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News Posted on May 11, 2017

Professor Pruitt Publishes Op-ed in The National Law Journal

Professor Lisa R. Pruitt published an op-ed in The National Law Journal regarding the need for better access to justice in rural America.  Co-authored with Amanda L. Kool, a Lecturer at Harvard Law School, the article notes that poverty, the opioid epidemic, and the health care crisis are disproportionately rural problems, and rural areas also face a shortage of lawyers who could effect change.

“We need a steady pipeline of capable and committed lawyers, judges, and lawmakers in all 50 states,” Pruit and Kool write. “Even lawyers who will never step foot into rural America must better understand the roles that geography, culture, and politics play in federal policies. The future of our democracy truly depends on it.”

Lisa R. Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor at UC Davis School of Law, is a scholar whose recent work explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity.  Pruitt's work also considers rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.