State of the South 2022: Supporting Access to Justice through Academic Research


The Center for Access to Justice at Georgia State Law builds bridges between academics, practitioners, and policymakers. For this year’s State of the South, we have partnered with Georgia State Law’s Legal Analytics and Innovation Initiative to showcase how universities partner with outside entities, using both traditional and cutting-edge research techniques, to move the access to justice needle in the South.

At this year’s conference, we are highlighting collaborations across the region between university researchers and non-profit organizations and/or government entities, as well as the challenges and opportunities that can come with doing such work in the South. We welcome those who have engaged in such collaborations, those who want to learn more about how such partnerships come about or operate, those who would like to engage in such collaboration in the future (either as researcher or research partner), and anyone who is curious about how such partnerships can advance access to justice goals.

We hope you’ll join us from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022, for this virtual event featuring facilitated conversations between researchers and their research partners, followed by a conversation with funders who provide grant support for access to justice research

Featured projects include:

  • Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, Harvard University’s Access to Justice Lab, & The Texas Indigent Defense Commission: assessing, via randomized control trial, whether having counsel at first appearance impacts key outcomes, such as bond type and bond amount
  • Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic & Deep Center: collecting data and conducting statewide advocacy and community organizing to eliminate fines and fees imposed on youth and their families in Georgia’s justice system
  • University of South Carolina Health Advocacy Medicolegal Partnership & Harvard University’s Access to Justice Lab: evaluating primary and secondary prevention efforts through a medical-legal partnership to determine whether they reduce unnecessary reports to Child Protective Services and improve health without requiring government surveillance of families in marginalized communities
  • University of Miami, University of South Florida & Community Justice Project: collaborating with Miami Workers Center and Florida Rising to explore different experiences with pandemic evictions in three Florida counties



Center for Access to Justice

Launched in 2016, the Center promotes meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal legal systems in the South.  Through research and public education, the Center helps people in need navigate the legal system and trains the next generation of lawyers to serve the public interest.

Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative

Started in 2018, the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative, in partnership with the Legal Analytics Lab at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight, works at the intersection of data science and law to improve transparency, data and access across the legal system. 


Friday, May 6, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Law, Campus & Community, Conference


College of Law, Legal Analytics & Innovation, Center For Access To Justice


Atlanta Campus


Students, Faculty/Staff, Public



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