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Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur

The American Bar Foundation; University of Illinois
Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology and Law
Chicago, IL
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 and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them.

Sandefur joined the American Bar Foundation (ABF) in 2010 to found and lead its access to justice research initiative. As a Faculty Fellow she continues to head this initiative, and she is also Associate Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In 2013, Sandefur was The Hague Visiting Chair in the Rule of Law. In 2015, she was named Champion of Justice by the National Center for Access to Justice. In 2018, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work on inequality and access to justice.

Before joining the ABF and the University of Illinois, Sandefur received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and served for nine years on the faculty of Stanford University.