Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Access to Justice with the Civil Justice Research Initiative

Summer 2020

Lucas Bainbridge : Geography

Mentor: Anne Bloom, Civil Justice Research Initiative

My research this summer will primarily focus on access to justice issues. This will be through the research, editing and publication of white papers on the impacts of changes in legal rules, class actions, the role of lawyers in improving outcomes for low income people with civil legal needs, and legal remedies for trauma stemming from racial violence and prosecutorial immunity. I will also assist on a new project on class action redemption rates and an NSF grant proposal to develop an integrated court data network on civil litigation. In short, this work helps shed light on civil litigation issues and the socio-political implications of disproportionate access to justice.

Message to Sponsor:

I would like to extend a thanks to my sponsor for generously providing funds allowing me to pursue an area of passion and one that has real-world ramifications. This research may well be read by high profile lawyers, judges and legal academics and has the potential to truly change their interpretation of justice issues and jurisprudence. Such findings often reveal areas of disproportionate access to justice and addresses pivotal issues in the civil litigation process that affects millions of Americans. I’m incredibly grateful for your confidence in the URAP program which will allow me to continue to develop my legal and analytical skills. It has truly expanded my worldview and has encouraged my interest in the law, an area I intend to pursue after graduation.