The Daily Journal and Orange County Business Journal both featured stories about Richard Bridgford’s $250,000 contribution to start UC Irvine Law’s Civil Justice Research Institute. Announced on the April 27, 2016, the Institute will explore, through interdisciplinary, academically-based and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made more available to everyone seeking relief.
Bridgford told the Daily Journal, “The increasingly low access to the courts by normal citizens through the elimination of jury trials, class action waivers and arbitration agreements, all of his is undemocratic movement that leaves power vested in the hands of the few.”
UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is the Founding Chair of the Institute. Bridgford serves of the board of the UC Irvine Foundation and the on UC Irvine School of Law Board of Visitors.