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Thursday, May 9 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Ambiguous Results, Political Fallout, and Other Fears: Working with Academics to Research the Impact of Legal Services

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Partnerships between legal services organizations and researchers can be challenging. Such collaborations involve working towards a shared goal, while at the same time, achieving goals that are unique to each partner and that may conflict. The panelists will facilitate a candid discussion about how to handle ambiguous results, address the different ways researchers and legal services organizations may describe the results, manage the political fallout from results that may appear negative, decide who has the right to publish the results and when, and other fears, as well as some best practices that have emerged.

Speakers
avatar for Joanna George Allison

Joanna George Allison

Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
Joanna began her Legal Services career at the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina where she became interested in bankruptcy and consumer law. She served as a consumer law fellow at the National Consumer Law Center before joining the Volunteer Lawyers Project as staff attorney... Read More →
avatar for April Faith-Slaker

April Faith-Slaker

Associate Director of Research Innovations, Harvard Access to Justice Lab
April Faith-Slaker is the Associate Director of Research Innovations at the Harvard Access to Justice Lab. In this role, she conducts randomized control trial studies of various access to justice topics. Prior to working at the Lab, she served as Director of the Resource Center for... Read More →
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John Pollock

Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
John Pollock is a staff attorney for the Public Justice Center and has served for the past 10 years as the coordinator of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC). The NCCRC works to establish the right to counsel for low-income individuals in civil cases involving... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur

Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, The American Bar Foundation; University of Illinois
Rebecca Sandefur studies access to civil justice from every angle "“ from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 4