• Access to Justice Scholar

Amy Widman

  • Access to Justice Scholar
ABF Researcher

Amy Widman is a Professor at Rutgers Law School where she teaches administrative law and torts. Her research focuses on increasing access to justice in administrative decision-making processes at the federal, state, and local levels. She has recently written on what administrative law can learn from the access to justice movement generally, the role of state administrative law judges in increasing access to justice in their hearing rooms, and best practices for federal agencies to identify and reduce burdens on the public. She is currently studying models for nonlawyer representation and other forms of increased assistance in federal agency decision-making processes.

Additionally, Widman worked as a law faculty fellow in the Office of General Counsel at the Office of Management and Budget in 2022 and as a consultant with the Administrative Conference of the United States throughout 2022-2024. She received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Research Focus

Widman will investigate representation in local administrative decision-making, specifically whether there is a difference in tasks performed when representatives are not lawyers, how participants view various types of representation, and the formality–or informality–of structures governing nonlawyer representation. The goal is to identify particular regulatory features and best practices that encourage agencies to build out assistance for the public and empower residents, while also strengthening agency legitimacy in the eyes of the public. This information is crucial for next steps toward expanding opportunities for assistance and representation in agency decision-making, strengthening trust in government process, and increasing the effectiveness of government agencies in carrying out their missions equitably.