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Lucas’s Article on Indigent Defense Reform Makes “Must Read” List
Published June 21, 2018 in News Hub
When Lauren Sudeall Lucas, associate professor of law and faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice, wrote “Keeping Gideon’s Promise: Using Equal Protection to Address the Denial of Counsel in Misdemeanor Cases,” she wanted to engage practitioners and policy-makers with its ideas and influence their thinking about how to advance indigent defense reform.
Report Details Violations In Mississippi’s “No-Counsel” Courts
Published June 6, 2018 in News Hub
Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for Access to Justice has released a report, “Mississippi’s No-Counsel Courts,” detailing the denial of counsel in state criminal courts in Mississippi in violation of the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment.
Center Spring 2018 Newsletter
Published May 30, 2018 in College of Law
The Center for Access to Justice was founded in 2016 to support those working to ensure meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems, with a regional focus on the South. To that end, we convene stakeholders, engage in...
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Alternative Spring Break Students Choose Service Learning Over Downtime
Published April 4, 2018 in News Hub
A cornerstone of the Center for Access to Justice’s Pro Bono Program is the Alternative Spring Break, which allows students to spend a week immersed in a substantive legal area while engaging in related pro bono service. For the second year, the spring break program received more applications than available spots.
Pro Bono Program Receives Award for Community Service and Social Justice
Published April 2, 2018 in News Hub
Georgia State University selected the Center for Access to Justice’s Pro Bono Program to receive the 2018 Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice: Outstanding University Program Award.
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Teaching to Close the Justice Gap
Published March 13, 2018 in News Hub
Law schools tend to focus, perhaps understandably, on the knowledge and skills lawyers need to serve their clients. But, in some states, 80 percent to 90 percent of litigants are unrepresented, and the number of these pro se litigants is on the rise. Understanding how lower-income people experience the civil and criminal justice systems is a vital part of a complete legal education.
The Center for Access to Justice Receives ABE Opportunity Grant for Pilot Study
Published March 8, 2018 in News Hub
Georgia State Law’s Center for Access to Justice received a $24,000 American Bar Endowment (ABE) Opportunity Grant to support a pilot study on individuals’ experiences and interactions with dispossessory courts, which handle eviction proceedings.
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Lucas Testifies Before Georgia House Committee on Standard for Determining Intellectual Disability in Capital Proceedings
Published February 23, 2018 in News Hub
Lauren Sudeall Lucas, associate professor of law and faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice, testified Thursday, Feb. 22, before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee regarding HB 768, which pertains to the standard and procedure for...
Center Fall 2017 Newsletter
Published February 16, 2018 in College of Law
The Center for Access to Justice, founded in 2016, supports those working to ensure meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems, with a regional focus on the South. To that end, the center convenes stakeholders,...
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Students Assist Renters Facing Eviction
Published January 24, 2018 in News Hub
Actually providing a stable home is not something Jessica Hunt (J.D. '19) and fellow volunteer Monica Bai (J.D. ’18) can do for the renters facing eviction they serve at the Housing Court Assistance Center.
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