Former Arkansas Access to Justice Commissioner and Foundation Board Member Nate Coulter was honored at the June 2016 Arkansas Bar Annual Meeting with the Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award. The Arkansas Bar Foundation annually issues the award to an individual in recognition of their commitment to and participation in equal justice programs for the poor, including pro bono efforts, through legal services programs.
Over the course of his career, Coulter has played a major role in shaping the access-to-justice movement in Arkansas. In 2000, he convened and invited leaders in the Arkansas bar, bench, law schools, and other stakeholders to speak at the first symposium on the legal needs of low-income Arkansans and access to justice in Arkansas. This event resulted in the creation of an Arkansas Bar Association task force that petitioned the Arkansas Supreme Court for the creation of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. After the petition was granted, Coulter served on the Commission for eleven years. During his tenure, he was involved in initiatives to increase funding for civil legal aid and improve access to the civil justice system for all Arkansans.
Coulter has also demonstrated his commitment to access to justice through his service to other organizations. He has served as a member of VOCALS since 1987, and on the board of directors of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation (formerly Arkansas IOLTA Foundation) board from 2002 to 2016.
Coulter currently serves at the Director of the Central Arkansas Library System.