CJRI | Access to Justice Colloquium: Rebecca Sandefur

Monday, January 24 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

The Civil Justice Research Initiative welcomes Rebecca Sandefur, Professor at ASU's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics to present, "Access to Justice and Regulatory Reform."

Around the country, states are experimenting or exploring experimenting with changes to rules about who can make money from the practice of law and who can deliver legal services directly to the public. A common rationale is that these changes will expand access to justice.  This presentation will review some of these developments and the empirical evidence about their potential and achieved impact on access to justice. Spoiler alert: these changes are early and the evidence base is thin.  However, future architects of these efforts can benefit from some of the lessons already learned, if their goal is indeed expanding access to justice. 

Please note that due to current campus guidance regarding COVID-19, this event will be remote only.


About Rebecca Sandefur

Rebecca L. Sandefur investigates access to civil justice from every angle -- from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. She is Professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Access to Justice Research Initiative.  

Her public service includes her appointment by the Supreme Court of Utah to the state's Office of Legal Services Innovation, her role as Co-Vice Chair of California's Closing the Justice Gap Working Group, and her appointment by the Supreme Court of Arizona to the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice. 

In 2013, Sandefur was The Hague Visiting Chair in the Rule of Law. In 2015, she was named Champion of Justice by the National Center for Access to Justice. In 2018, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work on inequality and access to justice. In 2020, she received the National Center for State Court's Warren E. Burger Award. She is currently Editor of Law & Society Review.  

About the CJRI Access to Justice Colloquium

Civil legal problems are increasingly prevalent in everyday life, but access to information, expertise, and assistance in resolving these problems remains uneven. The UCI Law Civil Justice Research Initiative welcomes several leading scholars whose research addresses various dimensions of the access to justice crisis.

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Students, Alumni, General Public, Faculty, Staff



Centers, Civil Justice Research Initiative
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