The ATJ Tech Fellows was founded to meet the needs of a rapidly changing legal environment and growing justice gap. The program was founded in 2016 by Miguel Willis, who at the time, a second year law student at Seattle University School of Law.
The pilot initially partnered with nine civil legal aid organizations to offer a wide range of innovative project-based experiential opportunities for law students.
During the summer of 2017, the pilot cohort set out to develop new skills and a range of projects that leverage technology, data, and user-centered approaches to address real-life legal service delivery problems. Through the pilot’s success, and support from the ATJ Tech Fellows advisory board.
The fellowship program was able to sustain operations, and greatly scale in capacity. Catalyzed by an instrumental partnership with the Legal Services Corporation, which placed 22 fellows within TIG grantee organizations in for the 2018 program.
Now, going into the third year of the program, the ATJ Tech Fellows network consist of 33 fellows and 28 host organization partners throughout the nation.