i4J's Stacy Butler and Sarah Mauet recently presented i4J's Utah Online Dispute Resolution Platform: A Usability Evaluation and Report at the National Center for Technology & Dispute Resolution's 2021 Virtual ODR Forum. Watch the recording here!

i4J Director Stacy Butler was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. The purpose of the Commission is to study and make recommendations on innovative ways of promoting access to justice for individuals who cannot afford legal counsel or who choose to represent themselves in civil cases. 

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 Presentation to Arizona Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission: Thursday, May 6 2021. 
i4J will present "Innovation in the COVID Era" to Arizona Supreme Court's Access to Justice CommissionIn this presentation, i4J Program Manager Mackenzie Pish will discuss the need and opportunity to innovate during the pandemic, and how i4J has been working to find innovative ways to empower people experiencing eviction, debt collection, and medical debt. 

Upcoming Conference Presentation: Friday, May 7, 2021, at 2 PM MST (5 PM EST).
i4J is presenting "Innovation for Justice in the Emerging World of Reg Reform: leveraging adaptation of UPL restrictions to advance legal empowerment for people experiencing medical debt" at the 2021 American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference. As Utah launched its new regulatory Sandbox, the Innovation for Justice Program partnered with Utah courts and community-based organizations on a year-long project designed to create new Sandbox-based services for Utahns experiencing medical debt. In this session, i4J Program Manager Mackenzie Pish will join Utah Supreme Court Justice Constandinos (Deno) Himonas and Holy Cross Ministries' Executive Director Emmie Gardner to discuss the project from the research, court, and non-profit perspectives and share strategies for designing and launching lab-validated, Sandbox-ready interventions designed to provide non-lawyer legal assistance to underrepresented populations. Learn more and register for the conference here

Upcoming CLE presentation: Friday, June 17, 12:10 PM - 12:40 PM. 
i4J Leadership in Legal Innovation students will present “Bridging the Justice Gap Through Innovation” at the Arizona Bar Convention. i4J is a social justice innovation lab that aims to bridge the access-to-justice and justice-awareness gaps by innovating the delivery of legal services. i4J's layered design- and systems-thinking methodology ensures that access to justice interventions are developed with and within communities. Through this CLE, you will be introduced to design- and systems-thinking to help you identify current justice and practice gaps, and ideate and prototype innovative solutions for your practice. 

Past Events

Webinar and Free CLE: Making ODR More Effective and Accessible Through Usability Testing 
January 12, 2021
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, discussed the usability evaluation strategies applied to the Utah ODR platform. They also reviewed the main findings from the study that should be relevant to any jurisdiction deploying ODR technologies in an equitable, access-enhancing way.

LSC's 2021 Innovations in Technology Conference Presentation: UX Testing Utah's Online Dispute Resolution Platform 
January 13, 2021
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 joined 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. 

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