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

Lunchtime Workshop: How Twitter Can Get You a Job and Prepare you for the Future of Law
Join us on February, 24 2020 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 118 of the James E. Rogers College of Law. 24 at A panel featuring visiting TechLaw professor Dan Rodriguez, ABA Chair for Legal Innovation and Dean Emeritus of Northwestern University School of Law, will discuss how legal innovation thought leaders are leveraging Twitter to drive change (and Twitter nuts and bolts you can use). 


Trauma-Informed Lawyering: A Free CLE. Please join us October 28, 2019 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 156 of the James E. Rogers College of Law. Jamie Beck, President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive, will share her work with human trafficking survivors, provide an overview of the impact of trauma on clients and lawyers, and offer tools for working with clients in a trauma-informed manner to avoid re-traumatization and encourage positive case outcomes.


Community-Led Workshop: Understanding the Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors.  On August 23, 2019, i4J hosted a community-led workshop attended by over 40 members of the community, who worked with graduate students in the fall i4J course to understand the barriers and challenges experienced by human trafficking survivors as they exit trafficking.  The expertise and insight shared at this workshop will help shape i4J's work on the 2019-2020 challenge, "Meeting the Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors," in partnership with University of San Diego College of Law, Duke School of Law and Harvard Law School.  Thanks to all of our community participants!



ELDA Grant
School's out for summer, but the Innovation for Justice Program is hard at work in the Experiential Learning Design Accelerator. We'll be using design thinking to explore how we might incorporate more effective and sustainable experiential learning for undergraduate students in the Visualizing Justice course. Thanks to the University of Arizona's Office of Student Engagement and Career Development!




Arizona Innovation Awards 
i4J is one of six nominees for the Arizona Bar Foundation's Innovation Awards:  Donate by June 7, 2019 to help us earn a matching donation and support our project-based, community-engaged social justice work!



Innovators Welcome
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.
We want your feedback on our work! RSVP to



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.
Click here for CLE materials

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 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.

The Leadership in Legal Innovation course provides an opportunity for students who have completed an entry-level course within the Innovation for Justice Program to advance their understanding of and skills in legal innovation. Students in this course will play a leadership role within the program in one of two ways: (1) active participation as a leader and mentor in an ongoing entry-level Innovation for Justice course, mentoring students who are new to the program and assisting in facilitating of class activities and community engagement; or (2) active participation as a project leader for an ongoing Innovation for Justice project, participating in research and collaborating with the program director, peers and community stakeholders to advance the work of the Innovation for Justice Program.


Now - Winter 2020: The RENT Project

Fall 2019 Innovation for Justice: Works in Progress

Fall 2018 Innovation for Justice: 

Spring 2019 Innovating Legal Services:

Spring 2019 Visualizing Justice:

i4J in the News

'The Sniffles Vs. Open Heart Surgery': UA Law School Project Lets Non-Lawyers Help Domestic Violence Survivors, KJZZ February 2020

Training for nonlawyers to provide legal advice will start in Arizona in the fall, ABA Journal February 2020 

Arizona recently took its latest step toward rule changes that could allow non-lawyers to own stakes in law firms and offer legal servicesBig Law Business February 2020

Ariz. Tests Nonlawyer Advice For Domestic Violence Victims, Law 360 February 2020

Episode 60: Stacy Butler on Innovation for Justice, LawNext Podcast January 2020

Applying art to law, and shifting mindsets with Stacy Butler, Director Innovation for JusticeReimagining Justice Podcast November 2019

Pro Bono Work Should be Encouraged and Celebrated, But Much, Much More is Needed, IAALS October 2019

Arizona Task Force Calls for Wide-Ranging Practice Reforms, Including Eliminating Ban on Nonlawyer Ownership, LawSites October 2019

Arizona Takes Step to Scrap Rule That Keeps Big Four Out Big Law Business October 2019

Bringing Art School to Law School: Can Legal Design Change the Practice of Law? Above the Law September 2019

Powerhouse legal tech collaboration spawns Hello Landlord, LAWZAM August 2019

Fight Human Trafficking With Empathy, 7 San Diego News August 2019

University of San Diego, University of Arizona, Duke University and Harvard Law School’s Systemic Justice Project Put Collective Energy Toward Meeting the Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors, Above The Law August 2019

