Matthew Burnett is senior program officer for the Access to Justice Research Initiative at the American Bar Foundation (ABF), where he works to advance civil access to justice research and its impact on policy and practice. Prior to joining the ABF, Matthew was senior policy officer for legal empowerment at the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Before joining OSF, he helped to launch and then lead the Immigration Advocates Network, the largest network of immigration advocates in the United States. Burnett holds a J.D. with concentrations in poverty law and public international law and a joint B.A. in philosophy and intellectual history. In 2005, he served as law clerk to Justice ZM Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He currently serves as an advisor to the National Center for Access to Justice and the Justice Technology Association.

Matthew Burnett will participate in the World Justice Forum working session Establishing a People-Centered Access to Justice Research Agenda