Richard Bridgford was noted for his significant contribution to help establish The Civil Justice Research Institute at UCI Law School. UC Irvine law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky said on the institute’s webpage: “Too often, the courthouse doors are closed to those who have suffered serious injuries and violations of their rights.”
“There’s nothing out there that’s doing exactly what we would do” with the institute’s research, Bridgford said. The timing, he said, is excellent, given what he said was a perceived unfriendliness to plaintiffs’ litigation by the incoming Trump administration.”This is when we’re really going to have to go to work in fighting for those things,” Bridgford said.
Bridgford said they envision the institute’s research being used in legislative lobbying, legal briefs and general advocacy.