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.


The Decline of the Civil Jury Trial: Implications for Trial Practice

There has been a decline of the civil jury trial over the past few decades. From this trend, there are several implications that are noteworthy for trial practice.


Berkeley Boosts: Conversations on Civil Justice — Judicial Ethics and the Supreme Court   

Should U.S. Supreme Court justices be held to the same ethical code of conduct as other federal judges? Is legislation needed to increase the transparency and accountability of the Court? What would be the implications of such legislation? This program will feature Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, and Professor Amanda Tyler (Berkeley Law), an expert on the Supreme Court and author of “Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union” (2021) (with Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Topics will include the pending legislative proposal, “The Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act.”

Friday, October 14, 2022,  Webinar


Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases, authored by Anjali Niyogi, Hiroko Kusuda and Serena Chaudhry.  Read the paper here.