Podcast #228: The Real Access-to-Justice Problem and How We Might Solve It, with Rebecca Sandefur

In this episode with Rebecca Sandefur, we talk about why people rarely turn to lawyers or courts for assistance with their problems, how to properly educate civilians on obtaining legal help, and what role small and solo firm lawyers play in the solution.

Rebecca Sandefur

Rebecca Sandefur

Rebecca Sandefur is an academic sociologist and Associate Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is also a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Foundation’s access to justice research initiative. Her goal is to expand access to civil justice for everybody, so that people and communities can live safe, healthy, flourishing lives. Rebecca’s research focuses on inequality, particularly as it relates to law. Her scholarship includes investigations of work and inequality in the legal profession and other professional occupations, lawyers’ pro bono service and its contributions to legal aid, and studies of ordinary people’s experiences with common problems that could bring them into contact with the civil justice system.

One piece of wisdom Rebecca would like to share is this:

“Just because everybody knows something does not mean that thing is actually true.”

You can follow Rebecca on LinkedIn.

Thanks to TextExpander, ARAG, Consultwebs, and Ruby Receptionists for sponsoring this episode!

Show Notes

Get Rebecca’s report, Legal Tech for Non-Lawyerist: Report of the Survey of U.S. Legal Technologies, here.


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