UA joins other universities to fight human trafficking, KOLD TV August 2019

UA partners with other law schools to support human trafficking survivors, KGUN 9 News August 2019

New Course Aims to Fight Human Trafficking with EmpathyTrafficking Matters August 2019

Universidad de Arizona brinda ayuda a víctimas de tráfico humanoUnivision August 2019

New Website Designed to Avoid Eviction Proceedings: Hello Landlord from BYU, the University of Arizona & SixFifty, The National Law Review July 2019

New app helps people deal with landlords, KTNV News July 2019

America is facing an eviction crisis. This tool could keep families in their homes, FastCompany June 2019

Changing The Narrative On Evictions: "A No Villains Rule" And A Real Solution, Forbes June 2019

In Unique Partnership, Two Law Schools And A Private Company Collaborate On Tool To Reduce Evictions, LawSites June 2019

Web-Based Tool Hello Landlord Aims To Decrease Evictions, Improve Tenant-Landlord Communication, KJZZ 91.5 June 2019

UA program launches online tool to help tenants, landlords deal with problems, AZ Daily Star June 2019

UA law students help create website to curb eviction problem, KVOA News June 2019

Wildcat involvement in creating 'Hello Landlord,' seeking reduced evictions nationwide, KGUN News June 2019

New website ‘Hello Landlord’ helps give renters back their voice, KOLD News June 2019

Pima County Says There Is an Eviction ProblemKGUN 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.  Prior to launching the i4J Program, she worked in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and served as an adjunct professor at University of Arizona Law.  In 2017, she launched Step Up to Justice, a pro bono civil legal center that has delivered over $3 million in free civil legal services to low-income families. 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 in 2006, 2014 and 2015.

The Advisory Board

With a deep background in designing and implementing innovative access to justice initiatives for legal aid, the courts and private practice, Katherine’s philosophy throughout her career has been to build common sense, consumer oriented solutions by learning, innovating and sharing. After clerking for a trial court judge, Katherine worked at Alaska Legal Services Corporation, initially handling DV matters and later as the Aging Grant Coordinator. In 2001, Katherine joined the Alaska Court System to develop the statewide Family Law Self-Help Center, which resulted in the nation's first virtual self-help center. Operating solely through telephone and Internet capabilities, the Center was also one of the early TIG grantees. In 2008, Katherine moved to private practice, establishing a successful unbundled practice supporting self-represented litigants in Alaska, and helped to create the first Unbundled Law Section of a state bar. An early member of Self-Represented Litigation Network, she has led the SRLN since August 2013. Katherine is particularly interested in building delivery systems for rural and vulnerable populations and creating community based legal assistance environments that prioritize judicial engagement and leadership to re-imagine services and approaches used by the private bar, legal aid, court staff and non-legal community providers so that everyone can get the legal help they need, when they need it in a format they can use. Katherine sits on the Advisory Committee for Voices for Civil Justice, serves as the Senior Advisor to the Justice for All Project, and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy. She received the National Center for State Court's Distinguished Service Award in 2019 for her work to improve access to justice in the courts. Katherine, a graduate of Northwestern University and Seattle University School of Law, resides in Virginia.

Judge Cruz obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona.  She began her practice of law as a prosecutor in Arizona at the Yuma County Attorney’s Office, prosecuting felony offenders.  Later, she practiced in criminal defense, eventually venturing into solo practice.  

As a solo practitioner, Judge Cruz primarily undertook representation in criminal and family law matters and served as judge pro-tem for the Cocopah Indian Tribe.  In 2008 Judge Cruz was elected Superior Court Judge in Yuma County, Arizona and at the time of her appointment to the Court of Appeals was the Presiding Judge in Yuma County.  

In addition to her judicial responsibilities, Judge Cruz serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice, as well as the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on Justice for All and the Commission on Victims in the Court. 

Judge Cruz contributes to the development of the law internationally by serving as a professor of law teaching trial advocacy in various regions within the Republic of Mexico, including Mexico City, Tijuana, Mexicali, La Paz, and Guanajuato. 

