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The Fordham Urban Law Journal presents

Fordham Urban Law Journal
Spring Symposium

With People Struggling and the Law Failing, What are the Solutions to the Access to Justice Crisis in America?

Friday, February 9, 2024
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. | check-in and breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | program

Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center, Second Floor

150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Live Broadcast via Zoom Webinar
About the Program
Everyday, the civil legal system fails to deliver justice for all. Debt collection actions threaten people’s financial stability and liberty, evictions threaten their security in their homes, and neglect prosecutions threaten the rupture of their family bonds. In fact, millions of people annually face complex legal obstacles and powerful opponents without legal assistance of any kind. The consequences often fall hardest on communities of color and pose a special burden in metropolitan centers where the density of people and volume of disputes affect millions. With people struggling and the law failing, the Fordham Urban Law Journal is devoting the 2024 Symposium to bringing together scholars and activists to consider civil legal system responses. The first panel will discuss policy solutions that are abolitionist with their promise of sharply reducing the footprint of the civil legal system in people’s lives. A second will focus on the tenants’ civil right to counsel, considering its advance into four states and 17 cities, its benefits for tenants and for communities, and its challenges in the course of implementation. A third will examine approaches that are authorizing people to obtain legal help from trained advocates who do not have law degrees. The final panel will zoom in on additional policy solutions – new laws, procedures, technologies, and programs – that are increasing access to justice. Join us as we face the justice gap, learn what’s being tried, how it’s working, and whether to scale it up.
Confirmed Speakers
Larisa G. Bowman, Court Innovation Fellow, Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School
Raymond H. Brescia, Associate Dean for Research and Intellectual Life, Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology, Albany Law School
Norrinda Brown, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
Matthew Burnett, Senior Program Officer, American Bar Foundation; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Co-Founder, Frontline Justice
Tehra Coles, Executive Director, Center for Family Representation
Bob Glaves, Executive Director, the Chicago Bar Foundation
Honorable Glenn A. Grant, Administrative Director of the Courts
Bruce Green, Louis Stein Chair of Law, Director, Stein Center, Fordham University School of Law
Lauren Jones, Legal & Policy Director, National Center for Access to Justice
Tom Lininger, Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor, University of Oregon School of Law 
Alyx Mark, Assistant Professor of Government, Wesleyan University 
Sateesh Noori, Clinical Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law
Rasheedah Phillips, Director of Housing, PolicyLink
Michele R. Pistone, Professor of Law, Founder & Faculty Director for the Strategic Initiative for Migrants + Refugees, Founder & Faculty Director for Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigration Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA), Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
John Pollock, Attorney & Coordinator, the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
Tanina Rostain, Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Justice Innovation, Georgetown University Law Center
Janet Sabel, Director, Access to Justice Initiative, Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Rebecca L. Sandefur, Professor & Director, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University; Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Co-Founder, Frontline Justice
Andrew Scherer, Professor of Law, New York Law School; Policy Director, the Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law; Director, the Right to Counsel Project; Co-Director, the Housing Justice Leadership Institute
Radhika Singh, Vice President, Civil Legal Services & Strategic Policy Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Neil Steinkamp, Managing Director, Stout
Lauren Sudeall, Professor & Director, Vanderbilt Access to Justice Initiative, Vanderbilt Law School
David Udell, Founder & Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
Register Here
CLE credit for the program will be available.
This program is presented in conjunction with 
The National Center for Access to Justice, The Stein Center for Law & Ethics, and the Fordham Law Access to Justice Initiative
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