Former resident receives honor from Arkansas Bar Foundation


    LITTLE ROCK – Nashville native Nate Coulter recently received the Equal Justice Distinguished Service award from the Arkansas Bar Foundation.

    The award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of that person’s commitment to and participation in equal justice programs for the poor, including pro bono efforts, through legal services programs.

    During his career, Coulter has played a major role in shaping the access-to-justice movement in Arkansas. In 2000, he convened and invited leaders in the Arkansas bar, bench, law schools and other stakeholders to speak at the first symposium on the legal needs of low-income Arkansans and access to justice in the state.

    The event resulted in the creation of an Arkansas Bar Association task force that petitioned the state Supreme Court for the creation of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. After the petition was granted, Coulter served on the commission for 11 years.

    He was involved in initiatives to increase funding for civil legal aid and improve access to the civil justice system for allArkansans.

    Coulter has served with other organizations involved in promoting access to justice. He has been a member of VOCALS since 1987 and has been on the board of directors of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation from 2002 to 2016.

    He currently serves as director of the Central Arkansas Library System.

    Coulter graduated from Nashville High School in 1978. He was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1985.

    He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Arkansas Bar Foundation, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas NCCJ and JCA.