Rural Law and Policy Series

Rural Law and Policy
Spring 2021


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This seminar series is the first step in a wider effort to facilitate more robust engagement—across disciplines—around the difficult questions facing rural America. Is there such a thing as rural identity? Should policymakers engage with rural people and places in distinct ways? What is owed to rural America and who owes it? What, if anything, do rural areas owe and to whom? What is the future? And, where is law and policy in all of this?  

This series is open to any interested scholars, community leaders, or practitioners in relevant fields. All seminars are held virtually and begin at noon CST. To join us, please register in advance so that we can share timely instructions for each Zoom connection.

Questions? Feel free to contact Anthony Schutz or Jessica Shoemaker.


January 27, 2021
Lisa Pruitt
Lisa Pruitt
UC Davis School of Law

Road to Ruralism

February 9, 2021
Adam Calo
Adam Calo
The James Hutton Institute (Scotland)

The Yeoman Myth: A Troubling Foundation of the Beginning Farmer Movement

February 25, 2021
Maybell Romero
Maybell Romero
Northern Illinois University College of Law

Rural Public Defenders

March 15, 2021
Emily Pfifogle
Emily Prifogle
University of Michigan Law School

Racial Boundaries across the Heartland's Legal Landscapes in the Twentieth Century

April 5, 2021
Ezra Rosser
Ezra Rosser
American University Washington College of Law

Reclaiming Authority over the Land: Creating Space for Economic Growth on the Navajo Nation

April 22, 2021
Loka Ashwood
Loka Ashwood
University of Kentucky

The Mid(burden): Courtroom Battles Over the Right-to-Farm in the Heartland

Brought to you by The Rural Reconciliation Project at the University of Nebraska College of Law. 
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