State of the South Conference


state-of-south1Save the date for the third annual
State of the South conference,
February 20-21, 2020!

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, the Center for Access to Justice hosted its second annual State of the South conference, bringing together scholars and practitioners from across the Southeast to discuss a timely topic in access to justice. The focus for 2019 was on the relevance of technology for low-income people interacting with the justice system in the South. Panelists explored 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


If you missed the conference or want to revisit what you heard, you can view the recorded sessions by clicking on the panel title(s) below.

Keynote: Rebooting Justice (click title to view recording)

Benjamin Barton gave the 2019 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.


Utilizing Technology to Close the Civil Justice Gap (click title to view recording)

But Is It Working? Assessing the Impact of Technology with Joyce Raby, Executive Director, Florida Justice Technology Center (click title to view recording)

21st Century Tools for the Criminal Justice System (click title to view recording)

Technology and A2J in Practice: Obstacles and Opportunities (click title to view recording)


Special thanks to our sponsors


Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
Davis Bozeman Law
Troutman Sanders LLP

To learn more about our inaugural conference and watch the recorded panels from 2018 >>