Rebecca Sandefur, noted sociologist and 2018 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, joins Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette Law School, to discuss her research on how to best address the civil legal needs of low-income people.
Rebecca Sandefur is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research on access to civil justice sheds light on how legal services are delivered and consumed by low-income people. While the outcomes of civil cases are potentially life-changing—including eviction, loss of custody of a child, wage garnishment, or loss of government or insurance benefits—at least one party lacks legal representation in more than three-quarters of all civil cases filed in state courts today. Join us for a conversation about the availability of civil legal aid services, the behavior of individuals confronted with civil legal issues, and the effect of lawyers in civil cases.