Deadline: Monday, August 6, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Department: Public Interest Technology
Compensation: $30,000 stipend
Length of fellowship: 13 weeks
The Self Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) serves as the backbone organization for justice system professionals seeking to close the civil justice gap by reforming America’s civil justice system. SRLN doesn’t represent a single voice, but rather is a diverse network of more than 2,200 individuals from the judicial, government, academic, research, philanthropic, non-profit and for- profit sectors who provide services to self-represented litigants or influence civil justice policy. SRLN’s vision is that every person gets the legal help they need, when they need it, in a format they can use. It’s mission: to foster access to justice leadership and facilitate the adoption of consumer oriented best practices among court, advocacy and service partners to create a fair, efficient, effective and integrated civil justice system for all and, through reform, close the justice gap.
The SRLN has scoped a project to compliment it’s update of Best Practices in Court-based Programs for the Self Represented. Project Lead Eduardo Gonzalez, Access to Justice Fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute of Technology Law and Policy, has developed an idea for a browser extension to allow justice system professionals to connect and update the justice ecosystem about their services and projects–the Justice Reach Extension (JRE). Their contributions will be collected in a database that will help address the challenge of maintaining an up to date database of justice system resources.
Eduardo Gonzalez has compiled, reviewed, and merged existing datasets from the American Bar Association, the National Center for State Court’s Self-Help Center Directory, and existing data from SRLN’s member and research databases. In addition to reviewing existing databases, Eduardo has deployed field and outreach research techniques to immerse himself into the civil justice ecosystem and develop a nuanced understanding of the parameters in which self-help resources are developed nationwide. This learning has proved critical to the framing and design of a survey tool that will inventory self-help resources across the country. This survey will collect the foundational data that users of the browser extension will be able to query.
As the SRLN team has worked on this project, they have also actively considered various less onerous approaches that will allow us to maintain this data in the future. This is where the browser extension comes in.
It is our hope that this fellow will help refine the technical and design aspects of the extension to best suit the larger needs of the SRLN community. We seek a Fellow who can help with the following:
We are looking for a self-motivated technologist with experience in full stack and database development. You should be able to write frontend and backend code and produce software with UI/UX aspects. You should be excited to solve access to justice problems and comfortable iterating on a prototype to bring an idea from concept to deployment.
How to Apply:
To apply, please submit the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “[LAST NAME], Application for SRLN Justice Technologist Fellow.
If you have any questions or require further clarification, please feel free to email email@example.com.
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