the Law School Student Body and is given to recognize outstanding service and contributions to the students.
Barnes practiced law in Tucson, Arizona before serving on the faculty at the University of South Dakota and Brigham Young University . A member of the faculty since 1989, he taught contracts, secured transactions, commercial law, and Federal Indian Law. He had been acting director and resident director for Cambridge Summer Sessions.
Barnes was born in Arizona . His interests in agriculture and Indian Law stemmed from his Cherokee grandparents and his early years on an Arizona farm. He published 19 articles, essays and other pieces in legal periodicals.