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Michele Statz

ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholar 2021-22

Michele Statz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth and affiliated faculty with the University of Minnesota Law School. Michele is trained as an anthropologist of law, and her research examines how socio-spatial dimensions of rurality influence access to justice, rights mobilization, and the efforts of tribal and state court judges in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. This research has appeared in Law & Society ReviewHarvard Law & Policy Review, and American Journal of Public Health and is generously funded by the National Science Foundation’s Law and Science Program. Michele’s other work includes interdisciplinary and mixed-media projects on global youth and mobility; reproductive justice; and public interest immigration lawyering. Her first book, "Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S." (Vanderbilt U Press), was published in 2018. Statz holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Washington.

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