Symposium 2023: Overlooked America: Addressing Legal Issues Facing Rural United States

Friday, February 17, 2023

Recording of the Symposium available here. CLE Materials available here.

7.5 CLE Credits approved by the Virginia Bar Association.

This Symposium was held in person at the Jepson Alumni Center on the University of Richmond’s campus . An in-person livestream option was available in the Moot Court room for Richmond Law faculty and students only.


The University of Richmond Law Review held an in-person symposium entitled “Overlooked America: Addressing Legal Issues Facing Rural United States.” Presentations focused on specific legal issues facing rural communities as well as the urban-rural divide. Topics included access to justice in rural America, water resources in indigenous communities, the coal industry’s degradation of Appalachian communities, electoral system reform to enhance rural representation, Virginia-specific policy recommendations, and a panel of esteemed authors and litigators discussing pharmaceutical companies’ roles in perpetuating the opioid epidemic in the region.



8:15 a.m. – Check-In & Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks | Anthony F. Pipa
9:00 a.m. – Rural America as a Commons | Ann M. Eisenberg
10:00 a.m – Enhancing Rural Representation Through Electoral System Diversity | Henry L. Chambers
11:00 a.m. – Those Who Need the Most, Get the Least | Andrew Block & Antonella Nicholas
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Duped by Dope | Bryson T. Strachan
1:00 p.m. – Opioid Litigation Panel | Eric Eyre; Paul Farrell, Esq.; Patrick C. McGinley; & Rick A. Mountcastle, Esq.; Moderated by Carl Tobias
2:00 p.m. – Water Resources and Climate Equity | Rebecca Tsosie
3:00 p.m. – With a Wink and a Nod | Patrick C. McGinley
4:00 p.m. – Rural Bashing | Lisa R. Pruitt & Kaceylee Klein
5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks & Reception