Maxwell Abbott is a Legal Researcher with the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI). In this role, he supports capacity development for Indonesian legal aid services, performs research on legal aid impact and fulfillment of access to justice principles, engages in advocacy for expanded legal aid and access to justice programs in Indonesia, and is leading an effort to strengthen case management and monitoring & evaluation systems for Indonesian legal aid organizations.
Previously, Maxwell was a Legal Project Officer at BABSEACLE in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While in Thailand, he helped manage financial and technical support for strengthening of clinical legal education programs in various Southeast Asian countries, provided trainings on core skills to law teachers and drafted various grant proposals. Maxwell was also a Human Rights Researcher at the Indonesian Legal Resource Center, focusing on religious freedom and legal aid, and Counsel at the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin where he addressed issues of free speech, political campaign finance and privacy rights. Maxwell received a B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.