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Access Across America: First Report of the Civil Justice Infrastructure Mapping Project

Presented at the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Research presentation by Rebecca L. Sandefur, Senior Research Social Scientist, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

In the United States, access to civil justice for the indigent and other targeted groups is provided in a wide variety of ways. The first report of the Civil Justice Infrastructure Mapping Project describes, on a state-by-state basis, the fundamental access to justice infrastructure that exists in the United States today, with focus on the following five components: how services are delivered; how people can connect with access to civil justice resources; how access programs are funded; how access services are coordinated; and how ethical rules are changing to create new forms of civil legal assistance. Professor Rebecca L. Sandefur, Senior Research Social Scientist at the American Bar Foundation, will present findings from the first phase of the project, with a panel discussion to follow featuring other experts in measuring justice needs in the United States and Canada.

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Jonathan D. Asher, Executive Director, Colorado Legal Services, Denver, Colorado

Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Mary Stratton, Former Research Director, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, and member of the Research Team for the Alberta Legal Services Mapping Project, Edmonton, Alberta

Nye Thomas, Director of Strategic Research, Legal Aid Ontario, Toronto, Canada

The program was co-Sponsored by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the ABA Senior Lawyers Division, the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.

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