Laura Abel

Laura K. Abel, Senior Policy Counsel at Lawyers Alliance for New York, is a pro bono consultant to the National Center for Access to Justice.  Laura served as Deputy Director of the Center (2011 – 2012), helping to develop the Center’s initiatives to improve the quality of justice in the justice system. Honored by the White House in 2011 as a Champion of Change, she is among the nation’s leading scholars of and advocates for access to the courts. Her publications on access to the courts include:

Language Access in the Courts, 2009 to 2012, 46 Clearinghouse Rev. 334 (2012) (with Matthew Longobardi)

Turner v. Rogers and the Right of Meaningful Access to the Courts, Denver University Law Review (forthcoming)

The Role of Speech Regarding Constraints on Attorney Performance: An Institutional Design Analysis, 19 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 181 (2012).

Immigrants Deserve Equal Access to Courts, Nat’l L.J., Aug. 1, 2011 (with Tina R. Matsuoka)

Economic and Other Benefits Associated With the Provision of Civil Legal Aid, Seattle Journal for Social Justice (Fall/Winter 2010) (with Susan Vignola)

Evidence-Based Access to Justice, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change (2010)

Language Access Presents Mounting Challenges for Pro Se Litigants in Family Courts, Unified Family Court Connection (Summer 2010)

Language Access in State Courts (Brennan Center 2009)

Keeping Families Together, Saving Money, and Other Motivations Behind New Civil Right to Counsel Laws, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review (2009)

Toward a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases in New York State: A Report of the New York State Bar Association, Touro Law Review (2009)

Panel Discussion: International, National, and Local Perspectives on Civil Right to Counsel, Touro Law Review (2009) (with Andrew Scherer et al.)

Current Developments in Advocacy to Expand the Civil Right to Counsel, Touro Law Review 131 (2009) (with Paul Marvy)

The Existing Right to Counsel Infrastructure, ABA Judges’ Journal (Fall 2008) (with Hon. Lora J. Livingston)

Lawyers for the Poor Muzzled in Subprime Mess, TheNation.com, Jan. 16, 2008, reprinted in Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover (Katrina vanden Heuvel, ed. 2009), and Management Information Exchange J. (fall 2008)

Language Access in the Courts and Law Enforcement, Management Information Exchange Journal (Winter 2008) (with Paul Uyehara)

A Right to Counsel in Civil Cases: Lessons From Gideon v. Wainwright, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (2006); published in abridged form in Clearinghouse Review (July-August 2006)

State Statutes Providing for a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases, Clearinghouse Review (July-August 2006) (with Max Rettig)

Preserving Aliens’ and Migrant Workers’ Access to Civil Legal Services: Constitutional and Policy Considerations, Penn. J. Const. L. (April 2003) (with Risa E. Kaufman)

If You Gag the Lawyers, Do You Choke the Courts? Some Implications for Judges When Funding Restrictions Curb Advocacy by Lawyers on Behalf of the Poor, Fordham Urban Law Journal (Feb. 2002) (with David S. Udell)

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