During the 2010 annual meeting of the Arkansas Bar Association, Chief Justice Jim Hannah and incoming Arkansas Bar Association President Jim Julian urged Arkansas lawyers to fulfill their obligations under Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. These obligations include handling 50 hours of pro bono work each year and contributing financial support to legal aid programs in Arkansas.
“We as an association must take the lead in addressing this challenge,” said Mr. Julian. “We must assure that those in need can have access to justice in Arkansas. We can do that by supporting the work of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.”
Below, we have posted videos of the portions of Chief Justice Hannah's and Mr. Julian's speeches in which they discuss the status of access to justice efforts in Arkansas. The Access to Justice Commission is extremely grateful to Chief Justice Hannah and Mr. Julian for their leadership in addressing the justice gap in Arkansas.
Chief Justice Jim Hannah
"Contrary to the fear and concern expressed by a few, this work [access to justice] is not about encouraging or enabling members of the public who could otherwise secure the paid services of an attorney to represent them. Rather it seeks to make available an array of tools and programs which better enable our citizens to access the legal advice and services they need."
Arkansas Bar President Jim Julian
"You have heard two or three times at this bar association meeting about our obligations under the model rules of professional conduct: 50 hours of pro bono service per year. If we all made that commitment, access to justice would not be the concern that it presently is. As individuals and collectively, we can make a difference in the lives of so many people who are in need. Donate your time; donate your talents. Make a difference in this area."