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Friday, December 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Advanced Lessons in Evidence-Based Legal Practice

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Public interest lawyers often measure their clients' outcomes to understand the effectiveness of their services. But answering questions with those data is surprisingly hard. Does representation affect judges’ decisions? Does representation improve experiences both in the courtroom and beyond its doors? Responses to these questions in turn lead to even more difficult ones about how best to allocate scarce legal resources. This panel will introduce participants to the best method of addressing these issues: randomized field studies. The Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School works with legal aid organizations and government entities to test innovative practices in the profession. Hearing from Lab researchers and its long-term partners, attendees will better understand how to evaluate whether programs actually improve service provision and, ultimately, access to justice. As the evidence-based practice revolution sweeps through the civil legal aid and the public defense bar, this panel will help lawyers internalize its lessons and potentially engage in their own rigorous studies.

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Steve Eppler-Epstein

Justice Advocate and Nonprofit Consultant
Steve Eppler-Epstein is a justice advocate and nonprofit consultant from Connecticut. He worked at Connecticut Legal Services from 1984 to 2017, serving as its executive director for more than 10 years. Steve is the vice-chair of the board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on... Read More →

Jim Greiner

Professor of Law, Access to Justice Lab
Jim Greiner is a professor of law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on civil procedure, expert witnesses, access to justice, and voting regulation. He spent six years as a practicing litigator (three for the United States Department of Justice, three for a private law... Read More →
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Christopher Griffin

Research Griffin, The Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School
Christopher L. Griffin. Jr. is the Research Director at the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School. He earned his B.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University, an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor for... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Meeting Room 3 Meeting Room Level