May 26, 2016

Lab Staff

D. James Greiner

Faculty Director


Jim Greiner is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In 1991, he obtained a B.A. with High Honors from the University of Virginia, which he maintains is the greatest place in the universe. From 1991 to 1992, he was a Rotary International scholar in the Dominican Republic. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Michigan Law Review. From 1995-96, he clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then practiced law for six years in Washington, D.C., three for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, and three for the law firm of Jenner & Block. In 2007, he obtained a Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of Statistics, joined the Harvard Law School faculty the same year, and was awarded tenure in 2012. His current research is entirely within and devoted to the A2J Lab.

Additional information: CV / ssrn page /email: jgreiner[at]



April Faith-Slaker

Associate Director of Research Innovations

April Faith-Slaker is a researcher and attorney whose areas of focus have included pro bono legal services, the juvenile justice system and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to working at the Lab, she served as Director of the Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives at the American Bar Association, where she worked to support the creation and expansion of state access to justice commissions. She also served as the managing editor for the Political and Legal Anthropology Review from 2007-2016. In a prior life, she lived in Nebraska, where she conducted program evaluation at Legal Aid of Nebraska and was a researcher at the University of Nebraska’s Center on Children, Families and the Law. April has an unusual concept of “fun” that has been known to include things like turning data into music and telling embarrassing stories about herself in front of large audiences.

Email: afaithslaker[at]


Christopher L. Griffin, Jr.

Research Director

Chris Griffin is the A2J Lab’s Research Director. He earned a B.S. in International Political Economy magna cum laude in 2002 from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. During the next two years, he read for the MPhil in Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford as an Allbritton Scholar. Chris worked from 2004 to 2007 as a Yale Law School postgraduate fellow and at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focusing on empirical law & economics and the economics of higher education, respectively. In 2010, he graduated from the Yale Law School, where he was an Editor on the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Chris then joined the Duke Law School faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor and taught at William & Mary Law School from 2012 to 2016. In addition to a passion for RCTs, Chris is a self-proclaimed film critic and is at the forefront of the meme-based pedagogical movement.

Additional information: CV / SSRN page / Email: cgriffin[at]


Sophie Laing

Research Associate and Financial Distress Project Manager

DSC06110Sophie recently graduated from Tufts University, with a B.A. in Political Science and French. Before joining the Access to Justice Lab, she worked as a research fellow with the Access to Justice Initiative of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and assisted at the Court Service Center at the Lawrence District Courthouse. In addition to access to justice issues, her interests include flip-flopping politicians and voter reactions- the subjects of her senior honors thesis.

Email: slaing[at]



Carole Mason

Program Administrator

Carole MasonCarole Mason is the Program Administrator for the Access to Justice Lab. Prior to joining the Access to Justice Lab, Carole worked as a faculty assistant at Harvard Law School for 20 years. While working at Harvard, she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Harvard University Extension School. She also holds a M.Ed. from Lesley College.

Email: camason[at]





Sandy North

Associate Director for Administration

Sandy NorthSandy is the Lab’s Associate Director for Administration. She earned a B.A. in history summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2005 and an MBA with honors from Boston University in 2012. Sandy has spent her career working in the nonprofit sector in both small social justice organizations and university settings, and she has a deep commitment to supporting evidence-based strategies for justice. She is also passionate about the history of social movements, using maps to inform social change, and the Boston Red Sox.

Email: snorth[at]



Erika J. Rickard

Associate Director of Field Research

ErikaWTieBefore joining the Lab, Rickard worked in the Massachusetts courts as the state’s first Access to Justice Coordinator, where she developed and implemented new policies and programs in the areas of language access, technology, and resources for self-represented litigants. She has represented state agencies in trial and appellate practice as an Assistant Attorney General, clerked for Justice Cynthia Cohen on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and worked as a judicial administration fellow in the California court system. If not for her passion for court administration and access to justice, she may have focused her energies on impressions of the “before” scenes in infomercials about the difficulties of plastic wrap. Because things should work for the people who use them. Like plastic wrap. And courts.

Rickard received her B.A. with honors from Mills College in 2005, and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010.

Additional information: CV / e-mail: erickard[at]