National Center for Access to Justice

Laura Abel Joins National Center for Access to Justice as Deputy Director

The National Center for Access to Justice is delighted to announce the imminent arrival of Laura K. Abel, accomplished scholar and advocate, recently honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, as its new Deputy Director.  Laura will join the Center on December 12, 2011 to help the Center advance its mission of securing reform that better enables vulnerable people to count on the American justice system to protect themselves and their families.  Laura brings directly relevant vision and experience to the Center.  She is a founder of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel and a leader of the national movement for language access in the nation’s courts. Her access to justice scholarship has been published in leading law journals.  For the past year, she served as Acting Co-director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, having also helped to build and lead that program since 1999.  In her early career she litigated civil rights cases as a Public Interest Fellow at Gibbons P.C., served as a staff attorney fellow with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, and clerked for Judge Robert Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She received her J.D. from Yale Law School.  (originally published Nov. 29, 2011 by David Udell)