Lisa Pruitt

Lisa Pruitt is a law professor and scholar who has established a new sub-discipline in legal scholarship—one that explored rural-urban difference in relation to how people engage law and the state. Pruitt’s central premise was that law and legal scholarship has become metro-centric and that most lawyers and law professors, along with many judges, knew little about rural people and places and how they differed from what had become the implicit urban norm. Pruitt has since brought a ruralist lens to myriad legal topics, among them abortion access, substance abuse, termination of parental rights, domestic violence, access to justice, health and human services, and indigent defense. Her work can be found on the blog, Legal Ruralism.