Announcements

Interested in regulatory reform, legal empowerment, medical debt, and innovating justice? Check out i4J's latest interim report "Leveraging the Utah Sandbox to Advance Legal Empowerment for Utah Community Members Experiencing Medical Debt." 

Interested to learn how i4J is tackling innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic? i4J's Stacy Butler, Sarah Mauet, Mackenzie Pish and Christopher L. Griffin join LawCats Live to discuss The Power of Legal Innovation in the COVID Era. Watch the recording here

The State Bar of Arizona has awarded the Annual State Bar Award of Special Merit to i4J Director Stacy Butler. The Award of Special Merit is presented by the Board of Governors to members of the State Bar of Arizona who have made significant contributions to the furtherance of public understanding of the legal system, the administration of justice, and confidence in the legal profession.

i4J and the National Low Income Housing Coalition recently published a study on the Cost of COVID-19 Evictions. This timely research shows that if only a quarter of those at risk of eviction during COVID-19 face disruptive displacement and homelessness, the partial cost of providing just a few social safety nets is $130 billion dollars.

Check out i4J Director Stacy Butler's co-authored report on "The COVID-19 Eviction Crisis: an Estimated 30-40 Million People in America Are at Risk." In this report, Butler joins the nation's leading health and housing advocates to aggregate existing research related to the COVID-19 housing crisis and frame the "growing potential for widespread displacement and homelessness across the United States."

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinar and Free CLE: Making ODR More Effective and Accessible Through Usability Testing 
Join us on Tuesday, January 12, from 9am-10am MST for this free webinar (registration required). The Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law recently completed an eight-month study of an ODR platform developed by and for the State of Utah. The research team assessed the usability and accessibility of the platform, which connects small claims debt collection plaintiffs and defendants with a neutral facilitator for pretrial negotiations and settlement. In this webinar, i4J's Christopher L. Griffin, Jr., and Mackenzie S. Pish, will discuss the usability evaluation strategies applied to the Utah ODR platform. They will also review the main findings from the study that should be relevant to any jurisdiction deploying ODR technologies in an equitable, access-enhancing way.

Upcoming Conference Presentation: UX Testing Utah's Online Dispute Resolution Platform 
Join us on Wednesday, January 13, from 11:30am-12:15pm MST at LSC's 2021 Innovations in Technology Conference (registration required). In 2020, the Innovation for Justice Program partnered with the Utah State Courts and Pew Charitable Trusts to conduct the first usability testing (UX) of an online dispute resolution (ODR) platform in the U.S. When applied to ODR, UX testing helps ensure that court users are able to successfully navigate an online judicial system intended to provide them with digital access to their civil legal system. i4J's Stacy Butler and Sarah Mauet will join Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas, Justice Court Judge Brendan P. McCullagh, Brody Arishita, and Heidi Anderson to talk about why UX testing of court technology is important, how we conducted this human-centered design research and what we learned.

Past Events

Lunchtime Workshop: How Twitter Can Get You a Job and Prepare you for the Future of Law
February 24, 2020
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
October 28, 2019 
Jamie Beck, President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive, shared her work with human trafficking survivors, provided an overview of the impact of trauma on clients and lawyers, and offered 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
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!

Innovators Welcome
April 2, 2019
Students shared works-in-progress as they tackled the challenge of designing a new tier of legal professional in partnership with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.

Innovating Legal Services
Jan. 22, 2019
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. Click here for CLE materials