Access to Justice in Rural Arkansas

8 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2015  

Lisa R. Pruitt

University of California, Davis - School of Law

J. Cliff McKinney II

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Juliana Fehrenbacher

University of California, Davis

Amy Dunn Johnson

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission & Foundation

Date Written: April 28, 2015

Abstract

This policy brief, written for and distributed by the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, reports two sets of data related to the shortage of lawyers in rural Arkansas. The first set of data regards the number of lawyers practicing in each of the state’s 25 lowest-population counties and the ratio of lawyers per 1,000 residents in each of those counties. This data is juxtaposed next to the poverty rate and population of each of county.

The policy brief also reports the results of a survey of Arkansas lawyers and law students, the latter from both the University of Arkansas Fayetteville Law School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock/Bowen School of Law. These surveys probed respondents’ attitudes toward rural practice, among other matters. The policy brief reports a summary of those responses. Finally, the policy brief reports on a 2015 legislative proposal aimed at alleviating the shortage of lawyers serving rural Arkansans.

This policy brief is a forerunner to a fuller, academic analysis of these and other data sets relevant to the geography of access to justice in Arkansas. That analysis will appear in an article that will be published by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal (forthcoming 2015). The authors anticipate that these investigations in Arkansas may provide a model for other states concerned about the shortage of lawyers working in rural areas.

Keywords: Legal profession, legal education, lawyers, geography, rural, urban, access to justice

Suggested Citation

Pruitt, Lisa R. and McKinney, J. Cliff and Fehrenbacher, Juliana and Johnson, Amy Dunn, Access to Justice in Rural Arkansas (April 28, 2015). UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 426. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600274 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600274

Lisa R. Pruitt (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

J. Cliff McKinney II

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC ( email )

111 Center St
# 1900
Little Rock, AK 72201
United States

Juliana Fehrenbacher

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Amy Dunn Johnson

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission & Foundation ( email )

1300 West 6th Street
Room 110
Little Rock, AK 72201
United States

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