Project

Making Justice Accessible: Designing Legal Services for the 21st Century

Overview

Designing Legal Services for the 21st Century gathered information about the national need for improved legal access, and curated the innovations piloted around the country to fill this need, in order to advance a set of clear, national recommendations for closing the justice gap—between supply and demand for legal services. The work undertaken builds on the research and analysis developed in the Data Collection and Legal Services for Low-income Americans project. 

The project provides a national overview of the crisis in legal services with a focus on four common categories of civil legal problems: family, health care, housing, and veterans affairs. By addressing these issues case studies within the larger context of legal services, the project identified practical recommendations and innovative approaches to address challenges specific to particular court systems as well solutions to problems that are common across the civil legal spectrum.

The related Winter 2019 issue of Dædalus, “Access to Justice,” explores what access to justice really means, enumerates the multiple parties and interests with a stake in equal access to civil justice, and educates the broader public about current efforts to deliver quality civil legal representation.

The project's final report, Civil Justice for All, released in September 2020, highlights effective initiatives and recommends nationwide steps to close the civil justice gap. 

People

People

Project Chairs
Project Group

Karl W. Eikenberry

U.S. Department of State
Ambassador and Lieutenant General (retired)
Academy Member

Risa L. Goluboff

University of Virginia School of Law
Dean; Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law; Professor of History
Academy Member

John Mark Hansen

University of Chicago
Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor
Academy Member

David Frank Levi

Duke University School of Law
Levi Family Professor of Law And Director, Bolch Judicial Institute
Academy Member

Lance Malcolm Liebman

Columbia Law School
William S. Beinecke Professor of Law, Director, American Law Institute
Academy Member

Judith Resnik

Yale Law School
Arthur Liman Professor of Law
Academy Member

Diane P. Wood

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Academy Member
Staff

John Tessitore

American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Senior Program Advisor
Publications

Publications

News & Updates

News & Updates

Events

Events

Outreach

Outreach

The Winter 2019 issue of Dædalus, “Access to Justice,” was discussed in the media and distributed at legal conferences and to members of the judiciary and policymakers. The issue was discussed in The New York Times, Slate, PBS NewsHour, Thomson Reuters, Judicature, and Law360. Copies were distributed to the Conference of Chief Justices and at a meeting of the chief circuit judges and circuit executives from the federal courts of appeals. A panel of Daedalus authors participated in a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and attended by over 30 Congressional staff and Rebecca Sandefur, Kenneth Frazier, Martha Minow, and David Rubenstein spoke about the issue at a book event in Washington, DC.