John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture: featuring Rebecca L. Sandefur

Access to Justice at the Crossroads

Legal practice of every type faces disruptive innovation. This is as true in the access to justice sector as anywhere else.  Efforts to expand the public's access to justice have come to a crossroads and those of us who participate in these efforts face a choice.  To go on as we are will cement the justice gap, ensuring that the American people's legal needs will far outstrip the capacity to serve them at the same time that lawyers wishing to serve their local communities struggle to make a living. But we don't have to go on as we are, nor do we have to choose a path forward blindly. A growing research evidence base provides opportunities to radically rethink how we "do" access to justice.

Rebecca L. Sandefur, Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation, and associate professor of sociology and law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studies access to civil justice 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 and non-lawyers as advocates and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. She joined the American Bar Foundation in 2010 to found and lead its access to justice research initiative.

John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture
The John W. Hager Lecture is an annual event held in memory of former TU Law professor John W. Hager to bring eminent professionals to the Tulsa legal community to share their ideas on law and justice.  Hager served on the TU Law faculty for more than 40 years and is still remembered at the College of Law as the "King of Torts."   

This lecture has been approved for 1 CLE credit, which TU Law will provide at no charge.

Thursday, March 1 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

College of Law, Price & Turpen Courtroom
3120 East 4th Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

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General Public, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Prospective Law Students


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No Charge


Lot north of the College of Law

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Barbette Veit

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