Access to Justice and Legal Practice in Rural America

Access to Justice and Legal Practice in Rural America

Ms. Amanda Kool
Spring 2020 reading group
T 5:00pm - 8:00pm
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will provide students with a multi-faceted lens through which to consider increasing access to justice issues in rural America, identify policy, cultural, and market forces that contribute to rural legal needs, and explore resultant opportunities for innovation in the legal profession. We will approach our reading and discussion through the lens of this central question: what roles are lawyers currently playing – and what roles should they be playing – in meeting myriad legal needs in rural communities throughout the United States?

In order to better understand and contextualize this complex landscape, readings will examine a variety of topics at the intersection of law and rurality. For example, we will study substantive legal issues commonly experienced by rural people and the ways in which those issues and related laws intersect with rurality, including health, consumer, employment, and criminal law issues, as well as skyrocketing and disproportionate rates of incarceration in rural communities. We will also scrutinize varying definitions and understandings of rurality and their real-world consequences; the roles of geography, class, and culture in addressing rural justice gaps; and recent, innovative initiatives to address rural legal needs.

Note: This reading group will meet for four three-hour sessions on the following dates: 2/4, 2/25, 3/24, 4/14

Drop Deadline: February 5, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Criminal Law & Procedure, Procedure & Practice, Disciplinary Perspectives & Law, Legal & Political Theory, Legal Profession, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility