Lisa R. Pruitt
Lisa R. Pruitt is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall). Her scholarship is about the intersection of law with rural livelihoods, considering a range of ways in which rural places are distinct from what has become the implicit urban norm in legal scholarship. Pruitt reveals, for example, how the economic, spatial, and social features of rural locales profoundly shape the lives of residents, including the junctures at which they encounter the law. A significant portion of Pruitt’s work focuses on rural poverty. Another (and related) portion focuses on gender issues in rural contexts, including intimate partner violence, termination of parental rights, and access to abortion. Professor Pruitt has also written extensively about Article 14 of CEDAW, which enumerates particular rights for rural women. Pruitt challenges the association of the rural with the local by revealing the ways in which rural lives and rural places are enmeshed with national and global forces, including legal ones. Pruitt’s most recent work is about poor and working class whites and their near invisibility in legal scholarship.
Professor Pruitt earned her B.A. (1986) and J.D. (1989) degrees from the University of Arkansas, and she was awarded a PhD (Laws) from the University of London in 1997, where she studied as a British Marshall Scholar. Prior to joining the law faculty at UC Davis, Pruitt practiced law in the London office of the law firm, Covington & Burling. She also previously worked as a gender consultant for the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda and as a legal assistant at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 1992-93. Pruitt is a fifth-generation native of the least densely populated county in Arkansas and a first-generation college graduate.
Law Stretched Thin: Access to Justice in Rural America - Featured Address by Lisa R. Pruitt
Lisa R. Pruitt delivered a featured address to the symposium attendees, titled "Law Stretched Thin: Access to Justice in Rural America." Pruitt's talk discussed challenges faced by rural attorneys in providing legal services, as well as obstacles that rural Americans face in seeking legal services. Pruitt's focus placeed these challenges facing rural law practice within the larger context of access to justice issues. South Dakota's Project Rural Practice was discussed, among other programs and unique solutions, both at the local level and internationally. To access Professor Pruitt's Selected Works page, click here.
Co-Presenter Bradley Showman
Bradley Showman is a 2014 J.D. Candidate at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Bradley earned a B.A for Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in 2007. Prior to law school, Bradley spent four years working full-time in the nonprofit sector. He dedicated one year of direct community service as an AmeriCorps program volunteer in Boston, and spent three years organizing community service programs, planning non-profit development, and evaluating nonprofit programs in both urban and rural areas of Northwest Ohio. Bradley’s goal coming to law school was to affect the public good through the legal system.