Access to Justice Seeks Its Next Executive Director

Arkansas Access to Justice announces that its current Executive Director, Jordan Bates-Rogers will be departing at the end of 2023. “Leading Arkansas Access to Justice has been the greatest honor of my professional life. I would like to thank the Arkansas Supreme Court for its support of our work. With the Court’s support, Arkansas Access to Justice has rolled out a network of Courthouse Kiosks, provided funding for legal aid, and improved language access in our Courts. I look forward to continuing to improve the court experience for low-income people as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation.” said Bates-Rogers.

Arkansas Access to Justice seeks applicants to be its next Executive Director. Attorneys with a passion for public service are encouraged to apply. See the job description below for additional details.


Position Title: Arkansas Access to Justice Commission Executive Director

Description: The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission is seeking applicants for the position of Arkansas Access to Justice Commission Executive Director. The Executive Director provides executive leadership to the Commission and its sister nonprofit foundation, the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, including the Foundation’s Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts Program; works with the Arkansas judiciary, bar, law schools, and legal services programs to provide statewide leadership on behalf of the Supreme Court on issues surrounding access to the court system and legal services by all Arkansans, including implementation of Goal #2 of the Arkansas Judicial Branch Strategic Plan regarding the improvement of access to justice; organizes, directs, and coordinates activities and projects of both organizations, including their committees; acts as the Commission’s and Foundation’s liaison to related national organizations; supervises the Commission’s staff; and prepares and monitors the budgets of both organizations.

Position Requirements: Requires an Arkansas law license with a minimum of five years of experience working with or supporting legal services to the poor. Experience in nonprofit, fiscal, and staff management is strongly desired. Must have the ability to build productive professional relationships with staff, volunteers, and partner organizations. A successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking ability, as well as excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission Executive Director is eligible for State benefits, including participation in the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and group medical and life insurance. The position is graded GS13, and the salary is commensurate with experience within the range for that grade. A salary schedule is available here:

Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Melanie Fleming, Arkansas Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, 625 Marshall St, Little Rock, AR 72201, or Applications are due by the close of business on December 1st.