Associate Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships
Renee L. Danser is Associate Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships with the Access to Justice Lab. Ms. Danser obtained a Bachelor of Arts and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the Institute for Court Management Fellows Program in May of 2013 where her project was awarded the Vice President’s Award of Merit for Applied Research.
Ms. Danser began her career as a court manager when she chaired the multidisciplinary committee to unify the family court in Pittsburgh under the best practice principles of “One Judge/One Family”. Thereafter Ms. Danser began oversight of self-represented litigant services. Ms. Danser then went on to oversee all court operations as the Court Administrator for the 43rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania before transitioning to advocacy as the Deputy Director of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN). In that role she was responsible for connecting lawyers, judges, and allied professionals who are creating innovative and evidence-based solutions so that self-represented litigants have meaningful access to the courts and get the legal help they need.
Ms. Danser served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management (NACM) as the Membership Services Committee Chair and on the Executive Board of Directors and chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association. Ms. Danser was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Assistant Data Analyst
Jim Greiner is the Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public 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.
Ryan Halen is a Data Analyst at the Access to Justice Lab and a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Ryan’s research interests include political methodology and comparative politics, and his dissertation research focuses on the politics of economic inequality and redistribution. Ryan has worked on many academic projects that seek to leverage rigorous, empirical research and tech-based data analytics to better inform our understanding of and strategic approach to alleviating poverty and economic inequality. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys learning about theoretical physics, consciousness, and the experience of Time. This is a big hit at parties.
Associate Director of Research Innovations