Jamila Michener is an associate professor of Government and Public Policy at Cornell University. She is Associate Dean for Public Engagement at the Brooks School of Public Policy, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) research initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program. 

2022 Justice Forum
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Asheville, NC
Reception 5:30 pm
Forum 7:00 to 8:00 pm
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The Forum is free to attend (in-person or via live-stream) thanks to our generous sponsors. Registration is required.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jamila Michener is our 2022 Justice Forum speaker. She is currently a professor at Cornell who studies poverty, racial inequality, and public policy and is also the author of Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. While the discussion at the Justice Forum will be broad-ranging, Dr. Michener will explore the implications for politics, power and democracy when we have a civil legal system that is impacting people’s daily lives in ways that are profoundly unequal.

This year, we are excited to return to an in-person Justice Forum at the Wortham Center, with an option for live-streaming for those that prefer to join us virtually.

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About the Justice Forum
Pisgah Legal’s 12th annual Justice Forum will be held in-person at the Wortham Center in downtown Asheville. The pre-event reception will be mainly outdoors (weather permitting) and the Justice Forum will take place in the Wortham Center auditorium. All applicable COVID protocols will be followed. There will be an option for live-streaming for those that prefer to join virtually. We host this event each year to call for justice and to generate honest conversation about pressing local and national issues. This year’s Forum focuses on the intersection of poverty, power, and public policy. Pisgah Legal’s poverty law experts provide legal services to address socio-economic issues such as homelessness prevention, adherence to safe and healthy housing codes, domestic violence protections, and access to healthcare and basic needs.

Thanks to our Sponsors




Blossoms Creative
Celine & Co Catering
Lenoir-Rhyne Equity & Diversity Institute
North Carolina Justice Center
Sarah Corley – MediationWorks
Cassie Dillon
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Kerry and Anna Friedman
LeNoir Medlock – Preferred Properties of Asheville

HunterKemper Consulting
Leah Broker Law
Sheppard Insurance
Town and Mountain Realty
Pat and Ed Argue
Elizabeth Liddell Button
Vera Clay
Pat Deck
Lori Gilcrist, Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County
Linda and Chris Greensfelder
Peter Hawes
Julie and Bob Johnson
Julie and Fred Northup
Lauren Sowers – Compass Mediation + Consulting