State of the South Conference


On Friday, Feb. 8 from 8:30am to 4:00pm, the Center for Access to Justice will host its second annual State of the South conference, which brings together scholars and practitioners from across the Southeast to discuss a timely topic in access to justice. This year’s focus is on the relevance of technology for low-income people interacting with the justice system in the South. We plan to explore the innovative ways in which practitioners are making use of technology in both the civil and criminal contexts, and the obstacles that stand in the way of fully developing and deploying technological solutions to narrow the justice gap.

State of the South 2019

  • When: Reception Thurs., Feb. 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Conference
    Fri., Feb. 8 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Where: Reception in Catherine Henson Atrium; Conference in Knowles Conference Center, Lower Level
  • Lunch provided to registered attendees

Attorneys will have the opportunity to earn 5 hours of general CLE credit in Georgia.

We hope you will also join us for the opening reception Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the College of Law.



Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Barton will give this year’s keynote address. Barton is the Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee and the co-author of Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law. In Rebooting Justice, Barton argues that we should be using technology and procedural innovation to simplify and change judicial process itself. Rather than assume parties will have a lawyer, the system should streamline complex procedures and operate on the assumption that parties will appear unrepresented. Only then can we begin to begin to create a justice system that controls costs and provides meaningful access to low- and moderate-income litigants.



Featured Speakers

Utilizing Technology to Close the Civil Justice Gap

21st Century Tools for the Criminal Justice System

Technology and A2J in Practice: Obstacles and Opportunities


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To learn more about last year’s conference and watch the recorded panels >>