Three experts on rural justice will join ABA President Judy Perry Martinez to discuss problems of rural access to justice, especially in legal deserts, where lawyers are scarce.
The one-hour online webinar will coincide 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, produced by the ABA Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division. New to the report this year is a chapter on legal deserts, with maps 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"; in the 2018 Harvard Law & Policy Review.
• Lauren Sudeall, law professor at Georgia State University and a co-author of the Harvard article.