2017 ATJ Tech Fellows
As the true stars of the program, the fellows delivered tangible results in their host organization projects, while gaining a broad range of skills and competencies. Eight of the ten fellows traveled out of state to participate in the pilot program; establishing new professional relationships and learning the nuances of their local legal ecosystems required an enormous amount of resiliency.
All, while overcoming huge learning curves as they developed new tools to address civil justice problems. Despite these factors, the fellows quickly adapted to their terrain and exhibited an unwavering commitment to access to justice
We are inspired by their unique experiences and passion, and think you will be too. Meet our 2017 ATJ Tech Fellows cohort!
In support of Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Manire Vaughn work consisted of several projects including: “know your rights” fact sheets about criminal law, video design, uploading video content, assisting clients with identifying legal information, testing A2J interviews, legal research, and data analysis.
In support of Montana Legal Services Association, Martin worked on a project to implement an online limited scope advice portal, the Montana Online Justice portal, modeled after a program in Tennessee, which allows attorneys to respond securely and remotely to vetted questions posted by low-income clients.
In support of Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), LaDierdre and Andy worked on improvements to MichiganLegalHelp.org website - an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information and referrals to self-represented litigants. This work included reviewing/updating substantive information and testing internal/external resource links.
In support of Maryland Volunteer Legal Services, Avatara worked on a project which gathers public data and analyzes it looking for possible legal issues our clients may have. Avatara learned SQL and how to access to the MVLS database, she was able to run queries for people including how many people were charged with prostitution offenses in certain counties, how many houses are at risk of tax sale because of a high water bill, and verifying authenticity of data by comparing court records to our records.
In support of Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH), Chad Au worked on a project to develop an online portal for pro bono attorneys to use so they can get cases easier and faster. This project was intended to help pro bono attorneys pick up cases that they normally would not have by having all the resources they need at their fingertips, thereby serving more people who normally would not have been helped.
In support of Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), Andy along with LaDierdre worked on improvements to MichiganLegalHelp.org website - an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information and referrals to self-represented litigants. This work included reviewing/updating substantive information and testing internal/external resource linls.
In support of Northwest Justice Project, Ranime worked on a project to design a chatbot that can perform low-level legal work. The chatbot communicates information to users on where to find forms, resources, required documentation, and other types of details that lawyers often provide their clients. Ranime also assisted in answering technology research questions for Legal Services organizations through the Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project.
In support of Illinois Legal Aid Online, Fan worked on a project to update and create automated documents using A2J Author and HotDocs.
She reviewed and maintained ILAO's catalog of guided interviews. Fan responded to user support requests through our website. She conducted legal research as needed in conjunction with the automated documents.
In support of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Brittany Ward worked on a project that utilized technology to facilitate the delivery of services to rural populations in Alaska. Her work at ALSC included technical and content improvements for the Alaskatribes.org website, which is dedicated to providing Alaska’s native tribes with resources for tribal courts and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) proceedings.