Expanding the Empirical Study of Access to Justice

Wisconsin Law Review, Forthcoming

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2282498

20 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013

See all articles by Catherine Albiston

Catherine Albiston

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Rebecca L. Sandefur

American Bar Foundation; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Sociology; University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: June 20, 2013

Abstract

Access to Justice (A2J) research is in the midst of a renaissance. A new crop of evaluation studies have joined a broader body of contemporary research investigating the delivery of legal services and public experience with civil justice. A growing number of stakeholders regard this new research with serious interest.Like any renaissance, to be fruitful this one must include important rediscoveries alongside theoretical and empirical innovations. At this moment of tremendous promise and opportunity, we call for an expansive research agenda drawing on what we already know from more than thirty years of sociolegal research. We call for a research agenda that steps back from lawyers and legal institutions to explore not only whether existing policies are effective, but also how current definitions and understandings of access to justice may blind policy makers to more radical, but potentially more effective, solutions.

Keywords: Access to Justice, Civil Justice, Empirical Research, Sociolegal Studies

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Albiston, Catherine and Sandefur, Rebecca L., Expanding the Empirical Study of Access to Justice (June 20, 2013). Wisconsin Law Review, Forthcoming; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2282498. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2282498

Catherine Albiston

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

Rebecca L. Sandefur (Contact Author)

American Bar Foundation ( email )

750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
2173336100 (Phone)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Sociology ( email )

702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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