Kathryne M. Young, assistant professor of sociology, has been chosen among the 2020-21 cohort of ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Faculty Scholars. The six faculty scholars come from diverse academic backgrounds and focus on research that advances access to justice across the United States.
The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program aims to promote the next generation of scholars and to support the infrastructure of the burgeoning field of access to justice. The program brings together cohorts of faculty scholars to support research, mentor progress, and build intellectual relationships. By facilitating the translation of research into practice, the program will endeavor to generate more effective approaches to access to justice that combat poverty and improve justice for all.
Young will investigate everyday people’s legal consciousness—their beliefs and understandings of the law—around seven key civil justice problems.
This year’s class features six scholars who were selected by an advisory council from a selective pool of applicants. They each bring a wide range of tools to bear on the program’s core mission. The scholars will work on research projects, including understanding how people seek legal help on the internet; examining how automated systems will impact access to justice; exploring legal services for medically complex children and their parents; and investigating who immigration lawyers are and how it impacts removal proceedings.
“We are excited to welcome this year’s cohort of scholars,” said program director Rebecca Sandefur.