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Friday, May 10 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Ensuring Access to Justice in Rural Areas

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What is "rural America"? And how can we ensure access to equal justice in these spaces? Recent scholarship and data on the rural access to justice crisis have drawn out lessons for the legal community, and increased national attention to the plights of rural communities drives momentum for initiatives that aim to address those plights. The panelists—all dedicated public interest attorneys and educators working on behalf of rural communities—will share the latest research on rural access to justice, discuss some challenges to providing for legal needs in rural areas, and highlight many innovations in rural practice—from criminal law to housing law—being tailored and implemented to address the legal needs of rural populations. We will focus particularly on the use of technology and legal education as catalysts for change.


Christopher Chavis

Program and Social Media Coordinator, Alliance for Lawyers and Rural America
Christopher Chavis is a rural legal researcher and writer who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Michigan State University College of Law, and is a current MPA candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill. Christopher is a native of Rowland, North Carolina and... Read More →

Amanda Kool

Director of Legal Operations, Commonwealth Commercialization Center
Amanda L. Kool is the Director of Legal Operations of the newly-formed Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), an innovative partnership between state government and Kentucky's public universities and colleges to provide centralized resources to support the growth of new companies... Read More →

Heather Scheiwe-Kulp

Court Administrator, Claremont District Court

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 7