Since the founding of the American Bar Foundation, ABF scholars have been deeply engaged with fundamental questions of access to justice.
The Access to Justice Research Initiative is a dynamic hub for innovative empirical research and programs that bridge the divide between access to civil justice scholarship and practice in the United States and around the world.
Led by ABF Faculty Fellow and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca L. Sandefur, the Initiative aims to develop and raise the profile of the field of access to civil justice, supporting empirical scholars through the ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program and identifying and developing global research and data on people-centered justice through the Justice Data Observatory.
The Access to Justice Research Initiative also produces original research and scholarship that informs our basic understanding of law and legal processes and serves as a resource for civil justice researchers, policy makers, and service providers as they seek to respond to the legal needs of the public today.
The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program brings together small cohorts of faculty scholars to support their research, mentor their progress, and foster the relationships between research, policy, and practice needed to grow the access to justice field.
The Justice Data Observatory (JDO) works to identify and develop a collective global research and data agenda on people-centered justice, with key participation by researchers and practitioners in the Global South.
The Access to Justice Research Initiative produces new knowledge and scholarship that informs our basic understanding of law and legal processes and serves as a resource for policy makers and service providers as they seek to respond to the legal needs of the public today.
Michele Statz, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Matthew Burnett, Senior Program Officer for the Access to Justice Research Initiative at the American Bar Foundation; and Nikole Nelson, Executive Director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part… Read More