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After sifting through 18 proposals from 14 courts, I am very excited to share that we have our first Judicial Innovation Fellowship project shortlist. We had tremendous help from our advisory team and a group of expert reviewers in tech, government, and access-to-justice. There were more strong proposals than we could take on, and these three projects exemplify what JIF is all about: working on problems common across courts that develop replicable or scalable solutions that improve access to justice.
So, without further ado, the three projects are with:
The Hamilton County General Sessions Court and Hamilton County Mayor’s Office. The JIF fellow will audit and improve how courts and information technology departments share data to understand court patron experiences across government services, the criminal justice system, and court debt obligations in an effort to break cycles of debt, homelessness, and criminal recidivism. A successful fellow in this role will have a strong background in data management and quantitative research with a strong set of research ethics regarding sensitive information. The project will be based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Kansas Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration. The JIF fellow will design an electronic filing system that works for people that don't have access to a lawyer, so-called self-represented litigants or SRLs. An opportunity to dig deep into the needs of SRLs and court staff, a successful fellow will have a design and user research background, product management experience is a plus. The fellow can choose to be based in the Kansas City metro or Topeka.
The Utah State Courts' Self-Help Center. The JIF fellow will develop internal processes for SRL customer development research, a guideline for hypothesis testing, and a style guide for court tools. A successful fellow in this role will be able to go deep on user research, as well as have a background in visual design and accessibility, product management experience is a plus. The project will be based in Salt Lake City.
A quick note on what it means to be shortlisted: shortlisted projects have a high likelihood to be one of our selected sites, but are not guaranteed a JIF fellow. Final site selection will be determined, in part, by finding the appropriate person to do the work. So, we need your help sharing the word!
The JIF application is open through April 7 at 12pm PT. If you are based in one of our shortlisted communities, please let me know. We are making a concerted effort to recruit and build a network of support in each shortlisted locality.
Have a great week.
An unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithms reveals discrimination. (Lighthouse Reports)
A lawsuit pits a class action firm against 'Robot Lawyer' DoNotPay. (US News & World Report)
How a virtual assembly line accelerated an access-to-justice project. (Talk Justice)
A predictive policing model for marijuana arrests misidentifies an agricultural program and skunks as crime hotspot. (Salt Lake Tribune)
The privacy loophole in your doorbell. (Politico)
Police are prosecuting abortion seekers using their digital data—and Facebook and Google help them do it. (Business Insider)
Following Pennsylvania and Utah, Oregon proposes a Clean Slate law. (Oregonian)
Predictive policing makes everyone a suspect, even EU officials. (Tech Dirt)
Europe’s borders are a surveillance testing ground, the AI Act could change that. (Coda)
Thousands scammed by AI voices mimicking loved ones in emergencies. (Ars Technica)
Tinder robberies have men in Brazil on high alert. (Rest of World)
Harvard’s Technology and the Public Interest talk is March 29. (BKC)
The Code for America Summit is May 16-17. (CfA)
The Privacy Law Scholars Conference is June 1-2. (PLSC)
RightsCon is June 5-8. (RC)
Jobs & Opportunities
All Tech is Human is hiring a program associate. (ATIH)
Baltimore City are looking for data fellows program manager. (Balt)
Center for Democracy and Technology has multiple open positions. (CDT) (h/t Alex Givens)
The Criminal Justice Administrative Records System needs data fellows. (CJARS)
Data and Society is hiring for various roles. (DS)
The Federal Trade Commission needs technologists. (FTC)
[New] The Journal of Science and Law is accepting papers on justice tech. (JSL) (h/t Sasha Davenport)
The Justice Tech Association needs an intern. (JTA) (h/t Maya Markovich)
Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center needs a director for its ethical tech reserach. (BKC)
Harvard’s Social and Historical Perspectives on Calculation in the Law symposium is accepting abstracts. (HU)
The International Symposium has a call for papers on governing AI, legal and regulatory responses. (IS)
The Judicial Innovation Fellowship is looking for fellows. (JIF)
JusticeText needs a marketing lead. (JT) (h/t Devshi Mehrotra)
Measures for Justice needs a comms director. (MfJ)
New America’s Open Technology Institute needs a policy counsel. (NA)
Northeastern University needs an AI and social justice prof. (NU)
Paladin has multiple openings. (P) (h/t Kristin Sonday)
[New] The Philly District Attorney's Office is looking to fill a number of roles. (PDAO) (h/t Oren Gur)
The Policing Project has multiple openings. (PP) (h/t Kaylynn Lopez)
Surveillance Resistance Lab needs a senior research fellow. (SRL) (h/t Rebecca Williams)
The Tech Talent Project is hiring for multiple roles. (TTP)
[New] Theory and Principle, a legal software development boutique, is hiring. (T&P)
UCLA Law Behind Bars Data Project seeks Research Director. (UCLA)
UNESCO needs a AI policy program specialist. (UNESCO)