Anne Bloom, Executive Director

Closed (1) Civil Justice Research Initiative Research Apprentice

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

The Civil Justice Research Initiative (CJRI) is a think tank that explores, through interdisciplinary, academically-based and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made more available to everyone seeking relief. The CJRI is chaired by Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and directed by Anne Bloom, an attorney and social scientist with significant experience in both academia and legal practice.

The apprentices will have the opportunity to assist in several aspects of the Initiative’s work:

(1) Research Support - the CJRI needs research support on several projects involving access to justice issues in federal courts, including research on the availability of civil remedies for prosecutorial misconduct, the efficacy of claims processes in class actions, and the impacts of permitting certain types of appeals. To prepare apprentices to work on the projects, CJRI will provide apprentices with general training in the relevant fields of law in which they will be working. A group training will take place on a Friday afternoon early in the semester. After the initial training, apprentices will work with a team a team of lawyers and social scientists to carry out activities in support of the research, including conducting literature reviews, coding data, and helping with data management.

(2) Support for Programming - the CJRI is organizing several legal programs for the coming year, including programs addressing legal services, the opioid litigation, and legal remedies for racial violence. These programs will bring together judges, lawyers, and professors from around the country. The apprentices will assist with several aspects of these events, including publicity and organization.

(3) General Support - the apprentices will have the opportunity to work across a broad range of the Initiative’s other activities, including researching and writing materials for posting on the CJRI’s website, editing white papers and providing input on marketing materials.

Qualifications: Juniors and Seniors only. Students with training in social science fields preferred. A strong interest in law is a plus. Students should also be prepared to meet on Friday afternoons to receive training in the relevant areas of law and the research skills that the apprentices will need to carry out the work (e.g., how a civil case proceeds, how to brief a legal case, how to summarize a legal article) and for follow up meetings on assigned projects.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: remote

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