WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 – Three experts on rural justice will join American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez on July 28 to discuss problems of rural access to justice, especially in legal deserts, where lawyers are scarce.
The one-hour online webinar coincides with the release of the 2020 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession, an annual compilation of statistics and trends among lawyers, judges and law students. New to the report is a chapter on legal deserts, with maps and charts showing where lawyers are abundant and where they are rare in all 3,141 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
The panel will include:
- ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, a New Orleans attorney, will moderate.
- Patrick Goetzinger of Rapid City, S.D., former president of the South Dakota State Bar Association, who helped create Project Rural Practice in South Dakota
- Lisa Pruitt, law professor at the University of California, Davis, and lead author of “Legal Deserts: A Multi-State Perspective on Rural Access to Justice,” published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review in 2018
- Lauren Sudeall, law professor at Georgia State University and a co-author of the 2018 Harvard report
The program will be from 11 a.m. to noon ET on Tuesday, July 28, on Zoom. Registration is required to attend.
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