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.


5.1B People Lack Access to Justice, Landmark Report Finds

For the first time ever, a collection of world leaders and justice advocates have quantified the challenge facing the United Nations’ stated goal of ensuring equal access to justice for all by the year 2030.


The Gender of Gideon

This program will feature a discussion of recent research by Kathryn A. Sabbeth and Jessica K. Steinberg, suggesting that the constitutional guarantee of counsel adopted by the Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainright accrues largely to the benefit of men.  With Qudsiya Naqui, an Officer with the Civil Legal System Modernization Project at Pew Charitable Trusts, as Discussant.

Friday, November 19th, 10:00 AM Pacific Time



The Civil Jury: Reviving An American Institution

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report on The Civil Jury: Reviving An American Institution, authored by Richard L. Jolly, Valerie Hans and Robert S. Peck.  Read the paper here.