The Authorized Expertise Useful resource Middle’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is meant to encourage variety and rejoice ladies in authorized expertise. This initiative launched in 2015 with an inventory of innovators and leaders in authorized expertise and with this 12 months’s additions, that record now consists of over 80 gifted and influential ladies leaders. Each Thursday, we can be that includes a lady from our class of 2018. This week we have now Aurora Martin!

Aurora Martin, Founding father of popUPjustice. Discover her on Twitter @popupjustice.

 

 

 

How did you change into concerned in authorized tech?

I bought excited by authorized tech just a few years again when Miguel Wills, Founding father of the ATJ Tech Fellows, produced the primary Social Justice Hackathon at Seattle College Faculty of Regulation. As a authorized help government director on the time, I used to be impressed by the interdisciplinary groups of legal professionals, legislation college students, and technologists downside remedy and give you digital options to extend entry to justice. Quickly after, I made a decision to transition from my authorized help management function and went out on a limb to begin a brand new journey referred to as popupjustice. The concept got here to me in my meditation room, and the imaginative and prescient is that “A virtuous cycle of invention is critical for a extra equitable and simply society, the place completely different concepts meet and other people come collectively to think about, invent, and construct neighborhood.” I might name it a social justice startup, working on the intersection of expertise, justice, popular culture, and communications.

Final 12 months, I had the chance to redirect my profession instantly after I completed as Govt Director of Columbia Authorized Companies and served as an Inaugural ABA Innovation Fellow, a brief 10-12 week fellowship for mid-career attorneys centered on an entry to justice-related tech challenge.

What tasks have you ever been centered on not too long ago?

My particular challenge I’ve centered on whereas an ABA Innovation Fellow was the creation of an interdisciplinary scholar-advocate matching platform, ithinksam.org, a data marketplace for a gathering of the minds the place individuals with doubtlessly complementary experience and a shared aim can meet and match as much as do one thing: whether or not coverage, follow, or another challenge. One other challenge I’m working up is the Rural American Digital Lab, an effort between Heritage College and Whitman School to create an innovation lab for not solely experiential studying and innovation for rural-based college students, but in addition a lab for innovating rural neighborhood primarily based options, which doubtlessly consists of entry to justice, healthcare, agricultural tech, and different regional points.

Is there a authorized tech useful resource of any type that you end up returning to or that was significantly formative for you?

It’s all nonetheless new to me and so I’m studying day-after-day.

What expertise do you suppose legal professionals may take a look at another way that might profit society?

I feel gamification of entry to justice points might be an fascinating strategy to neighborhood outreach and training about a wide range of authorized points and authorized rights. The experiential and dynamic course of additionally lends itself to the empathy and engagement. On the similar time, the outcomes and experiences can be helpful for educating individuals about why insurance policies and practices may want to alter. On this regard, for coverage and different choice makers, reentry simulations—the place you are attempting to teach individuals concerning the complexities and difficulties associated to securing fundamental wants and getting again on their ft for people who find themselves reentering society after ending their jail sentence, is one instance of how gamification might be an training and enlightening software. Poverty simulations for coverage makers and different choice makers, may additionally be a way to have a extra enlightened and knowledgeable dialogue concerning the cross-sector systemic points that want cross-sector systemic options.

What recommendation would you give to different ladies who wish to become involved in authorized tech?

Bounce in. There are numerous of us who will catch you. There may be a lot good laborious work to do. Justice reform wants extra numerous views in any respect ranges, from coverage, follow, to merchandise and from design to deployment.

Give a shout-out to a different lady in authorized tech who you admire or have discovered one thing from!

Claudia Johnson, one other sister-in-justice who has made this 12 months’s record, is somebody I very a lot admire and am impressed by. Past her work as a technologist innovating entry to justice platforms and kinds, she can also be sharing her data and serving to to mentor and welcome different technologists of colour to affix the neighborhood of to ship tech-justice to individuals experiencing injustice due to life on the margins. She is among the few individuals who impressed me to take a leap of religion to re-imagine justice past the courtroom and halls of legislative energy, and into the communities we serve.

 

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