Dan Jackson directs the NuLawLab at Northeastern University School of Law, an interdisciplinary innovation laboratory that has been working since 2012 to merge creative arts and law to create new models of legal empowerment.  Dan is a 1997 graduate of Northeastern Law and a 1990 graduate of Northwestern University.  Following a postgraduate clerkship with The Hon. Hugh H. Bownes at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Dan worked for 13 years with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, ultimately serving as the firm’s director of attorney development after practicing in the employment law group.  Prior to law school, Dan worked as a designer for theater.  He continues to do so, most recently with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and The Provincetown Theater. 

As a political appointee in the Obama Administration, Karen A. Lash served in leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) and as the first Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). Karen conceptualized, implemented, and led LAIR, a first-of-its-kind executive branch policymaking model for civil legal aid, that brought together 22 federal agencies to identify programs, policies, and initiatives that could work more effectively and efficiently by incorporating legal aid. 
After leaving the Justice Department, Karen joined American University’s School of Public Affairs Justice Programs Office as a Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of The Justice in Government Project. With funding from the Open Society Foundations, Public Welfare Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, Karen is applying the lessons learned from LAIR to state agencies to similarly ensure that scarce resources are most effectively used to achieve state goals regarding low income and other underserved populations by adding legal aid partners. 
Before joining the Obama Administration, Karen consulted with U.S. law schools and advocacy organizations including the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), American Constitution Society, Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), University of California law schools at Berkeley and Irvine, and helped advance university legal clinics in Moldova, Ukraine, Slovakia, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, and Macedonia. She served as a co-chair of the California Access to Justice Commission, as Associate Dean at the University of Southern California Law School, and as Vice President of Programs at Equal Justice Works; practiced law at Tuttle & Taylor and Public Counsel; and clerked for Judge Warren J. Ferguson, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. 
Recent honors include Attorney General Eric Holder’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Participation in Litigation, recognition from Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her LAIR work, MCJ’s Champion of Justice Award, and NLADA’s Innovation Award. She is a frequent conference keynote and presenter, and her publications include Executive Branch Support for Civil Legal Aid, Daedalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Winter 2019), The Obama Legacy: Legal Aid Across Government Agencies, Talk Poverty, (December 22, 2016), Pitching Pro Bono: Getting to First Base with the ‘Big Firm’, 2 DePaul J. for Soc. Just. 141 (2008); Mitigating Disaster: Lessons Learned in Mississippi, (with Reilly Morse), 77 Miss. L. J. 101 (2008); and Federal Government as Your Partner: What Advocates Should know about Federal Resources for Veterans’ Legal Aid , 68 S. C. L. Rev. 209 (2016). She currently serves on the boards of advisors to the UC Berkeley/Irvine School of Law Civil Justice Research Institute and Tzedek DC. 

Joyce is the Founding Executive Director of the Florida Justice Technology Center (FJTC), a statewide technology organization she helped create with the access to justice community of Florida.  FJTC partners with legal aid organizations, the courts, the clerk’s offices, the private bar, law schools, and others to increase access to justice through the innovative use of technology. Prior to creating FJTC, Joyce was an independent consultant working at the intersection of access to justice and technology. Before that Joyce spent eight years with the Legal Services Corporation co-founding the TIG program and is a 2009 recipient of the Innovations in Equal Justice Award presented jointly by the ABA/NLADA. Joyce has a graduate degree in Public Administration from American University and is PMP Certified by the Project Management Institute. 

Miguel Willis currently serves as the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow at Law School Admission Council, where he oversees the Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program. The Tech Fellows Program pairs law students with legal services organizations to develop projects that support the use of technology, data, and design-thinking to bridge the justice gap in America. 
Miguel began his legal career at the Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in political science at Howard University. While at Seattle University School of Law, Miguel worked with a developer to create CaseBooker, a textbook marketplace app for law students. He served as president of the Black Law Students Association and on the National Black Law Students Association National Board. He was an outspoken opponent of the city’s proposal to build a new juvenile jail. 
Miguel’s entrepreneurial spirit, drive to innovate, and commitment to diversity and access to justice earned him recognition by the American Bar Association as a 2018 “Legal Rebel.” He also competed as a finalist in the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch Completion and was recognized as the 2016 National Jurist Law Student of the Year.  
Miguel is committed to leveraging his law degree in a nontraditional way to solve seemingly intractable problems. Upon graduating law school, he worked at the Alaska Court System to help solve the problem of access to justice for low-income communities.


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.

