CALI is pleased to announce the selection of the faculty fellows participating in the A2J Author Course Project, a joint initiative with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Idaho Legal Aid Services to support law school courses teaching A2J Author®. Robert C. Blitt and Valorie K. Vojdik (University of Tennessee College of Law), Alyson Carrel (Northwestern University School of Law), Jennifer A. Gundlach (The Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University), Carrie Anne Hagan (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law), Michele R. Pistone (Villanova University School of Law), Michael J. Robak (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law), and Rebecca S. Trammell (Stetson University College of Law) will offer courses teaching students to create Guided Interviews, interactive graphical interfaces that help self-represented individuals navigate a legal process.
Those courses will be taught across varying course models, exemplifying the versatility of A2J Author as a powerful tool to lower barriers to justice. The courses also span a wide range of legal topics, from mediation to human rights. Faculty fellows will offer courses in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 and will meet with project planners and other fellows throughout the project. Faculty fellows will also contribute their course materials and author a case study for use by future teachers of A2J Author.
The A2J Author Course Project builds on the success of the first round of the project, then called the A2J Clinical Course Project. Based on the Justice & Technology Practicum, a course taught by Professor Ronald W. Staudt of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the A2J Clinical Course Project brought together faculty from six law schools and sought both to facilitate the creation of interactive tools to assist self-represented individuals and also teach law students technical skills vital to practicing law in the 21st century. The rebranding of the project for this next round reflects the substantial interest in A2J Author courses by both clinical and non-clinical faculty across the country.
CALI thanks all those who submitted superb proposals for this round – a record number. Congratulations to the faculty fellows and best wishes for your work ahead.