Innovation for Justice: Unlock Change
The civil legal system promises justice for all, but in reality, that promise is not being delivered. Barriers to entry, power imbalances, and flawed processes inhibit the civil legal system from working as it should. Marginalized populations are most likely to be excluded from effective use of the civil legal system. In the midst of this system failure, how can innovation and technology unlock the promise of equal justice?
The Innovation for Justice program exposes students to the justice gap, engages students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and empowers students to be disruptive problem-solvers in the changing world of legal services. Students will work across disciplines and with government, private and community partners, implementing design thinking and systems thinking to create new models of legal empowerment.
Events & Announcements
i4J is one of six nominees for the Arizona Bar Foundation's Innovation Awards: https://www.azbf.org/innovation-awards. Donate by June 7, 2019 to help us earn a matching donation and support our project-based, community-engaged social justice work!
Join us on April 2, 2019, 3:15 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. in Room 21. Students will share works-in-progress as they tackle the challenge of designing a new tier of legal professional in partnership with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
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Innovating Legal Services
Panel discussion with Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona State Bar President Jeffrey Willis and Arizona Access to Justice Commission Chair Lawrence F. Winthrop on changes facing the civil legal profession
Jan. 22, 2019, 3-5 p.m.
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The Innovation for Justice Curriculum
The I4J program includes three courses, as well as a variety of extracurricular opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students across campus.
Fall -- Innovation for Justice: Law 672. This project-based course exposes the ways in which America’s civil legal system fails to provide justice for all, explores innovations targeted at addressing that systemic failure, and empowers students to design and launch solutions to the justice gap. Topics include: the constitutional underpinnings of our right to access our legal system; poverty in our community; the civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income Americans; how the design of our legal system inhibits equal access; the access to justice movement; how technological innovations are changing the legal system; and methodologies for innovating and improving the civil legal system. In 2019-2020, the Innovation for Justice program will partner with the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, the Joan B Kroc School of Peace Studies at USD, Harvard Law's Systemic Justice Project and Duke University School of Law in a multiple jurisdiction, interdisciplinary collaboration examining the complex needs of human trafficking survivors and exploring innovative ways to spark social change.
Spring -- Innovating Legal Services, Law 672A. The majority of Americans can’t afford to hire counsel when confronted with a civil legal need. As a result, they attempt to navigate the civil legal system without representation, or simply do not engage with the system at all. What are the societal implications of that system failure, and what can we do to change the status quo? Each semester, the course will focus on a particular avenue of legal service and explore what’s working and what’s not, with the goal of generating creative solutions. Guest participants from the community will be invited to work with students in problem identification and solution building. In Spring 2019, this course will be co-taught by incoming State Bar President Jeffrey Willis.
Spring -- Visualizing Justice, LAW/ART 360. This is a 3-credit, interdisciplinary course that combines legal, art and design concepts to explore: (1) what are legal rights; (2) how do we communicate legal rights; (3) how do we navigate legal processes; (4) how can art and design inform how legal rights and legal information are conveyed, in order to empower people and make legal systems more accessible and navigable? This course is co-taught by associate art professor Kelly Leslie.
I4J in the News
Pima County Says There Is an Eviction Problem, KGUN News, March 2019
Free panel discussion aims to find ways to prevent Tucson evictions, Arizona Daily Star March 2019
Re-Thinking Legal Services, Arizona Attorney, February 2019
Solutions: More affordable housing, right to legal counsel could ease Tucson's eviction problem, Arizona Daily Star November 2018
You Think Legal Education Can't Change? 8 Innovative Ideas from Law Schools, Legaltech News, November 2018
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Brigham Young University Law School Develop Unique Collaboration, What Great Law Schools Do, November 2018
Is There a Better Way to Battle Evictions?, CityLab / The Atlantic Monthly, August 2018
Tackling Evictions: BYU And UA Law Schools Partner On Legal Research Project, National Law Review, August 2018
UA students to tackle Pima County's eviction woes in new law school course, Arizona Daily Star, August 2018
UA, BYU Partner To Study Housing Evictions And How To Decrease Them, National Public Radio, KJZZ, August 2018
UA College of Law teaming up with BYU to tackle eviction, KGUN 9 News, August 2018
Justice Innovation with Law School Design Labs, American Bar Association Dialogue, June 2018
Who We Are
Stacy Butler, Director
Stacy Butler has two decades of experience in community advocacy and expanding the reach of civil legal services for under-served populations. In 2017, she launched Step Up to Justice, a pro bono civil legal center that delivers free legal services to low-income families in Pima County. Butler created an Access to Justice course at University of Arizona Law in 2017. She earned a BA from Trinity University and a JD from the University of Arizona. Butler was named one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services in 2006, 2014 and 2015.
