On May 29-30, 2012, 150 representatives of the the legal, medical, education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors convened to develop strategies for how the legal system can address issues that perpetuate poverty. Co-hosted by the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission, Clinton School of Public Service, and the UALR Bowen School of Law, the conference gave participants a hand in shaping future directions for the Commission’s work.
Small workgroup discussions were the conference’s centerpiece. A total of ten groups met, each discussing one of seven topic areas, including housing, hunger, and access to education. Each group examined multidisciplinary approaches to key issues that correlate strongly with poverty and developed specific recommendations. Those recommendations will provide a foundation for the Commission as it develops a strategic plan for the delivery of legal services in Arkansas.
In the meantime, we are providing on this site all materials that came out of the conference, including a compilation of the workgroup recommendations. Please also feel free to check out pictures, videos, speech transcripts, and links to media coverage from this inspiring two-day event.
Thank you again to our participants, speakers, and sponsors for making Representing Hope: New Paradigms for Access to Justice a successful conference!
Our original conference materials and transcripts are available below so that our conference agenda, speaker bios, and other event information can be accessed.