Sessions Information

  • January 3, 2018
    3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
    Session Type: AALS Discussion Groups
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: N/A
    Room: Pacific Ballroom Salon 26
    Floor: North Tower/Ground Level


    In these days of increasing inequality and changing federal funding priorities, the wellbeing of the nation’s most vulnerable population is particularly at risk. Numerous studies have confirmed what everyone knows: that people living in poverty have unmet legal needs. We in the academy and legal profession are not alone in this realization. Thanks to media interest in legal issues many students enter law school with a sense of where justice is lacking and with images of what it means to “do” justice. Meanwhile, in March, 2017, President Trump announced his budget blueprint, which slashes funding to a range of social service and education programs, including the elimination of all funding to the Legal Service Corporation (“LSC”). Threats to LSC’s funding have been an issue for the last 20 years, with notable Congressional budget cuts during several administrations. Whatever happens to Trump’s current budget proposal, cuts to legal services are very much on the horizon and must be addressed. This Discussion Group will use short presentations and moderated discussion to consider how technology, television, and Trump impact our understanding of, and response to, the access to justice crisis.

Session Speakers
Organization: Seattle University School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: City University of New York School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Discussion Group Moderator

Organization: University of North Carolina School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: The George Washington University Law School
Discussion Group Moderator

Organization: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: The University of Michigan Law School
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Elon University School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of California, Irvine School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Session Fees

Fees information is not available at this time.