Access to Justice Lab
at Harvard Law School

Our Vision

Imagine if lawyers, judges, and policymakers used rigorous evidence to design and run the U.S. justice system.

They could:
• enable far more people, especially those who can’t afford to hire lawyers, to access civil justice;
• make the criminal justice system fairer and more efficient; and
• promote the dignity and respect of individuals and families as they encounter the legal system.

The Access to Justice Lab creates and shares the rigorous evidence needed to make these transformations happen.

A Program of

Theory of Change:

Transforming the justice system by:
  • access-to-justice interventions and gold-standard, randomized evaluations

  • randomized control trials to find out what works for individuals and families in civil and criminal law

  • lessons learned and best practices to transform the system

  • current and future practitioners, scholars, and judges in research methods and results to increase capacity and support for rigorous empirical methods


Projects in the Field


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Study Participants

Latest news

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.

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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.

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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.

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Sophie Laing

Research Associate and Financial Distress Project Manager
Sophie 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.
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Carole Mason

Program Administrator
Carole 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.

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Sandy North

Associate Director for Administration
Sandy 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.
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Erika J. Rickard

Associate Director of Field Research
Before A2J, Rickard worked in the Massachusetts courts as the state’s first Access to Justice Coordinator, developing and implementing new policies and programs in the areas of language access, technology, and resources for self-represented litigants.
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