Yesterday, Research Director Chris Griffin spoke with three other Harvard scholars as part of a HUBweek 2017 panel sponsored by the Berkman Klein Center: Programming the Future of AI: Ethics, Governance, and Justice. The four debated the promises and perils of using computer models and algorithms to guide legal decision-making. The Boston Globe‘s article about the Read more about Law, AI, and Justice[…]
The Financial Distress Research Project hit a milestone this week. Our hardworking staff just randomized case number 100! And this is just the beginning. The study will continue over the next two years to randomize cases and will eventually have over one thousand study participants, generating one of the richest data sets ever used to Read more about Happy 100th, FDRP![…]
The blog has been on a brief hiatus, but we’re back with some great news! The Center on the Legal Profession (of which the Lab is proud to be a part) publishes The Practice, a bi-monthly magazine featuring topics of interest to practitioners. If you’re looking for an engaging read over the weekend, you should Read more about A2J Lab featured in The Practice[…]
As of yesterday, September 5, a new A2J Lab study is in the field at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in downtown Boston! Together with our partners at the Boston Court Service Center (“CSC”) and the Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”) of the Boston Bar Association, we are evaluating (via RCT, of course) whether self-help materials can make a difference Read more about The Lab’s New Guardianship Service of Process Study Has Launched![…]
Our first RCT studying the Public Safety Assessment (“PSA”), the pre-disposition release assessment tool developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, is well underway in Dane County, WI. Madison is far from the only place the PSA currently is in use; this recent piece from the Planet Money podcast highlights the implementation of the Read more about Public Safety Assessment Featured on NPR’s Planet Money[…]
TOP 10 A2J RESEARCH PRIORITIES: #7 Criminal Release and Monitoring The Top Ten is back! This video series describes what we consider to be the top 10 access to justice research priorities. The quick 2-3 minute videos will wake you up and get you excited about the ways that experimentation, research, and (of course) RCTs Read more about TOP 10 A2J RESEARCH PRIORITIES: #7 Criminal Release and Monitoring[…]
We’re back with our Top 10 A2J Research Priorities YouTube series! #6 on the list is “court forms.” As a reminder, we at the Lab have come up with a list of what we consider to be the top 10 access to justice research priorities. This list will be published weekly on our YouTube channel, Read more about TOP 10 A2J RESEARCH PRIORITIES: #6 Court Forms[…]
Those of you who live in Greater Boston (and in other crowded urban areas across the globe) know just how hard finding affordable housing can be under the best of circumstances. Losing one’s housing on short notice makes the situation much, much harder. […]
We’re back with our Top 10 A2J Research Priorities YouTube series! #5 on the list is “inducing action.” As a reminder, we at the Lab have come up with a list of what we consider to be the top 10 access to justice research priorities. This list will be published weekly on our YouTube channel, in quick 2-3 minute videos Read more about Top 10 A2J Research Priorities: #5[…]
Today’s guest post comes from two Harvard Ph.D. students in Public Policy and Economics, respectively, Helen Ho and Natalia Emmanuel. Helen and Natalia are affiliates of the Lab and have been working on their own randomized control trial (“RCT”) focused on failures to appear (“FTAs”) for arraignments. If you’ve been following our blog you might have read about FTA in connection to the Pre-Trial Release Study underway in Dane County, WI. Helen and Natalia’s study focuses specifically on interventions to reduce FTA. This post is a first in a two-part series describing their study.
Take it away, Helen and Natalia!