National Center for Access to Justice

David Udell

Contact:  (646) 293-3997,

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 best polices for access to justice; the Fines and Fees Project, promoting best policies for controlling the use of court imposed debt to fund government; the A2J Initiative and A2J Summit Collection, convening justice system reformers and publishing their work; the Outcomes Guide, recommending best practices for tracking outcomes in civil legal aid organizations; and the National Science Foundation Scholars’ Project, engaging social scientists from diverse disciplines to grow the field of civil justice research. David is a co-director of the school-wide A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School, where he also co-teaches the Access to Justice Seminar. He is a member of advisory boards of 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 its Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, and of the New York Chief Judge’s Taskforce on New Roles for Non-lawyers. 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.