Content relating to the history of civil and defender legal aid in Rural America.

Persons & oral histories

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Jonathan Asher -- Longtime Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services who was on many ABA committees and also special counsel to LSC President Helaine Barnett. ABA Leader, LSC Board/Staff, NLADA Board/Staff, Reggie, and SCLAID Board/Staff
Eric Avildsen -- Innovative longtime director of Vermont Legal Aid. Developed custom case management system. Previously with Central Mass Legal Services. NLADA Board/Staff
Kelly Carmody -- Worked in numerous state and national organizations supporting civil legal aid and related issues, including KY, TN, DC, and AZ. Arizona-based consultant who improved recruitment and retention of civil legal aid staff. ATJ Commission Board/Staff
David Hall -- Directed the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for 42 years after starting his career with the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the Rio Grande Valley. National leader on migrant labor issues. In Memoriam
Nan Heald -- Executive Director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine during 1990 – 2022. Guided innovative work on technology, veterans, foreclosures, debt collection and other issues. In Memoriam
Neil McBride -- Directed Rural Legal Services of Tennessee. Following a consolidation became general counsel to larger organization.
Lois Wood -- Director of Lincoln Legal Assistance in East St. Louis, Illinois. Board member of national Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG).

Cases: Federal

Selected key federal cases originating in Rural America.

Cases: State

Selected key state cases originating in Rural America (future content; suggestions welcome).

Organization histories

Histories of Rural America state and local legal aid organizations (submissions welcome).

Other publications

Other publications relating to Rural America.