Past Projects

Domestic Violence LPAR

Beginning in 2013, the Jones Center began its journey towards a legal participatory action research (LPAR) project involving judicial training on best practices in domestic violence. The project resulted in the training of more than 375 judges on best practices, developed from two years of collaborative research conducted by a community action group. Co-director, Professor Kalsem, analyzed the LPAR case study in Judicial Education, Private Violence, and Community Action: A Case Study in Legal Participatory Action Research. This article seeks to assist legal scholars working in any subject area of the law to identify methods on engaging with communities in addressing social justice issues. Specifically, this article seeks to help other activists pursue similar judicial education initiatives by providing them with information on how and what the LPAR judicial training project did.

Judicial Education, Private Violence, and Community Action: A Case Study in Legal Participatory Action Research

Judicial Training on Domestic Violence: A 50-State Survey

Below is a link to a comprehensive survey of all 50 states’ DV judicial training policies, statutes, and programming. The information is based on a survey of laws, statutes, proposed legislation, active legislation, academic and practical studies, among other resources. We hope this resource can be used to further DV judicial training across the country. We want this resource to be as comprehensive and complete as possible. If you have any pertaining information, please contact Professor Kristin Kalsem at

50-State Survey

Predatory Lending LPAR

From fall 2012 through summer 2013, the Jones Center engaged in a local, community-based research project on predatory lending practices, in partnership with Public Allies Cincinnati. To demonstrate how legal participatory action research (“legal PAR”) works in practice, co-directors, Professor Houh and Professor Kalsem, co-authored It’s Critical: Legal Participatory Action Research, published in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. This article introduces legal PAR as a way for legal scholars and activists to put various strands of critical legal theory into practice. This article utilizes legal PAR to contribute to legal literature on the “fringe economy” that comprises “alternative lending services” and products.

It’s Critical: Legal Participatory Action Research