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. 


Conversations on Civil Justice: Artificial Intelligence and Evidence, Friday, April 19, 2024, 1-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (webinar)

AI is changing the way civil litigation is practiced. What are the implications for the evaluation and presentation of evidence? Is the use of AI generated evidence consistent with the Rules of Evidence? This program will consider these questions by providing some technical background on AI and discussing some of the potential legal issues. Professors and Law and Technology experts Michele E. Gilman (University of Baltimore) and Andrew Selbst (UCLA) will be joining us as our featured speakers. Presented with support from the AAJ’s 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.