The workshop will provide a forum for a range of scholars to share and receive feedback on works-in-progress on any topic that addresses or investigates rurality and the law, including legal issues viewed through the lens of rurality, rural geographies or rural-urban difference. 

“Rural populations have unique legal needs and face particular challenges in accessing lawyers and navigating the law, said Hannah Haksgaard, J.D., assistant professor in the Knudson School of Law. “Law & Rurality is a growing scholarly field, and this workshop offers a unique opportunity for legal scholars to learn more about how the law interacts with rural issues.” 

Participants will be expected to read and comment on other works. At least one incubator sessions, where scholars can receive feedback on nascent ideas, is anticipated, and other thematic discussion sessions or topical excursions may be organized. 

There is no fee for the workshop, and the Rural Reconciliation Project at the University of Nebraska College of Law will sponsor all workshop events, including participant meals. Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses, but limited stipends, in the range of $400-$700 per participant, are available for those without travel support from their home institutions. 


If you are interested in workshopping an idea or an in-progress paper, please submit a title and abstract to Hannah Haksgaard at no later than Monday, Aug. 22. 

At the time of your title/abstract submission, please also communicate the following: 

  • Whether you plan to workshop an in-progress draft paper (however early stage) or prefer to present more briefly an idea only at an incubator session

  • Whether you intend to attend in-person or through a remote option

  • Whether you are requesting financial travel assistance and, if so, some brief context of the source and scope of your need 

Interested scholars are invited to attend, even without workshopping a paper or presenting an idea for future work. Those who wish to attend all or part of the conference – either as a general participant or as a commentator – should email by Aug. 22, 2022 with some background and context about their proposed engagement (i.e., in person or remote, as a formal discussant or general workshop member).

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