Rebecca Sandefur

Rebecca Sandefur

Rebecca L. Sandefur is a professor and director of the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at the Arizona State University and a faculty fellow with the American Bar Foundation. Sandefur investigates access to civil justice from every angle, including how legal services are delivered and consumed; how civil legal aid is organized around the nation; the role of pro bono; the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers and representatives; and how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. In 2020, she was awarded the Warren E. Burger Award by the National Center for State Courts. She is currently the editor of the Law & Society Review.

Guest Appearances
January 17, 2023

Using Supervised Non-lawyers to Provide Limited-Scope Legal Assistance

Legal experts discuss Alaska’s recent approval of the use of supervised non-lawyers to provide limited-scope legal assistance on the latest episode of LSC’s “Talk Justice” podcast, released today. LSC President Ron Flagg...

June 15, 2022

Taking on unauthorized practice of law regulations to expand access to justice

A professor talks about New York-based company Upsolve’s lawsuit regarding UPL rules and access-to-justice issues in general.

February 5, 2020

Legalweek 2020: Open Access – Utah, California, Arizona, Oh My! What Changes to Law Firm Ownership Rules Really Mean

Legalweek panelists Rebecca Sandefur, Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer, Andrew Arruda, and Justice Deno Himonas share highlights from their panel discussion on current reforms that aim to enable greater access to justice.

June 12, 2019

#228: The Real Access-to-Justice Problem and How We Might Solve It, with Rebecca Sandefur

Rebecca Sandefur talks about why people don't ask lawyers or courts for assistance with their problems, how civilians can properly obtain legal help, and much more.

January 29, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: Maybe There’s an App for That

Rebecca Sandefur discusses her research into digital access to justice tools and how they seek to innovate these tools in order to empower people to understand and act on their legal problems....