Access to Justice Month Kickoff 2023

October 5, 2023
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

October is Access to Justice Month in Arkansas. During October, we will be working with partner organizations to draw attention to the justice gap and ways that we can fulfill the promise of justice for all. At the Access to Justice Month Kickoff party we will be recognizing individuals and organizations who have provided outstanding levels of pro bono service.

This year, Access to Justice Month is extra special – it’s our 20th anniversary!  In 2003, the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission was formed. Since then, the Commission has undertaken initiatives to expand pro bono recruitment and participation, implement court assistance projects, effect changes to statutes and court rules that impact access to justice, educate the public about the need for civil legal aid, and increase financial resources available to provide legal assistance to low-income Arkansans.  Its success has been augmented by its sister organization, the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation. Together – and with your help – we represent hope for more than half a million low-income Arkansans who would otherwise have nowhere to turn for legal assistance.

We hope that you will join us in recognizing and celebrating the selected nominees at our annual Justice Month Kickoff party, as well as this 20 year milestone. This event will be a casual reception and will help us celebrate a month filled with opportunities for the legal profession to give back through pro bono service. The dress code for this event is business casual.

Regular tickets are $75 and law student tickets are $25. All tickets include two drink tickets and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There are also a range of sponsorships available.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Arkansas Justice Fund, which is our endowment designated to provide perpetual support for Arkansas’s legal aid providers.

Where? Club 27 (Directions)

Where is parking available? Street parking is available but very limited due to highway construction. We recommend parking in the parking garage located at Sherman & E 2nd. (Directions to parking garage)

When? October 5th, 2023  |  6:00 PM-9:00 PM

2023 Honorees

Hon. John Kearney

District Judge – Jefferson County District Court

Justice Robin Wynne Judicial Service Award

Devin Bates

Mitchell Williams Law Firm

Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Large Firm

Craig Campbell

Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure & Thompson, P.A.

Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Medium Firm

Jennifer O’Kelley

O’Kelley Law Firm, PLLC

Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Small/Solo Firm

Anita Farley

Dominion World Outreach Ministries

Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Non-Profit Organization

Virginia Vanegas

Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Law Student

Encore Bank

Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Banking Partner

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