The Civil Justice Research
Initiative explores, through interdisciplinary, academically-based
and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made
more available to everyone seeking relief.


Rank of the united States among 113 countries in “accessibility and affordability of civil justice.”


Number of people in the United States living with civil justice problems, many involving basic human needs like housing, health care and custody of their children.


The percent of the civil legal problems reported by low income Americans for which they received inadequate or no legal help.


Federal Court Records Users Could See $100 Million in Refunds

A proposed settlement would end class action litigation over overcharging for court files. Read the news here. 


Impact Fund Class Action Conference 2024, Thursday – Friday, February 22 – 23, 2024 (San Francisco & webinar)

Each year, the Impact Fund hosts this invitation-only event to bring together leading plaintiffs’ class action practitioners to discuss important new developments, share knowledge and ideas, and develop strategies for the future. The Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to connect and forge relationships with like-minded advocates across the country.

Conversations on Civil Justice: How to Evaluate a Case, Friday, February 23, 2024, 1-1:30 P.M. Pacific Time (Webinar)

What are the most important considerations in evaluating potential civil litigation? How do litigators and litigation funders assess cases differently? Please join us for a discussion of case assessment and evaluation with Roman Silberfeld, National Trial Chair of Robins Kaplan, LLP, and Allison K. Chock, Director, Omni Bridgeway Management (USA), LLC, for a discussion of the issues from their different perspectives. Presented with support from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.


Civil Litigation as a Tool in a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report Civil Litigation as a Tool in a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence, authored by Robert S. Peck, Jonathan Corn, and Sanjana Manjeshwar. Read the paper here.