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The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation to Present CLE Program on Access to Justice

July 21, 2014, Press releases


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ABF Faculty Fellow Rebecca Sandefur will anchor program at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston

CHICAGO, July 21, 2014 – The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation will host a CLE program, “Accessing Justice in Contemporary America: Findings from the Community Needs and Services Study,” featuring ABF Faculty Fellow Rebecca Sandefur. The August 8 research seminar is one of several events hosted by The Fellows during the 2014 American Bar Association Annual Meeting.  

In addition to Professor Sandefur’s ABF appointment, she is Associate Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Sandefur will report on findings from a new survey of the civil justice experiences of the public, conducted in a mid-sized Midwestern city. The findings provide a contemporary picture of Americans’ experience with civil justice situations, few of which are taken to lawyers or resolved in courts.

“Rebecca Sandefur’s Community Needs and Service Study promises to be pathbreaking in our understanding of access to justice in American communities,” said ABF Director Robert Nelson. “This seminar will provide one of the first glimpses of project results. The commentators on the panel include some of the nation’s leading policymakers working on this critical topic.”

Commentators participating in the program include Helaine Barnett (Past President, Legal Services Corporation, 2004-09; Chair, Chief Judge’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York; Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University Law School), Retired Justice Earl Johnson (University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Western Center on Law and Poverty), , Mary Ryan (Partner, Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP; Chair, ABA Standing Committee for Pro Bono and Public Service), and James Sandman (President, Legal Services Corporation).

The CLE program is free for anyone registered for the ABA Annual Meeting. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for CLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.  For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program

Event details:

WHAT:           Fellows CLE Research Seminar
WHEN:           Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:30am –10:00am 
WHERE:        Sheraton Boston
                        5th Level
                        Riverway Room
                        39 Dalton Street
                        Boston, MA 02199

For event information contact or call 800-292-5065.

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. Primary funding for the ABF is provided by the American Bar Endowment.


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