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!

 
Manire  T. Vaughn                          MSU College of Law               Minnesota Legal Services Coalition

Manire  T. Vaughn                         

MSU College of Law              

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition

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.

 

Martin Reggi Jr.                   

University of Illinois College of Law

Montana Legal Services Association 

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.

 

 
LaDierdre McKinney MSU College of Law Michigan Legal Program

LaDierdre McKinney

MSU College of Law

Michigan Legal Program

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.

 
 

Avatara Smith-Carrington             

UM Francis King Carey School of Law

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

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.

 

Chad Au                                    

UH William S. Richardson School of Law

Hawaii Legal Aid Society

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.

 
Andy Kemmer                           MSU College of Law                 Michigan Legal Help Program

Andy Kemmer                          

MSU College of Law                

Michigan Legal Help Program

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.

 
 

Ranime Oueis                    

UNM School of Law                        

Northwest Justice Project

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.

 

Fan Cheng                    

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Illinois Legal Aid Online

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.

 

Brittany Ward                          

Seattle University School of Law

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

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.