A2J Empirical Methods Workshop: April 25-26, 2014

"What is Effectiveness? Building Theory and Exploring Measurement"

About the Event

Overview:  This one-day workshop, hosted by Professor Tonya Brito and sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies, brings together faculty and graduate students engaged in Access to Justice research. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to share and receive constructive feedback on their working papers and ongoing empirical projects. In addition to an intensive workshop of each paper, there will be roundtable sessions exploring the workshop theme and methodological issues that arise in A2J research.

Expectations: Participants with working papers are asked to submit their draft three weeks in advance of the event so they can be made available to other participants on a password-protected website. While each paper will be assigned a commenter who provides written feedback, the expectation is that everyone reads all the papers and arrives prepared to offer constructive feedback.

What is Provided: Hotel accommodations for one night (two nights if needed), dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and refreshments during the sessions. (Participants will be responsible for their own transportation.)

Timeline: Sessions will start at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25th and continue through dinner. Sessions will resume on Saturday, April 26th, ending about 3:00 p.m. (Out of state participants should plan to arrive in Madison by 2:30 p.m. on Friday; departing flights should be scheduled after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.)


Special guests of the Workshop: Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, UC-Berkeley School of Law, and Rebecca Sandefur, Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation.

From other Universities: Alyse Bertenthal (Ph.D. Student in Criminology, Law and Society at University of California, Irvine), Anna E. Carpenter (University of Tulsa College of Law), Alyx Mark (The George Washington University), Victor D. Quintanilla (Indiana University Maurer School of Law), Colleen F. Shanahan (Georgetown University Law Center), and Jessica K. Steinberg (George Washington University Law School).

From the University of Wisconsin: 
Tonya Brito (Law School), David J. Pate, Jr. (UW-Milwaukee, School of  Social Work), Amanda Ward (Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology), and Stefanie Wong (Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum & Instruction).

Program Information and Access to Papers

Deadline and Submission Instructions: Draft papers are due by Friday, April 4th. Please send as an email attachment to Professor Tonya Brito for program planning, cc'd to Pam Hollenhorst for uploading to the secure site.

Format: One hour will be allotted for each paper workshop. The assigned primary reviewers will provide comments and feedback for the initial 20 minutes. The author has 5-10 minutes to respond. The remaining time is reserved for group discussion of the paper.

 Access to Papers and Materials (Restricted) Participants will receive the log-in and password required to access this site. The following papers have been posted:

"Party Power and Lawyer Expertise: An Empirical and Theoretical Expansion of the Study of Civil Representation" coathored by Colleen Shanahan, Anna Carpenter and Alyx Mark.

"Mass Justice Revisited: An Empirical Look at a New Procedural Blueprint" by Jessica Steinberg.

"Speaking of Justice: Encounters in a Legal Self-Help Clinic" by Alyse Bertenthal.

"Procedural Justice: Mechanisms of the Fair Process Effect" by Victor Quintanilla.

"The Dearth of Defense: Examining the Unrealized Promise of Civil Gideon" by Tonya Brito, David J. Pate Jr., Amanda Ward, and Stefanie Wong.

Final Program 4-23-14

Accommodations & Directions

Hotel Details: We have a hotel reservation for each non-UW participant for one night at the Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street. Breakfast is included with the room. Please confirm your hotel needs with Pam Hollenhorst and let us know if you will need parking.

Directions: The Lowell Center is a 15 minute drive from the Dane County Airport and less than ten minute walk (three blocks) from the Law School, where the workshop will take place. Please see the UW Campus Information located here: 
Directions and maps
     To reach the Law School from the Lowell Center, walk west on Langdon Street about two blocks until it ends at Park Street. Turn left and walk 1/2 block to the pedestrian overpass and take that sidewalk up Bascom Hill. The Law School is the second building with a large glass facade.  Enter the building and take a short flight of stairs to the right. (An elevator also is available.) The workshop will take place in room 5215, just outside the Dean's office.


Questions about the workshop: Please contact Professor Tonya Brito (Director of the Institute for Legal Studies and Workshop Program Chair)

Questions about logistics or information on this page: Please contact Pam Hollenhorst (Associate Director of the Institute for Legal Studies and Workshop Coordinator)

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