Jamie Beck is the President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive, a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking to be free from exploitation and thrive by providing them with legal services and connections to additional support. Prior to launching Free to Thrive in 2017, Jamie practiced civil litigation for five years at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. Jamie also worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello in the Federal District Court for United States District Court, the Southern District of California. Jamie received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2011. Raised by a single mother, Jamie was the first person in her family to graduate from law school. While at USD Law, Jamie was a member of the San Diego Law Review and received a 3-year merit scholarship. Prior to attending law school, Jamie worked for two years as a paralegal at the global law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York, NY. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in sociology in 2006.

Jamie was the 2016-2017 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego (San Diego’s feminist bar association with over 1,300 members) and founded the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Joan. B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Point Loma Nazarene University recognized Jamie’s contribution to the fight against human trafficking, awarding her its inaugural 2016 Hope Rising Award. Jamie also received a commendation from the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission for her leadership in combating human trafficking of women and girls in San Diego. She also received the San Diego County Bar Community Service Award for Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer and the San Diego Rotary Peace Award in 2018. The American Bar Association also included her among its eight “members who inspired us in 2018. Soroptomist International of San Diego Awarded Jamie its Women of Inspiration Award in 2019 and the University of San Diego School of Law will award her its Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award in October 2019.


Bridget Fogarty Gramme serves as administrative director and supervising attorney at USD's Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), and is an adjunct professor. She graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2003. There, she was an intern at CPIL, and received the Outstanding Contributor to the California Regulatory Law Reporter award for her reports on the Medical Board of California and the Bureau of State Audits.

At CPIL, Gramme teaches Public Interest Law and Practice, supervises law students in their monitoring of California’s occupational licensing agencies and drafting of articles for CPIL’s Journal, the California Regulatory Law Reporter (forthcoming online), edits the Reporter, oversees all of CPIL’s administrative functions. In addition, she spearheads CPIL’s advocacy projects—from legislative advocacy on bills of interest to CPIL, to public interest impact litigation. Most recently she has been focusing her efforts on significant reform at the State Bar of California.

Gramme returned to USD as CPIL’s Assistant Administrative Director in the summer of 2014 after ten years of civil litigation experience. She was an associate at Hulett Harper Stewart LLP where she practiced complex civil litigation, including antitrust, securities, and consumer protection matters. She was also a law clerk to the Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, and an associate at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, where she represented employers in employment discrimination and wage and hour matters.

Prior to attending law school, Gramme served as an International Women’s Issues Officer at the U.S. Department of State and the President’s Interagency Council on Women where she coordinated the Vital Voices: Women in Democracy Initiative in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Montevideo, Uruguay.

Gramme lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters.  Her community service projects include: Girl Scout troop leader; USD Law Alumni Board; William Male Foundation Board of Directors;  USD’s Center for Catholic Thought and Culture Advisory Committee; USD’s Professional Learning Community, Envisioning 2024; USD Changemaker Hub CORE team; USD Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program Committee.


Christopher L. Griffin, Jr. is a Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at the University of Arizona. Prof. Griffin's research primarily uses randomized control trials to evaluate the effectiveness of innovations in civil and criminal law administration. These studies include tests of a pretrial risk assessment tool, attorney triage in eviction proceedings, and efforts to address the civil legal needs of domestic abuse survivors. He holds a B.S. in International Political Economy, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service; an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jessica Heldman served as Associate Executive Director at the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in Boston, MA. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and training to state and local jurisdictions, guiding the development of law and policy within child welfare and juvenile justice systems throughout the nation. Heldman served as a consultant for organizations including Children’s Rights in New York City, the Child Welfare League of America, and Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. She has experience in representation of dependent and delinquent children in juvenile court as well as impact litigation on behalf of foster children. Heldman also worked for the law firm of Golden & Cardona-Loya, LLP in the areas of estate planning and consumer law. Prior to law school, Heldman worked as a theater educator developing and teaching educational arts programming for dependent and delinquent youth in San Diego.

Heldman is the author of the guidebook, A Guide to Legal and Policy Analysis for Systems Integration, co-author of the Dual Status Youth-Technical Assistance Workbook and the Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration. She has also authored and co-authored several publications on topics such as developmental reform in juvenile justice and the representation of dual status youth and is a frequent presenter. Heldman has served on an expert panel before U.S. Congressional staff and presented expert testimony to California. In addition, Ms. Heldman contributed to the development of the 2nd version of the MacArthur Foundation supported Models for Change Information Sharing Toolkit at, and served as faculty for the Information Sharing Certificate Program at Georgetown University and the online CLE program Information Sharing in Youth and Family Serving Systems.


