Upcoming webinar with Jim Greiner: Credible Measurements of the Socioeconomic Costs of Incarceration

Professor Jim Greiner on Credible Measurements of the Socioeconomic Costs of Incarceration Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12-1 PM (EST) Join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner for a webinar focusing on empirical research in criminal justice. The United States incarcerates a higher fraction of its population than any other country in the world. Recent trends, including the election of Read more about Upcoming webinar with Jim Greiner: Credible Measurements of the Socioeconomic Costs of Incarceration[…]

Guest Post: Rohan Pavuluri on Founding Upsolve

Today’s guest post is authored by Rohan Pavuluri, co-founder and CEO at Upsolve, a nonprofit that helps low-income families file bankruptcy for free using an online web app. The idea for Upsolve grew out of Pavuluri’s work as a research assistant at the Access to Justice Lab. The Access to Justice Lab does not endorse Read more about Guest Post: Rohan Pavuluri on Founding Upsolve[…]

Join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner in California this November

Friends on the West Coast, you have two opportunities to join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner this November. A Conversation with Jim Greiner Wednesday, Nov. 13 6 – 8 pm Knobbe Martens 2040 Main St., 14th Floor Irvine, CA 92614 Co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Association of Orange County and the Harvard Law Read more about Join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner in California this November[…]

The Final Stage Reentry Project

The Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School partners with Kansas Legal Services, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Pittsburgh-Area Law Schools on Criminal Record-Clearing Project in Kansas and Western Pennsylvania Kansas Legal Services, Inc. (KLS), Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the Duquesne University School of Law Civil Rights clinical program, and students and professors at the Read more about The Final Stage Reentry Project[…]

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[…]