The National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School is the national organization using data to expand justice. Access to justice — the ability to understand the law and obtain its protection — often makes all the difference for people, so families can stay together, save their homes, protect themselves from harm, and even preserve their liberty.
Our current projects:
- Ranking the states to expand access to justice – The Justice Index uses data and transparency to create incentives to expand access to justice in the states. It has been recognized by the American Bar Association with the Pro Bono Publico Award and video. Learn more here.
- Relying on data to track client outcomes – Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers & Fundersis NCAJ’s handbook for the civil legal aid community describing best practices for tracking outcomes obtained by clients.
- Supporting the emerging field of access to justice scholarship – The National Science Foundation announced a new award for an AtJ Scholars Project in which NCAJ will work with social scientists to identify and gather scholars from across academic disciplines to build the field of access to justice research.
- Implementing Goal 16 in the US – NCAJ has been helping to implement Goal 16 of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which calls for the increased use of data to expand access to justice in all countries.
- Bringing access to justice to law school campuses – NCAJ co-chairs the A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School and is supporting initiatives to put access to justice at the center of legal education.
- National Science Foundation awards grant for AtJ Scholars Project in which NCAJ will identify and gather scholars from across academic disciplines to build the field of access to justice research.
- NCAJ publishes Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers & Funders
- Justice Index Pro Bono Team receives American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award.
- NCAJ partners with Columbia Human Rights Institute to post Recommended Access to Justice Indicators for Implementation of Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in the United States.
- NCAJ hosts “Where the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems Meet”, an evening panel discussion about global access to justice challenges and responses.
- NCAJ’s Executive Director, David Udell, speaks about the civil justice system reform agenda on Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV! and guides a panel discussion on New York’s civil right to counsel law at an event sponsored by the NY State Bar Association.
Learn more about NCAJ’s work to assure that all people have access to justice, here.