Entries by Amy Dunn Johnson

AATJ Foundation Board Member Receives 2012 Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award

Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation Board Member Lori Chumbler is the 2012 recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award, the Association announced earlier this month.  The award is given each year in recognition of commitment to and participation in equal justice program for the poor, including pro bono efforts through legal services programs. […]

Arkansas Access to Justice Co-Sponsors Report on Evolving Role of Law Libraries

The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission is among a group of co-sponsors of a report recently released by Zorza & Associates on the evolving role that law libraries play in improving access to the legal system for unrepresented individuals.  The report, issued in late April, urges law libraries to consider broadening their missions to more proactively address […]

Arkansas Access to Justice to Receive $2 Million from Consumer Protection Settlement Proceeds

The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission will receive $2 million as part of a multi-state settlement with five of the country’s largest banks over allegations related to abuses in the mortgage finance industry. The Arkansas Attorney General’s office announced the news on Thursday, and funds distributed to the Commission will be used to provide access […]

Shane Bridgforth Named Jefferson County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Attorney and Pine Bluff native William McShane “Shane” Bridgforth has been selected the 2011 Jefferson County VOCALS Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, according to VOCALS Pro Bono Coordinator Donna Ramsey.  The Volunteer Organization for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services awards the honor each year to an attorney who demonstrates outstanding commitment to providing […]

Arkansas Celebrates National Pro Bono Week 2011

Arkansas attorneys and law students will celebrate National Pro Bono Week beginning October 24, 2011, with a series of events that will include the provision of free legal services to first responders. The celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country’s most vulnerable citizens. Events throughout the week will […]

Clinton School Student Completes Study on Self-Represented Litigation in Arkansas

Clinton School student Chanley Painter recently partnered with the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission to examine the prevalence and impact of self-representation in Arkansas civil courts. The project involved gathering and analyzing data from county courthouses and developing and conducting a state-wide survey of Arkansas circuit court judges, culminating in a detailed final report describing the […]

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Medical-Legal Partnership Launches

June 17, 2011 – A press conference at Arkansas Children’s Hospital today announced the kick-off of a Medical-Legal Partnership between Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Wal-Mart, Arkansas’s legal aid providers, and members of the Arkansas Legal Community. Speakers included Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck, and Jeff Gearhart, VP and Senior Legal Councel for […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Issues Order Permitting Out-of-State Attorneys to Provide Pro Bono Services in Arkansas

In response to a petition that the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission filed in February, the Arkansas Supreme Court has handed down an order that permits attorneys licensed in other states who are not admitted in Arkansas to provide pro bono services to low-income clients under the sponsorship of a legal aid services provider that serves Arkansas […]

Retiring ALSP Director Reflects on Former Commission Chair Goldner’s Tenure

Henry Ward Beecher was a leading Congregational minister and author who, like his sister Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a fervent abolitionist. He possessed a beautiful globe depicting the various constellations and stars of the heavens. Robert Ingersoll visited Beecher one day and asked “who made it?” Beecher, seeking the opportunity to attack his friends agnosticism […]

Walmart Announces Donation and Pro Bono Program

On November 18, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a joint gift of $115,000 to the Arkansas Access to Justice Campaign. The generous gift is the largest donation in the history of the campaign.  $75,000 of that amount will be used for the provision of civil legal services to low-income Arkansans.  “On average, it costs our legal aid […]