In the United States and around the world, the ability to understand the law and obtain its protection — Access to Justice — often makes all the difference in enabling families to stay together, save their homes, secure safety from harm, and even preserve their liberty. The National Center for Access to Justice, located at Fordham Law School, is the national organization using data to accomplish change that assures access to justice.
- The Justice Index – The Justice Index relies on data to support the expansion of access to justice across the country. The Justice Index has been recognized by the American Bar Association with its Pro Bono Publico Award. See an overview here and the ABA’s video here.
- Research – In Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers & Funders, NCAJ has gathered issues and ideas that are important for using data to learn about outcomes achieved by civil legal aid programs for clients and communities. In a separate initiative, NCAJ has been helping to implement Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, which calls on all countries to use data and indicators to expand access to justice.
- New Models – NCAJ helps create responsible new models to assure access to justice, including civil right to counsel laws, new roles for “non-lawyer advocates”, new approaches for judges, students, clerks, and new uses for technology.
- Language Access – NCAJ maintains the Justice Index and also writes reports to support best policies for interpreting and translating in courts.
- Law Schools – NCAJ supports efforts to make access to justice a core element of legal education, including by expanding opportunities for pro bono service by students and professors. We co-chair the A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School.
- NCAJ published Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers & Funders
- The Justice Index Pro Bono Team received the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award.
- NCAJ in partnership with the Columbia Human Rights Institute posted Recommended Access to Justice Indicators for Implementation of Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in the United States.
- NCAJ hosted “Where the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems Meet”, an evening panel discussion marking NCAJ’s move to Fordham Law School.
- NCAJ’s Executive Director, David Udell, spoke on the civil justice system reform agenda on Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV!
Learn more about NCAJ’s work to assure that all people have access to justice, here.