MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Spotlights Access To Justice Field

For decades, the subject of legal aid, pro bono efficacy, alternatives to traditional representation and other legal access issues has suffered from a dearth of scholarship.

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RJ Vogt
October 28, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School


More recent access to justice-related MacArthur grants have gone to Jonathan Rapping, the founder of a public defender training program called Gideon’s Promise, and Matthew Desmond, who published the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” and serves as principal investigator of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab.

While those fellows dealt with specific aspects of the access to justice world, such as criminal law reform or tenants’ rights, Sandefur’s award is a milestone for a social scientist who’s devoted her research to the broader issue of how low-income Americans access the civil justice system.