Ensuring Equal Access to Justice in Maine’s Rural Communities Symposium

Join the Maine Law Review in Waterville on April 26-27, 2019 for a symposium focused on access to justice and healthcare in rural Maine. This symposium is presented in partnership between Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law.

Maine is over 60% rural, and its rural communities are facing a well-documented lawyer shortage. While some work is underway to address this vexing problem, the absence of legal representation remains a constant challenge to the quality of life experienced by all communities. To respond, we will engage in a holistic discussion about access to services in rural areas, including civil legal and healthcare services as well as criminal law reform.

Keynote Address

  • Lisa Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, will present the keynote address. She is a national expert on the intersection of law with rural livelihoods.

Featured Speakers:

  • Professor Maybell Romero, Northern Illinois University Law School
  • Professor Nicole Huberfeld, Boston University School of Law and Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor Hannah Haksgaard, University of South Dakota School of Law


  • Criminal Justice in Maine’s Rural Communities
  • Ensuring Access to Justice in Maine’s Rural Communities
  • National Panel on Access to Justice Issues
  • Legal and Political Issues in Rural Healthcare

This event is free, but registration is required. 8.25 ME CLE credits (7.0 general, 1.25 ethics) will be provided. For additional information and to register visit: mainelawcommunity.org/2019-rural-symposium.