Covering such diverse topics as judicial independence, juries, police use of force, and evictions, CCL President Robert S. Peck participated in conversations intended to develop research and make practice use of it as a member of the Board of Advisers of the Civil Justice Research Initiative, a project of University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

      In addition, as a member of the Jury Working Group, Peck discussed ways to replicate a famous jury study from the 1960s that provided the most comprehensive statistics on jury use and behavior that has ever occurred. The daunting project would attempt to seek cooperation from judicial systems to have a number of smaller scale and geographically tied studies. Although still in the planning stages, the study would provide ways to increase use of juries, which has fallen off precipitously in the last decade, in efficient and beneficial ways.