In 2011, the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission convened for a day-long session during which Commission members met to review accomplishments since 2007 and to develop strategic priorities for the next three years. The planning meeting began with a discussion of the Commission’s accomplishments between 2004 and 2010, as well as pending projects. The current committee structure was also reviewed.
With the use of pre-meeting surveys, a structured brainstorming session, and Commissioner rankings, a set of five priorities was agreed upon. With the exception of one, all priorities corresponded to existing committees of the Commission. They were as follows: (1) Expand pro se self-help centers (Court Assistance); (2) formalize the resource development efforts of the Commission through the possible restructuring of the Legal Services Committee and the addition of a dedicated resource development staff position that would support the efforts of the Commission, the AATJ Foundation, ALSP, and the IOLTA Foundation; (3) develop an “eHarmony approach” to pro bono by developing a system for matching private attorney needs and interests with legal service needs (Pro Bono); (4) undertake a media/PR initiative to educate the bench, bar, and general public about the importance of access to justice (Education); (5) plan and execute another set of town hall meetings in each congressional district (Legislative).