Building Successful Research Collaborations

Multidisciplinary Teams, Law School Clinic Field Sites, and Partnerships with the Bar, Government, and Non-Profit Service Providers

Third A2J Empirical Methods Research Workshop, Saturday, October 28, 2017


This one-day workshop is the third in a series organized and hosted by Professor Tonya Brito. The theme for this year is "Building Successful Research Collaborations: Multidisciplinary Teams, Law School Clinic Field Sites, and Partnerships with the Bar, Government, and Non-Profit Service Providers." The event, hosted in collaboration with the Institute for Legal Studies, will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, one day after the 2017 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, entitled Public Interest Mobilization and Access to Justice Movements in the New Democratic State, a companion event also organized by Professor Brito.

The A2J Empirical Methods Research Workshop is a small group, invitation only event for researchers currently engaged in an empirical project examining issues of access to justice. The workshop will consist of three roundtable discussions and two works-in-progress sessions. All workshop participants are assigned as primary reviewers on one paper. During each 60 minute paper session, the primary reviewers will take the lead initially in providing constructive feedback. Each paper has three primary reviewers, so 30 minutes is set aside for their feedback. The author(s) will then have up to 10 minutes to dialogue with the primary reviewers about the feedback offered. Then there will be an open group discussion for the remaining 20 minutes where all Workshop participants will share their comments on the draft as well. The expectation is that everyone will read all the drafts in advance and be prepared to offer comments. Additionally, the anticipation is that the feedback during the Workshop will be verbal. The primary reviewers, who will be conducting a close read of their assigned drafts, are strongly encouraged to provide written comments to the authors as well. Finally, please respect the in-progress nature of the drafts by not sharing them outside the group.

The Institute for Legal Studies will host a dinner at Merchant on the Friday, October 27th at 7:00pm for workshop participants. The Workshop will conclude at approximately 3:00 pm.

Workshop Agenda

8:30 Welcome and Refreshments

Professor Tonya Brito, Organizer and Program Chair
9:00 - 9:45 Roundtable Discussion #1: Gaining Access in A2J Empirical Research
Tonya Brito
University of Wisconsin School of Law
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:00 Paper Session #1: "Studying the 'New' Civil Judges"

Anna Carpenter
University of Tulsa College of Law

Alyx Mark
Department of Political Science, North Central College

Colleen Shanahan
Temple University School of Law

Jessica Steinberg
George Washington University Law School

Primary Reviewers:
Susannah Tahk, Rebecca Sandefur, Marsha Mansfield
11:15 - 12:15 Paper Session #2: "Empirical Legal Research and the Urban Core"
Tonya Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
12:15 - 12:30 Break
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch and Roundtable Discussion #2: Research Collaborations
Rebecca Sandefur
University of Illinois College of Law
2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 3:00 Roundtable Discussion #3: Developing and Designing New Research Projects - 
Judges and Self-Represented Litigants

Jessica Steinberg
George Washington University Law School

3:00 Closing Remarks

Professor Tonya Brito 

Workshop Agenda PDF

Participants' Bios and Abstracts

Participants' bios and abstracts are available here.

Access to Papers

Papers are available here.

Deadlines and Paper Submission Instructions

Please submit your paper title and abstract by Monday, September 25, 2017.
Draft papers are due by Thursday, October 12, 2017.


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for speakers and panelists at the Lowell Center and The Graduate hotels. Both are within walking distance of the Law School and are about a 15-20 minute cab ride to the airport. 

Campus Map

A campus map can be found here for your reference.


Questions about the Program: Please contact Professor Tonya Brito (Program Chair)
Questions about Logistics or Information on this Page: Please contact Michelle Preston (Event Coordinator)

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