Cas Laskowski is the Technology and Research Services Librarian at Duke Law where she collaborates with innovators and technology centers at the law school to foster student engagement with technology through training, networking, and access to emerging technologies. She is also part of Law by Design, a law school initiative to help foster students creative problem solving by teaching them design thinking methodology. Cas writes regularly about legal and library technology and serves as Vice Chair of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Standing Committee and SEAALL Treasurer.



Kelly Leslie teaches Beginning Design Studio, Publication Design, Design for Web and Devices, and Professional Practices in Design. Her work includes client based commissions, drawings, and digital fabrication. She has exhibited in China, Japan, and Australia as well as the US.

Sarah works to elevate the quality of learning experiences through the development and use of creative multimedia and interactive technologies. As the lead for the University’s Adobe Creative Campus designation, Sarah also works with faculty across disciplines to advance digital and creative literacy by integrating Adobe Creative Cloud applications into courses, and she oversees the development and delivery of free and frequent in-person and online Adobe trainings for faculty, staff and students. 
Sarah has more than 15 years of professional experience in multimedia journalism and communications, website design/development, usability testing, human-centered design and design thinking. Sarah has led website redesigns for large and complex organizations, such as government entities and university-based teaching and research hospitals. Today she works to advance the use of human-centered design approaches across the University. She is a founding member of the User Experience Initiative (UXI) and she has been the Design Thinking Lead for the University of Arizona Women’s Hackathon for three years running. In her previous role as the Assistant Director for the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, Sarah worked to integrate design thinking and human-centered design approaches into entrepreneurship and engineering academic curricula and co-curricular activities.

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 (   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. 


Kelli Raker supports the Duke Program in Law & Entrepreneurship and the Duke Center on Law & Technology as a program coordinator at Duke University School of Law. She serves as the Managing Director of the Duke Law Tech Lab and provides student services for the LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship. She previously worked in public health (sexual and dating violence prevention and intervention as well as occupational health and safety research), and has worked and volunteered with nonprofit startups. She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from The College of William and Mary in 2005 and her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2007.


Jeffrey Willis was 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.


i4J is grateful for the financial support of Snell & Wilmer, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and Nextrio.


i4J students' project-based, community-engaged learning would not be possible without the generous support of these individuals and organizations who donate their time and talent to our program.

Fall 2019 Contributors:

Adrienne Sainz Trees, La Frontera

Alexandra Harris, Arizona Youth Partnership

Annie Kurtin, UA Office of Student Engagement

Aracelli Corona, Federal Bureau of Prisons

Beth Jacobs, Willow Way

Betty Bitgood, Southern Arizona Dream Center

Bob Liu, UA Libraries

Cassandra Lain, CODAC

Cynthia Purcell, Southern Arizona Dream Center

Dana Katbah, Southern Arizona Legal Aid

Daniela Figueroa, Youth on their Own

Devon Thomas, UA Office of Student Engagement

Diana Amado, Council Aide for Ward 6 Council Member Kozachik

Diana Crocker, Grossman & Grossman

Diego Piña Lopez, Casa Alitas

Dominique Carrillo, ASU Master’s of Social Work student

Dr. Franki Reddick-Gibson, Sequel Youth and Family Services

Drew Pease, Grossman & Grossman

Erin Lowry, UA Law Clinics Social Work Fellow

Heather Hiscox, Pause for Change

James Alvarez, UA College of Law

Jamie Beck, Free Ever After

Jenifer Kent, Arizona Complete Health

Jennifer Crawford, Tucson Police Department & AZ Human Trafficking Council

Jillian Aja, Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel

Juanita Duran, CODAC

Kari Macfarland, Oxford House

Karna Walter, UA Assistant Dean for Student Engagement

Kathleen Nunez, District of Arizona Probation

Kathryn Rock-Polich, Southern Arizona Against Center Against Sexual Assault

Katy Obert, La Frontera

Kelly Leslie, UA College of Art

Kelly Upton, Gospel Rescue Mission Women and Children’s Center

Kimi Eisele, Southwest Folklife Alliance

Linda Leatherman, Pima County Community Services

Margarita Hallisey, CODAC

Meghan King, Pima County Juvenile Court Center

Michael Wagenheim, UA College of Law

Monica Ryan, U.S. Attorney’s Office

Pare Gerou, UA Law Assistant Director of Public Interest, Career Development Office

