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CUA Law professor Cara Drinan spoke at the 2018 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting's opening panel which addressed the AALS 2018 theme, "Access to Justice" on January 4, 2018. See below. 

 2018 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting -  "Access to Justice"

The panel was moderated by outgoing AALS President Paul Marcus. Panelists included: Cara H. Drinian (Catholic University of America), The Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn (Supreme Court of Virginia), Alex R. Gulotta (Access to Justice consultant) and Martha Minow (Harvard Law and Legal Services Corporation). The panel’s discussion ranged from the lack of funding for legal services—despite those services being the most important and most-requested resource during crises—to the need for systemic overhauls of the justice system and the integration of technology into the delivery of legal services, to making room for systemic litigation in the juvenile justice system.

In Spring 2018, CUA Law decided to pursue three new "path forward" initiatives, including criminal justice reform. Through the inspiration and leadership of Professor Drinan, the Law School will embark upon an access to justice pilot program designed to document the lack of effective representation for poor criminal defendants in the United States. The pilot will involve fieldwork and research regarding public defender caseloads and the related dynamic of “no counsel courts,” where individuals entitled to a lawyer nonetheless face loss of liberty without one.

In November 2017, Drinan also launched her book, The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way, which maps out concrete steps that states can take to correct the course of American juvenile justice.

Click here for more information regarding the AALS Annual Meeting.

Cara Drinan  

Professor Cara H. Drinan's
Areas of Expertise

Access to counsel

Indigent defense

Structural litigation


Death Penalty

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