Erika Rickard is the Senior Officer of the new Civil Justice Innovation Initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts. Before joining Pew, she was a researcher at the Access to Justice Lab, which conducts rigorous research on access to justice and court administration at Harvard Law School. Rickard has worked in the Massachusetts courts as the state’s first Access to Justice Coordinator, developing policies, programs, and technology to improve access to justice for underserved communities. She previously represented MA state agencies in trial and appellate practice as an Assistant Attorney General, and served as a judicial clerk on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She has taught courses on Restorative Justice at Tufts University and 21st Century Legal Profession at Suffolk Law School.