Arkansas Access to Justice Staff

Amy Johnson - Executive Director

Amy Johnson

Executive Director

B.A. Psychology, Hendrix College
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
Phone: (501) 492-7172  |  Fax: (501) 682-9415
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Amy is an attorney, nonprofit executive, and community leader who focuses her efforts on empowering low-income families to overcome systemic barriers that cause and perpetuate poverty. As the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s Executive Director, she coordinates statewide efforts to ensure that all Arkansans have access to the civil court system to seek redress for legal issues affecting basic human needs. Amy also staffs the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation and Arkansas IOLTA Program, which engage in resource development and grantmaking initiatives to support the objective of increasing access to justice. She currently serves on two national boards: the National Association of IOLTA Programs and Management Information Exchange.

In addition to her work in the legal sector, Amy is an advocate for initiatives that promote health. She is a founding board member of Harmony Health Clinic, a free health clinic that serves low-income uninsured residents of Pulaski County, and she also serves on the board of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Amy previously served on the boards of Little Rock Community Mental Health Center, Reach Out and Read Arkansas, and as Vice Chairperson and inaugural member of the Arkansas Commission for the Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Initiative. In 2012, she was one of ten national recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Hendrix College, where she graduated cum laude with distinction. In 2002, she earned her Juris Doctorate with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Amy has been recognized as a Hendrix College Distinguished Young Alumna (2010), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2012), a recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Lawyer Community Legacy Award (2013), as UALR William H. Bowen School of Law’s Outstanding Alumna for Public Service (2013) and Alumna of the Decade (2016), and The Marie Interfaith Civil Leadership Award (2015).

Amy is married to David Johnson and they have three daughters.

Erin Jacobson - Executive Assistant

Erin Jacobson

Executive Assistant

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission & Foundation
B.A. Psychology & Criminology, The Ohio State University
Phone: (501) 492-7176
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Erin currently provides executive support and coordination for the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, and has been doing so since October 2011.

Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology at The Ohio State University, where she graduated in June 2005. She has a well-rounded background with experience in several fields, including community safety and crime prevention, mental health care case management and direct service, as well as corporate customer service and relations.

Erin was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Little Rock in April 2011. She has two sisters who also live and work in Little Rock.

Jordan Rogers - Program Coordinator

Jordan Rogers

Program Coordinator

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission
B.S., Management, summa cum laude, Arkansas State University
J.D., cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law
Phone: (501) 492-7174
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Jordan is an attorney who joined the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission in September of 2016 as Program Coordinator. His work at the Commission is focused on promoting awareness and use of limited scope representation, providing resources to encourage attorneys to practice in rural Arkansas, and increasing participation in the pro bono and modest means panels of Arkansas’s legal aid providers.

Prior to joining the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, Jordan served as a Justice for Arkansans Legal Fellow with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. In this position, he represented clients in a variety of housing cases and other civil cases. He also presented legal education events across Central and Southeast Arkansas to inform low-income and vulnerable populations of their legal rights. Jordan’s professional experience has also included providing training on expungements and organizing expungement clinics.

Jordan is a native Arkansan and enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking throughout the Natural State.

Frances Oakes - IOLTA Program Manager

Frances Oakes

IOLTA Program Manager

Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation

B.A., Organization Management, Philander Smith College

Phone: (501) 492-7173  |  Fax: (501) 682-9415
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Frances joined the Foundation’s IOLTA Program in December 2012. Prior to that, she was the Application Support Manager at the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts for the Arkansas Court Automation Project. She has also previously worked as the Supervisor of Business Process for Alltell Communicatinos and as a Budget Analyst for AT&T.

Frances earned her B.A. in Organizational Management from Philander Smith College, where she graduated cum laude.

Sarah Purtill - Statewide Planning & Evaluation AmeriCorps

Sarah Purtill

Statewide Planning & Evaluation AmeriCorps

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission
B.A., Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy, University of Connecticut
Phone: (501) 492-7188  |  Fax: (501) 682-9415
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Sarah Purtill is serving her second term as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Arkansas Access to Justice. Prior to joining the team at AATJ, Sarah served with a public health nonprofit in her home community. Here, she piloted and evaluated community health initiatives that are currently employed in low-income communities across the state. She has interned in the legal division of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and has managed casework in areas of housing, immigration, and consumer protection as an intern for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Sarah earned her B.A. degrees in Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut. She also completed undergraduate work at the University of Nottingham in the U.K., and with an academic employment program in Antigua, Guatemala. She plans to attend law school next fall.

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