Summaries of Randomized Control Trials in the US Legal Profession

Melissa Gayton was a 2018-19 Special Projects Assistant with the Access to Justice Lab and is a graduate of Harvard College. In 2016, James Greiner and Andrea Matthews published an essay analyzing randomized control trials in the US legal profession. In the article, they defined randomized control trials as those that meet five criteria: They Read more about Summaries of Randomized Control Trials in the US Legal Profession[…]

Ready, set, launch…Court Date Reminders in a Public Defense Setting

The Access to Justice Lab has started a new study to learn whether text message communication between arrestees and their public defenders can reduce failure to appear (FTA) rates, improve attorney-client relationships, and avoid unnecessary incarceration. Failure to appear at trial is often a reason that policymakers give for incarcerating people before their trial date. Read more about Ready, set, launch…Court Date Reminders in a Public Defense Setting[…]

A2J Lab Webinar: Evaluation and Research in Law

Are you considering evaluating a project but don’t know where to start? Have you ever been curious about what you can learn from different evaluation methods? April Faith-Slaker and Matthew Stubenberg have put together a great introductory webinar that describes different evaluation options. The 45-minute video, designed for members of the legal profession, gives a Read more about A2J Lab Webinar: Evaluation and Research in Law[…]

Explore divorce evaluation results with a new interactive tool

Melissa Gayton is a Special Projects Assistant with the Access to Justice Lab and a student at Harvard College. In 2018, the A2J Lab completed a study with the help of the Philadelphia VIP and the Philadelphia Family Court on the accessibility of divorce in Philadelphia. The study randomized low-income people seeking a divorce into Read more about Explore divorce evaluation results with a new interactive tool[…]

Ready, Set, Launch…AmeriCorps in Legal Aid (Montana)

We’re live in Montana! Our collaborators at Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) have worked hard with April Faith-Slaker over the past several months to design an evaluation of their AmeriCorps non-lawyer advocacy program. This newest evaluation adds a lot of firsts for the A2J Lab: the first study focusing on a primarily rural location, the Read more about Ready, Set, Launch…AmeriCorps in Legal Aid (Montana)[…]

New guide for plain language in law

Speaking and writing with clarity is a core need for communication. In all professions focusing on improving access to justice, this concept is woven throughout our work as a key element to enabling our constituencies, clients, and users to understand process and obligations. Work to make language easier to understand is particularly important in the Read more about New guide for plain language in law[…]

Coding for Lawyers

We had a great turnout at our Coding for Lawyers session at this year’s Innovation in Technology Conference (ITC) held in New Orleans. Taught by A2J Lab researcher Matthew Stubenberg and Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice/Technology Fellow William Palin, the session went into the details of what’s inside the software and platforms that lawyers Read more about Coding for Lawyers[…]

Access to justice issue of Dædalus available free online

If you’re looking for some good reading this week, we’ve got you covered. The current issue of Dædalus, a publication of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is entirely focused on how the U.S. can address the access to justice gap. The first-ever open access issue of the journal, the publication includes twenty-four essays that cover a Read more about Access to justice issue of Dædalus available free online[…]

The TN Social Work in Public Defense Study Has Launched!

April Faith-Slaker has been on the road this past week launching the Lab’s newest field operation. Working closely with a group of collaborators throughout Tennessee, April has over the past eight months co-developed and now launched an evaluation of the impact of a holistic defense approach that includes social workers on the public defense team. Read more about The TN Social Work in Public Defense Study Has Launched![…]