Civil Justice - Focus on Innovation

America has a civil justice gap.
The difference between the number of people who need legal services for civil issues and the few who receive help of any kind is big and growing bigger. 

A publication issued by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Civil Justice for All, examines the civil justice gap and recommends a range of innovations including

  • Cultural and regulatory changes to allow non-lawyer civil justice advocates to assist in legal matters
  • More collaboration between the law and other professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and social workers
  • Simplification of legal forms and procedures
  • Adoption of effective technologies
  • More pro bono programs at private law firms and more

Read the full report with its seven overall recommendations here

Case studies highlighting innovative and effective approaches are here.

Learn about the Making Justice Accessible initiative here

Civil Justice for All - Innovation Committee

Elizabeth Chambliss (Cochair)
Henry Harman Edens Professor of Law; Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism, University of South Carolina School of Law

Andrew Perlman (Cochair)
Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School


Margaret Hagan
Director, Stanford Legal Design Lab

Ben Heineman, Jr.
Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Karen Lash
Director, The Justice in Government Project, American University

Mary McQueen
President, National Center for State Courts

Patrick Palace
Owner, Palace Law; Executive Council Member, National Conference of Bar Presidents

Rohan Pavuluri
CEO and Cofounder, Upsolve; Board Director, National Center for Access to Justice

Erika Rickard
Project Director, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Daniel B. Rodriguez
Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Tanina Rostain
Professor of Law, and Faculty Director, Institute for Technology Law and Policy, Georgetown University Law Center

Rebecca L. Sandefur
Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University; Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation

James Sandman
Distinguished Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School; President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation

Quinten Steenhuis
Senior Housing Attorney and Network Administrator, Greater Boston Legal Services

John Suh
CEO, LegalZoom

Jo-Ann Wallace
President and CEO, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

The report and recommendations are online.