National Center for Access to Justice

Chris Albin-Lackey


Chris Albin-Lackey, Legal & Policy Director at the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, helps to guide all of NCAJ’s activities. In particular, he is helping to develop the Fines & Fees Initiative, which will incorporate into NCAJ’s Justice Index a set of best policies for controlling excessive fines, fees and court costs. Prior to joining NCAJ, Chris was Senior Legal Advisor with Human Rights Watch, where he helped shape, edit and vet a substantial part of the organization’s research and advocacy, including its work on the United States. He also worked for more than ten years as a Human Rights Watch researcher and associate director, carrying out research and high-level advocacy on a range of domestic and international human rights problems, and authoring more than a dozen Human Rights Watch reports. These included Rubber Stamp Justice: US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations and the Poor, detailing how state and local courts facilitate the debt buying industry’s efforts to turn them into default judgment mills on a massive scale, and Profiting From Probation: America’s Offender-Funded Probation Industry, examining how courts in several states turned to for-profit “offender-funded” probation companies to boost collection of court debt. Chris also carried out Human Rights Watch research and advocacy on business and human rights issues including abuses linked to mining operations in Papua New Guinea, India and elsewhere, and worked for several years covering Nigeria and the Horn of Africa for Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division. Chris lived in Ethiopia and Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Boston University and a JD from Columbia Law School.