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Making Justice Accessible: Survey

We invite you to participate in a project identifying sources of existing data on legal services and people with civil justice problems. We have created a brief survey that we are sending to participants in the civil justice field to find and catalog existing information. We invite you to take the survey and also to share it with other stakeholders.

This data cataloging effort is part of an important project of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Making Justice Accessible: Data Collection and Legal Services for Low-Income Americans. The project grew out of a 2015 Academy symposium on the state of legal services for low-income Americans. Symposium participants—including federal and state judges, legal scholars, and social scientists—agreed that the legal community does not have enough reliable and accessible data to be able to understand and address adequately the scope and nature of the crisis in legal services. They strongly felt that the American Academy, with its diverse membership and its history of successful data efforts in other areas, could be a valuable partner in these efforts.

The survey’s goal is to identify existing sources of information about legal services and public experiences with civil justice problems in order to create an evidence-base for understanding and informing future policy decisions. Thank you in advance for your interest and help with this project. We’d also like to recognize and thank Lisa Foster and David Udell for their help in creating the survey. Please contact John Tessitore ( or Julian Kronick ( at the American Academy with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please visit to complete the brief survey.


John Mark Hansen
Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor,
University of Chicago

Rebecca Sandefur
Associate Professor of Sociology and Law,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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