Kimball Dean Parker is the Director of LawX, the legal design lab at BYU Law School. Under his direction, LawX developed SoloSuit, an automated software that helps debt collection defendants answer a lawsuit in Utah. Kimball is also the President of Parsons Behle Lab, the innovation subsidiary of the law firm Parsons Behle & Latimer. Parsons Behle Lab recently released an automated GDPR compliance software called GDPR IQ (gdpriq.com). For his efforts to make the law accessible, Kimball received a Fastcase 50 Award. He was also recognized as the 2018 Cyber Pioneer by the Utah Bar and a Forty under 40 recipient by Utah Business magazine.
Jeffrey Willis is the 2018-2019 president of the State Bar of Arizona and is a senior partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. based in the Tucson office. Jeff has engaged in substantial service to the Bar and the public regarding Access to Justice issues, including co-chairing the 2015 “Arizona Forward” initiative at the request of Chief Justice Scott Bales. He has served in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and as Chair of the ABA Legal Services Training Committee. Jeff was president of the Tucson Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and was a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is currently on the Board of the Arizona Justice Project and soon to be inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 2012 to 2016 he was an Adjunct Professor at the James E. Rogers School of Law teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy.
Karen Adam retired from the bench in November 2015 after 34 years of service as a Tucson City Court Magistrate, a Pima County Superior Court Commissioner, and a Pima County Superior Court Judge. As presiding judge of the Pima County Juvenile Court from 2011-2014, Judge Adam led the effort to convert PCJCC to a trauma-responsive court.
Judge Adam is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the Arizona and National Chapters of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is president of the board of the Children’s Center for Law and Policy and is a member of the Prevention and Family Recovery National Advisory Council at Children and Family Futures, consulting on Family Treatment Drug Court grants and programs.
Judge Adam writes and lectures on juvenile and family law topics and has served as faculty for the National Judicial College since 2007.
I4J students' project-based, community-engaged learning would not be possible without the generous support of these individuals and organizations who donated their time and talent to our program in Fall 2018:
Bonnie Bazata, Pima County Ending Poverty Now
Judge Tom Berning, Tucson City Court
Emily Bregel, Arizona Daily Star
Jane Carter, Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
Georges Clement, Just Fix NYC
Manira Cervantes, Pima County Community Action Agency
James Daube, Southern Arizona Legal Aid
Rick DeBruehl, Arizona State Bar
Randy Downer, Inter-State Investigative Services
Judy Drickey-Prohow, Law Offices of Scott M. Clark
Gregg Flatt, MC Properties
Judge Keith Frankel, Maricopa County Justice Court
Prof. Christopher Griffin, Arizona Law
Heather Hiscox, Moves the Needle
Judge Anna Huberman, Maricopa County Justice Court
Peggy Hutchison, Primavera Foundation
Hanna Kaufman, Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
Anne Kurtin, UA Office of Student Engagement
Courtney LeVinus, Arizona Multihousing Association
Chris Maglione, Maglione Rentals
Alex Mastengelo, Habitation Realty
Sarah Mauet, UA Academic Initiatives and Student Success
Prof. Brian Mayer, UA Dept. of Sociology
Judge Ron Newman, Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
Pima County Public Library, Main Library
Pima County Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead
Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
Judge Vincent Roberts, Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
Prof. Christopher Robertson, Arizona Law
JJ Rico, Arizona Center for Disability Law
Amanda Rutherford, Step Up to Justice
Sally Stang, City of Tucson HOusing and Community Development Department
Cristie Street, Nextrio
Dan Sullivan, Pima County Sullivan Jackson Center
Michael Wagenheim, Arizona Law
Matthew Waterman, Southern Arizona Legal Aid
Alden Woods, Arizona Republic
Jay Young, Southwest Fair Housing Council