Stephen Daniels is a Senior Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on law and public policy, legal education, and the various aspects of the American civil justice system. He has written on law school curriculum and financing, trial courts, juries, plaintiffs' lawyers, and the politics of civil justice reform – including the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, and punitive damages. He is co-author (with Joanne Martin) of Tort Reform, Plaintiffs’ Lawyers, and Access to Justice. (University Press of Kansas: 2015). He has testified before congressional and state legislative committees on the subject of civil justice reform, and served as an expert in cases dealing with large jury awards and/or constitutional challenges to civil justice reform. Daniels also maintains a long-standing interest in teaching courses related to law and policy and especially courses on the Supreme Court and constitutional law.
Daniels is now working on two projects. The first examines questions surrounding the financing of legal education. Supported by a grant from the Access Group, this research builds on his work as the reporter/consultant to 2014-15 American Bar Association Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education. The second examines questions surrounding the increasing interest in licensed legal professionals as means of promoting greater access to justice.