Greening the Desert Publication

In Greening the Desert, the Deason Center brings a criminal justice lens to the phenomenon of legal deserts in STAR communities—vast areas with few, if any, practicing attorneys. The publication explores STAR criminal justice communities and describes strategies and initiatives to green these criminal law deserts.

Read Greening the Desert here.

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On September 16, 2020, the Deason Center hosted “Greening the Desert: Strategies to Recruit, Train, and Retain Criminal Law Practitioners for STAR Communities,” featuring panelists Kristen M. Kochekian, Dr. Lisa R Pruitt, and Ryan Anthony Reid. The discussion was moderated by Deason Center Director Pamela Metzger. Watch the webinar here:

Greening the Desert Webinar