Innovations in Bridging the Justice Gap in Rural America

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About the Webinar

Access to justice is not just for people living in big cities. There are substantial opportunities for justice innovations in rural places. Listen to experts explain the data, the resources, and new technology to assist rural people and communities.

Faegre Baker Daniels Pro Bono Manager Monica Fennell will moderate this panel as it examines the access to justice gap in rural America, looking at data on legal needs and legal resources, particularly in relation to the courts. The panel will delve into innovative technology and programs for bridging the justice gap while debunking myths about rural America.

Amanda Kool, Director of Legal Operations for the Kentucky Commercialization Center and co-founder of the Alliance for Lawyers & Rural American (AFLARA), will explain the complexities of legal deserts, legal resources, opportunities and needs in the rural United States.

Heather Kulp, Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the New Hampshire Judicial Branch, will cover innovations in technology and court processes, including text reminders of court hearings and online dispute resolution.

Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Melissa May will address programs that send law students to smaller communities to work for judges.


  • Monica A Fennell


  • Amanda L Kool
  • Heather Scheiwe Kulp
  • Melissa S May