Bringing Access to Justice to the Classroom through the A2J Author Course Project
The A2J Author Course Project (“Project”) supports law school courses teaching A2J Author, a program that creates user interfaces called Guided Interviews that help self-represented litigants navigate a legal process and complete legal forms. Now in its fourth year, the Project has brought form automation and document assembly technologies that have been used by legal aid organizations and courts into more classrooms. Students in A2J Author courses learn how to leverage technology to create important resources to increase access to justice.
Aside from providing background and perspectives on the Project, the session features a case study from the Human Rights Practicum taught by Professors Robert Blitt and Valorie Vojdik at the University of Tennessee College of Law as part of the Project’s second round. Students in their course worked with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission to automate a discrimination complaint. Additional topics covered in this session include how to incorporate A2J Author into a law school course, important learning objectives for students, and what resources are available for those interested in teaching an A2J Author course.