The Justice Report

September 2013

Thanks to Our Recent Donors!
The individuals, firms, and companies listed below have recently donated to Arkansas Access to Justice, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, or Legal Aid of Arkansas.
  • Charles Auer
  • Judge Kathleen Bell
  • Lori Chumbler
  • Christy Conrad
  • Brad Crawford
  • Jim Gresham
  • Hamlin Dispute Resolution, LLC
  • Heather Hersh
  • Ann Hudson
  • Robert Irving
  • Heidi Jamison
  • Mike Johnson
  • Elizabeth King
  • Michael Loggains
  • Brian Miles
  • Ralph Montrone
  • Rev. Vic Nixon
  • Michael C. O'Malley 
  • Marshall Prettyman
  • Amy Pritchard
    Ken Reeves 
  • Richard F. Richards
  • Lee Richardson
  • Frank Sewall
  • Robert S. Shafer
  • Beth Shoupe
  • Kim Smith
  • David Solomon
  • James D. Sprott
  • Judge Bentley E. Story
  • Tyson Foods
  • University of Arkansas Student Bar Association
  • Andrea Walker
  • Kathleenya Willis
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Arkansas IOLTA and Arkansas Access to Justice Foundations to Merge

The Arkansas Supreme Court has approved a petition requesting approval of a merger of the Arkansas IOLTA Foundation and Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation. The merged organization will be called the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation.


In granting the petition, the Court also adopted conforming amendments to Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct and section 28 of the Procedures Governing Professional Conduct.  The merger and amendments will take effect on January 1, 2014.


The merger will not affect IOLTA accounts, which will retain the same tax ID number.  Interest earned on lawyer's trust accounts will be managed by the IOLTA Program of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation. Read more about the merger here.

Kelly Olson and Amy Johnson to be Honored at Bowen Luncheon

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission member Kelly Browe Olson and Commission Director Amy Dunn Johnson will be honored at the Bowen Law School's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on October 18, 2013. Olson is to receive the Faculty Excellence Award of Service, and Johnson will be recognized as the Outstanding Alumna for Public Service. 


For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Arkansas to Celebrate Pro Bono Week October 20-26
Join us in celebrating National Pro Bono Week here in Arkansas by volunteering to help veterans and families of Arkansas Children's Hospital with basic estate planning documents, by promoting a "Just Jeans" casual Friday at your office, by attending an open house at a local legal aid office, or by submitting a short "iPro Bono" video clip telling us why you volunteer.
To find out more about how you can participate, donate, or honor the difference that Arkansas pro bono attorneys make in the lives of their clients, in their communities, and for our system of justice, click here
About Us
Nearly one in five Arkansans qualify to receive free civil legal services, yet nearly half of the 30,000 Arkansans who call for help each year are turned away because our two nonprofit legal aid providers lack the resources to serve them.


Our mission is to coordinate statewide efforts to ensure that all Arkansans have a fair opportunity to be heard in court in civil matters. We work with a variety of other partners who share our vision, and together, we undertake innovative projects to accomplish this mission. 


This newsletter provides periodic updates on the work of Arkansas Access to Justice, legal aid, our pro bono partners, and the Arkansas IOLTA program.


Thank you for your interest in our work.




Amy Dunn Johnson

Executive Director, Arkansas Access to Justice


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