The first Law & Society Review issue of 2021 (Volume 55, Issue 1) will feature Michele Statz, PhD and her research article, “On Shared Suffering: Judicial Intimacy in the Rural Northland.” Dr. Statz, an anthropologist of law and assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Biobehavioral Health, focuses her research inside Northland courtrooms of rural Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Her research displays the intimate relationship that judges from these communities share with their litigants and demonstrates the hardships endured by both judges and their litigants due to the consequences of rural legal deserts, absent health, social services and depressed local economies.   

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