Prof. Chris Griffin, UA College of Law

Prof. Christopher Robertson, UA College of Law

Rebecca Blakiston, UA Libraries

Roy Tullgren, Gospel Rescue Mission

Sabrina Roman, Southern Arizona Dream Center

Sarah Haught, Beauty from Ashes

Sarah McCargish, Beauty From Ashes

Sheila May, Jewish Family & Children's Services of Southern Arizona

Sheri Marlin, Waters Center for Systems Thinking

Sheronda Jordan, Emerge! Center for Domestic Violence

Stacy Rakowitz, SAATURN

Summer Aubrey, UA College of Law student

Sybil Clarke, Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel

Tammie Milliken, Grossman & Grossman

Teresa Bravo, Pima County International Projects Program Manager

Terry Bernier, Southern Arizona Dream Center

Tori Bellino, Southern Arizona Against Slavery & Southern Arizona Dream Center

Wendy Petersen, Pima County Assistant Administrator for Justice and Law Enforcement

Spring 2019 graduate course contributors: 

Sheronda Jordan, Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse 

Anna Harper-Guerrero, Exec. Vice Pres. and Chief Strategy Officer, Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse 

Cozetta Blow, Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse 

The lay legal advocates at Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse 

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales 

Arizona Access to Justice Commission Chair Judge Lawrence Winthrop 

City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild 

Ted Borek, Pima County Superior Court Judge (retired) 

Pima County Superior Court Commissioner pro tempore Dean Christoffel 

Pima County Superior Court Commissioner Alyce Pennington 

Tucson City Court Judge Wendy Million

John Phelps, Executive Director of the Arizona State Bar (retired) 

Craig Henley, Arizona State Bar Ethics Counsel  

Joanne Basta, Evaluation and Research, Pima County Juvenile Court 

Dr. Beverly Tobiason, PsyD, Pima County Juvenile Court 

Paula Littlewood, Executive Director, Washington State Bar 

Steve Crossland, Washington State Bar  

Dean Irving Kron, UA College of Medicine 

Dana Katbah, Southern Arizona Legal Aid 

Julie Maldonado, Southern Arizona Legal Aid 

Kristy Clairmont, attorney

Doug Levy, attorney 

Karen Diebolt, attorney 

Dean Marc Miller, UA College of Law 

Assoc. Dean Sally Rider, UA College of Law  

Prof. Barbara Atwood, UA College of Law 

Prof. Chris Griffin, UA College of Law 

Prof. Negar Katirai, UA College of Law 

Prof. Chris Robertson, UA College of Law 

Prof. Keith Swisher, UA College of Law 

Prof. Shefali Desai, UA College of Law 

Amber Owens, UA College of Law 

Robert Tripp, UA College of Law 

James Alvarez, UA College of Law 

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Spring 2019 undergraduate course contributors: 

Bonnie Bazata, Pima County Ending Poverty Now

T Van Hook, Habitat for Humanity

Amanda Rutherford, Step Up to Justice

Sylvia Cuestas, Sullivan Jackson Employment Center

Gloria Valenzuela, Pima County Community Action Agency

Beth Carey, Primavera Foundation

Jay Young, Southwest Fair Housing Council

Judge Ron Newman, Pima County Consolidated Justice Court

Pima County Consolidated Justice Court

Pima County Public Library, Main Library

Fall 2018 contributors:

Bonnie Bazata, Pima County Ending Poverty Now 

Judge Tom Berning, Tucson City Court 

Emily Bregel, Arizona Daily Star 

Lissette Calderon, UA College of Law 

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, UA College of 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, UA College of Law 

JJ Rico, Arizona Center for Disability Law 

Amanda Rutherford, Step Up to Justice 

Lilian Schwartz, University of Arizona 

Sally Stang, City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department 

Cristie Street, Nextrio 

Dan Sullivan, Pima County Sullivan Jackson Center 

Michael Wagenheim, UA College of Law 

Matthew Waterman, Southern Arizona Legal Aid 

Alden Woods, Arizona Republic 

Jay Young, Southwest Fair Housing Council