National Center for Access to Justice

David Udell

Contact:  (646) 293-3997, dudell@fordham.edu

David Udell is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, a research and policy advocacy organization that works with data to expand justice in the United States. David leads all of NCAJ’s justice system reform initiatives, including the Justice Index, promoting adoption of best polices for access to justice, including best policies for controlling governmental reliance on fines and fees; the A2J Initiative and A2J Summit Collection, publishing articles from leading reformers on the civil justice reform movement; the Outcomes Guide, endorsing best practices in tracking outcomes data for civil legal aid providers and funders; and a National Science Foundation Workshop on Access to Justice, engaging social scientists from diverse disciplines to expand the field of civil justice research. David is a co-director of the school-wide A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School, where he also teaches the Access to Justice Seminar. He is a member of advisory boards of, respectively, the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, Voices for Civil Justice, and the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers’ Association. He is a former member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services. He was the Founder and Executive Director of the Justice Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, a Senior Attorney at Legal Services for the Elderly (NYC); and a Managing Attorney at Mobilization for Justice (NYC). He is a graduate of NYU Law School.