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2020 Emroch Lecture Series: Access to Justice & Evidence-Based Law

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University of Richmond School of Law

203 Richmond Way

Richmond, VA 23173

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Richmond Law is delighted to welcome Jim Greiner on Wednesday, March 25. Professor Greiner is the Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law and Faculty Director of the Access to Justice Lab (A2J Lab) at Harvard Law School. The A2J Lab implements randomized field experiments to find out what works for individuals and families who cannot afford to hire lawyers, and it is the only entity in the United States that focuses on randomized control trials in the legal profession.

Access to Justice and Evidence-Based Law

Nearly everyone agrees that the United States has an access to justice crisis. But how should we address it? There are many proposed solutions to this crisis, but we don’t know which of these solutions will actually make a difference. In his talk, Professor James Greiner will discuss the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School, which aims to provide legal policymakers with credible evidence about proposed legal reforms, allowing them to implement solutions that will provide better access to justice for individuals and families. His lab uses rigorous empirical techniques and randomized control studies to study issues such as pretrial release, holistic criminal defense, expungement of criminal records, and debt collection. As he will argue, the time has come to transform U.S. law into an evidence-based field.

There is no cost to attend. Lunch will be served.

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