State of the South 2022: Supporting Access to Justice through Academic Research: Call for Proposals

As part of its mission, the Center for Access to Justice at Georgia State Law builds bridges between academics, practitioners, and policymakers. To that end, several of our faculty have worked in a research capacity with local non-profits and state government entities to increase access to justice. For this year’s State of the South, we have partnered with Georgia State Law’s Legal Analytics and Innovation Initiative to showcase how universities partner with outside entities, using both traditional and cutting-edge research techniques, to move the access to justice needle in the South.

As part of this year’s conference, we plan to highlight collaborations across the region between university researchers and non-profit organizations and/or government entities, as well as the challenges and opportunities that can come with doing such work in the South. We welcome those who have engaged in such collaborations, those who want to learn more about how such partnerships come about or operate, those who would like to engage in such collaboration in the future (either as researcher or research partner), and anyone who is curious about how such partnerships can advance access to justice goals.

For this half-day virtual event, on Friday, May 6, 2022, we will host facilitated conversations between researchers and their research partners, followed by input from funders who can provide grant support for such projects, and plenty of time for attendees to engage through Q&A with those who have done or hope to engage in such work. Post-conference, we will share information collected from participants about their research expertise and/or areas of research need and provide the means for attendees to connect.

Call for Proposals and Presenters

We are seeking examples of collaboration between academic researchers and practitioners/government entities/NGOs that have advanced or have the potential to advance access to justice in the South. We welcome submissions from academics from all disciplines, legal or legal-adjacent practitioners, and nonprofit or government entities.