Access to Justice

Stephen B. Bright Joins College, Center for Access to Justice

Stephen B. Bright joined the faculty at Georgia State University College Law and its Center for Access to Justice this spring. A longtime champion of indigent defense, Bright began practicing law in 1975 and has built a national reputation for representing people facing the death penalty at trial and on appeal and advocating for… more »

Center for Access to Justice Launches Bridges Program

This spring, the Center for Access to Justice launched a program designed to “bridge” the gap between academics and practitioners working on issues of access to justice. Bridges is an opportunity for professors to share coffee and conversation with an interdisciplinary group comprised of other faculty, graduate students, and practitioners.  

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Panel Provides Overview of Transgender Rights Litigation

Giving an overview of the litigation landscape for transgender rights, Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for Access to Justice and student group OUTLaw presented a March 9 panel to a standing-room only crowd.

“This timely panel was enlightening and inspiring,” said Darcy Meals, assistant director of the Center for Access to Justice. “Too… more »

Justice System Should be Accessible and Attainable for All, Foster says

Quoting Robert F. Kennedy, Lisa Foster began the 59th Distinguished Lecture Series with a question: “’Do minorities or people who speak our language imperfectly…or those who are poor, really receive the same protection before the courts as the rest of our citizens? All too often, they do not.’”

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Overcriminalization and Indigent Legal Care: Thursday-Friday, April 6-7, at Georgia State University

The Center for Access to Justice and the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics at Georgia State University are holding a two-day interdisciplinary conference, bringing together leading scholars in philosophy, legal theory and related fields to present original scholarship on issues of overcriminalization and lower-income people’s access to legal services.

Overcriminalization and… more »

Faculty Series Lunch with Vicki Lens: Noon, Monday, April 3

Vicki Lens, professor at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, will discuss her book, Poor Justice: How the Poor Fare in the Courts

Faculty Series Lunch: Vicki Lens When: Noon, Monday, April 3 Where: Knowles Conference Center

Previously, Lens was an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

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Working Together for Transparency: A Discussion of Officer-Involved Shootings & H.B. 941, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, Knowles Conference Center

Please join us for a collaborative forum on the current state of Georgia law surrounding officer-involved shootings. The event will include an overview of the issue in Georgia, recent efforts to promote greater transparency and the need for further reform, followed by a distinguished panel discussion regarding the provisions within and implementation of House Bill 941 from the 2016 Georgia… more »

Trans Justice at Noon Thursday, March 9, Room 342

Join OUTLaw and the Center for Access to Justice for a lunch-time panel discussion of the name-change litigation in Georgia and challenges to North Carolina’s HB2, which, among other things, prohibits people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.  Lunch will be served.

Trans Justice When: Noon, Thursday, March 9 Where: Room… more »

Foster to Discuss ‘Injustice Under Law’ at Miller Lecture on Thursday

The former director for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice will speak about injustice under the law during Georgia State University College of Law’s 59th Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series at noon Thursday, March 2, at the university’s Student Center East Floor Ballroom.

Lisa Foster, director of the Office… more »