On May 11, 2016, NCAJ launched the new “Justice Index 2016” with an evening panel discussion at The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, issuance of a press release describing leading findings of Justice Index 2016, and publication of the new findings along with new data visualizations at the Justice Index 2016’s newly redesigned web site, www.justiceindex.org.
The panelists described the impact and importance of the Justice Index as follows:
- David Udell, Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School, and Jamie Gamble, Senior Attorney, demonstrated the Justice Index 2016 showing leading and trailing states, the count of civil legal aid lawyers, and the trends in adoption of best policies for helping people without lawyers, people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.
- Karen Lash, Executive Director, White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, and Deputy Director, Office on Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and Christine Stoneman, Acting Chief, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, talked about the importance of the Justice Index as a research initiative aligned with the Department’s goals of increasing access to justice, including access for people with limited English proficiency.
- Bob Glaves, Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation, talked about the importance of the Justice Index to the legal aid community and to the bar.
- Danielle Hirsch, Assistant Director of the Civil Justice Division, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, and Erika Rickard, Access to Justice Coordinator, Massachusetts Trial Court, talked about ways in which the Justice Index aligns with the goals and initiatives of their respective courts.
Reporters are covering Justice Index 2016 in more than a dozen articles published already, with more pieces anticipated in the days ahead. Here are links to some of the stories:
I. Editorials and Analysis:
II. General News Coverage
III. Language Access Coverage
For more on Justice Index 2016 and the National Center for Access to Justice, please visit us at www.ncforaj.org, see and use Justice Index 2016 at www.justiceindex.org, and sign up for NCAJ’s blog, www.ncforaj.org. If you have questions (or if you are a journalist), please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.