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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

DATA2J Research Roundtable (2015)

Federal funding for civil legal services increasingly depends upon empirical evidence of program and outcome effectiveness. Private providers, too, increasingly rely on public and proprietary data about consumer legal needs and engagement with lawyers. In March, 2015, the Center hosted a research roundtable for national experts on the delivery of civil legal services to low- and middle-income individuals. Participants presented the most recent findings driving professional and policy debates, and discussed ways to encourage systematic research on legal services delivery.

Thursday, March 26

4:00–4:15 p.m. — Opening Remarks

  • Elizabeth Chambliss, Professor of Law & Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism

4:15–5:15 p.m. — Accessing Justice in the Contemporary USA: Findings from the 2014 Community Needs and Services Study

  • Rebecca Sandefur, Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Illinois & Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation

5:30–6:00 p.m. — Keynote Speech: Policy by the Numbers

  • Karen Lash, Deputy Director, Access to Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice

6:00–7:30 p.m. Reception

Friday, March 27

8:30–9:00 a.m. — Coffee

9:00–10:00 a.m. — The Online Engagement Game

  • Stephanie Kimbro, Fellow, Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and Co-Director, Center for Law Practice Technology

10:15–11:15 a.m. — Getting People to Service

  • James Greiner, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

11:30–12:30 p.m. — The Role of (Law) Libraries

  • Steven P. Anderson, Director, Maryland State Law Library and President, American Association of Law Libraries (2013–14)
  • Sara Galligan, Director, Ramsey County Law Library (St. Paul) & Chair, American Association of Law Libraries Access to Justice Special Committee
  • Terrye Conroy, Assistant Director of Legal Research Instruction, Coleman Karesh Library, University of South Carolina School of Law

12:30–1:30 p.m. — Lunch

1:30–2:30 p.m. — Building in Assessment

  • Ron Dolin, Research Fellow, Stanford Law School

2:30–3:30 p.m. — Topics for 2016 and Next Steps

3:30 p.m. — Adjourn


  • Sue Berkowitz, Director, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • J. Steedley Bogan, Chair, South Carolina Bar House of Delegates and Member, South Carolina Access to Justice Commission
  • Erik Bogart, Bogart Law Firm, P.A.
  • Tonya Brito, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development & Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Elizabeth Chambliss, Professor & Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Richard Granat, CEO, Direct Law & Co-Director, The Center for Law Practice Technology
  • Margaret Hagan, Fellow, Stanford Law Center on the Legal Profession & Lecturer, Stanford Design School
  • S. K. Hastings, Director & Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Will Hornsby, Staff Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Russell Infinger, Rusty Infinger Attorney at Law, LLC
  • Susan Ingles, Senior Staff Attorney & Consumer Law Unit Head, South Carolina Legal Services
  • Sarah Lytle Kistler, Law Clerk to the Hon. John E. Waites, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina
  • Jill Kunkle, Associate Director of Career Services, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Ellen Lawton, Lead Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University
  • Andrea E. Loney, Executive Director, South Carolina Legal Services
  • Mark O'Brien, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Pro Bono Net
  • Debi Perluss, Director of Advocacy & General Counsel, Northwest Justice Project
  • James Peters, Vice President, New Market Initiatives, LegalZoom
  • Dana Remus, Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Matthew Richardson, Chair, South Carolina Access to Justice Commission
  • Fred Rooney, Director, International Justice Center for Post-Graduate Development & Justice, Touro College Law Center
  • Jim Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation
  • Colleen Shanahan, Visiting Associate Professor & Director, Community Justice Project, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Marty Smith, Director, MetaJure
  • Carmen Thomas, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Robin Wheeler, Executive Director, South Carolina Access to Justice Commission

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