The Team

The People Behind the Justice Index

NCAJ created and is continuing the Justice Index with the assistance many firms, foundations, and individuals. We are grateful for their support, without which the Justice Index would not be possible.

The Original Justice Index Project

The Justice Index went live in February 2014, culminating years of preparation and hard work initiated by NCAJ Executive Director and Founder David Udell and the Justice Index project’s first director Laura Abel. Early funding from the Bernard & Alva H. Gimbel Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Public Welfare Foundation were critical to the Justice Index’ development.

In 2011, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP joined the Justice Index project. Skadden attorneys conducted nearly all of the research on which the 2014 Justice Index reported, donating many hundreds of hours of lawyer time over several years. Skadden also provided generous financial support.

Pfizer, Inc. joined the Justice Index team in 2012 and provided guidance, financial support and the volunteer time of some extraordinary Pfizer lawyers to the project. Pfizer also brought on board a large number of law firms whose support and work helped bring the Justice Index project to fruition.

Deloitte became a supporter of the Justice Index in 2012 as well, again thanks to Pfizer’s efforts to bring NCAJ and Deloitte together. Deloitte donated hundreds of hours of the time of experts in multiple disciplines. Their expertise helped NCAJ to analyze the huge volume of data collected by Skadden and the research teams and to make it accessible and visually powerful.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP also became part of the Justice Index project in 2013. Kirkland provided critical assistance with research and analysis as the Justice Index neared its go-live date. Their timely and exceptional work was critical to the 2014 Justice Index.

A full description of the team that helped to create the original Justice Index is available on our archived Justice Index 2014.

NCAJ is grateful to all of those who helped to make the Justice Index a reality.

The 2016 Justice Index

The 2016 Justice Index represents the work of many dedicated people and would be impossible without the support of many more.

At NCAJ’s request, court officials in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico responded to a lengthy research survey containing more than 100 questions. The hours of work those officials put in reflect a deep commitment to access to justice and to the importance of measurable standards as a guide to progress.

Dozens of lawyers from five of the finest law firms in the world (the firms and the teams of lawyers are listed below) conducted more than a thousand hours of research, discussed issues with state court officials and contacted Legal Aid providers around the country.

The Legal Services Corporation shared with NCAJ data that LSC collects from its own grantees and Legal Aid providers around the country shared data about their work and staffing with the pro bono lawyers who collected the Justice Index data.

And of course, NCAJ’s work would be impossible without financial support from others who understand the importance of Access to Justice. In 2016, UBS, Inc. and its Global General Counsel Markus Diethelm led the effort to support NCAJ’s work on the Justice Index. UBS’ efforts and the contributions of foundations, law firms, corporate sponsors and individual donors made it possible to bring the power of data analysis to the task of making the court systems more accessible to everyone.

Our Five Pro Bono Law Firm Research Teams

Five of the finest law firms in the world volunteered to assist NCAJ with the research reflected in the 2016 Justice Index. Thousands of hours were donated by more than 50 lawyers, providing the highest quality legal research, communications with states and legal aid organizations, quality assurance, and strategic guidance on the Justice Index design and criteria. The firms, and the attorneys at those firms, are:

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Oliver Bennet
  • Ashley Eisenberg
  • Dan Forscheimer
  • Thomas Matthew
  • Kelly Gould (former Kirkland associate)
  • Beatrice Hahn (former Kirkland associate)
  • Teresa Lii (former Kirkland associate)
  • Richard Praseuth (former Kirkland associate)

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Bob Bellacosa (Senior Paralegal)
  • Bradford A. Cangro
  • Anastasia Caviris
  • Lora Epstein
  • Heather Fuentes
  • Darren Geist
  • David Gerson
  • Amy Greer
  • Jennifer Guerrera
  • Alice Mukai Henderson
  • Karen Jacobson
  • Elizabeth R. Khoury
  • Meredith Klionsky
  • Dana M. Kolesar
  • Matthew Rees Ladd
  • Justine Leach
  • Ghee J. Lee
  • Namita Mani
  • Laura J. Neumeister
  • Shah Nizami
  • Graham Rollins
  • Hugo Ruiz de la Torre
  • Carolyn A. Silane
  • Shane Siegel
  • Amanda Smith
  • Zach Zemlin

  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Guianna Henriquez
  • David Lash
  • Rachel McDaniel
  • Lorena Ortega
  • Leslie Wolf
  • Catalina Joos Vergara

  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Jacqueline Bonneau
  • J. Taylor Kirklin
  • Patrick Gibson
  • Anthony Gambol
  • Nicole Paschal
  • Peter Tomlinson
  • Jeremy A. Weinberg

  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Michelle S. Kallen
  • Niels Melius
  • William T. Russell Jr.
  • Duncan Taylor
  • Andrew Teodorescu
Corporate Participation in the Justice Index 2016:
  • General Electric
  • Attorneys from GE joined the research effort for the Justice Index 2016. GE’s effort was led by Garrick Sevilla and Jennifer Subryan.

  • Deloitte
  • Deloitte helped strengthen the infrastructure of the Justice Index 2016, and also trained the NCAJ team to allow us to accomplish on our own much of the analytical work that Deloitte had pioneered with us.

  • Pfizer
  • Pfizer helped to create the original Justice Index, and continued to provide leadership and support that helped to establish Justice Index 2016.

  • UBS
  • UBS provided substantial financial support to NCAJ that helped to establish Justice Index 2016. UBS also provided pro bono support that helped to create the original Justice Index.


Additional Supporters of NCAJ and the Justice Index 2016
  • NCAJ and the Justice Index 2016 have been supported by many additional law firms, companies, foundations and individuals. Among them are:

  • Law Firms:
    • Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
    • Cohen & Gresser LLP
    • Covington & Burling LLP
    • Cuti Hecker Wang LLP
    • DLA Piper LLP
    • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    • Latham & Watkins LLP
    • Miller & Chevalier Chartered
    • Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
    • Outten & Golden LLP
    • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    • Paul Hastings LLP
    • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
    • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
    • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
    • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    • Spears & Imes LLP
    • Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

  • Foundations:
    • Bernard & Alva H. Gimbel Foundation
    • Open Society Foundations
    • Public Welfare Foundation
Courts, Legal Aid Programs & Other State Respondents
  • While the state court systems and legal aid organizations who responded to our many requests for information are not partners in a technical sense, we are also grateful for the time and effort so many took to provide us with the information that is reflected in the Justice Index. The breadth and quality of the information in the 2015-16 index was enhanced immeasurably because of the efforts of all of the individuals and organizations who are working so hard to improve access to justice and who assisted us in contributing to that effort through the Justice Index.
The NCAJ Team

The NCAJ team – David Udell, Jamie Gamble, Aaron Sussman, and Rebecca Berlow – worked with all of the contributors and is grateful beyond measure for their assistance. In addition to the NCAJ staff we are grateful for the great work of Susannah Rachel Cohen, NCAJ’s Fellow, on research, organizing, and uploading of findings into Justice Index 2016. The NCAJ team can be contacted at justiceindex@ncforaj.org.