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ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program

The American Bar Foundation (ABF), in partnership with The JPB Foundation, is committed to building the field of access to justice research and creating a network of access to justice scholars. The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program will bring together cohorts of faculty scholars in order to support their research, mentor their progress, and build intellectual relationships needed to grow the access to justice field. By facilitating the translation of research into practice, the program will generate more effective approaches to improve justice for all.

The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program expands empirical access to justice scholarship by encouraging scholars to engage with this burgeoning research field. The program will bring together two cohorts of six Faculty Scholars serving overlapping 15-month terms.

The Director of The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program is ABF Faculty Fellow Rebecca Sandefur. Professor Sandefur founded the ABF’s Access to Justice Research Initiative and received a 2018 MacArthur “Genius” grant for her work on access to justice.

Learn about the 2020-21 Access to Justice Faculty Scholars. 

About the Partners 

The American Bar Foundation is a Chicago-based, independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes.  

The JPB Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.  





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