In this Article, I present a case study of a legal PAR project involving judicial training on best practices in domestic violence cases. This judicial education project started over coffee and waffles, involved an award-winning documentary film Private Violence, and 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. In 2014, I coauthored an article titled It's Critical: Legal Participatory Action Research with my colleague Emily Houh. In this piece, we introduced legal scholars to the field of PAR, including its origins, complementary relationship to critical race/feminist scholarship and advocacy, benefits, and challenges. This Article builds on that introduction by presenting and analyzing a legal PAR project from its origins through the achievement of a major community-identified action goal. This Article also further develops the analysis of two particular PAR methodologies that were especially significant in this judicial education project: group level assessment ("GLA") and asset mapping.
Kristin Kalsem, Judicial Education, Private Violence, and Community Action: A Case Study in Legal Participatory Action Research , 22 J. GENDER, RACE & JUST. 41 (2019)