The Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law seeks a graduate student Community Coordinator in Salt Lake City for Spring 2021. The Community Coordinator will work with i4J Director, Professor Stacy Butler, and Arizona Law Professor Christopher Griffin to recruit and schedule SLC community members to share their perspectives in lab-based evaluation of access to justice innovations. The evaluation will be conducted through a College of Law course with law and other graduate students helping to design and conduct the evaluation (course description provided below). Preference will be given to candidates currently enrolled in J.D. or M.S.W. graduate programs who have previous experience working with under-represented populations and the non-profit sector. The position is ideal for graduate students seeking to gain experience in community engagement and project management. Ideally, the Community Coordinator would sit in on the College of Law course, which meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:45 Arizona time. The project workload is expected to be, on average, 6 hours per week, including class time, but it will be skewed toward January-March with fewer hours in April and May. Total compensation is $2500 for January-May.
Empirical Methods in the Law: Stakeholders in our civil justice system—judges, lawyers, and court administrators—often use procedures that have never been scrutinized for effectiveness. In other situations, civil justice actors adopt innovative changes without first demonstrating that they work. This course introduces students to the rigorous social science evaluation methods that can and should be used to improve access to justice. It familiarizes students with standard techniques for demonstrating whether new ideas carry measurable promise before deploying them in courts and legal practice. Students will apply the skills they have learned to designing and conducted a remote, experimental evaluation of access to justice innovations. No familiarity with statistics, econometrics, and related methodologies is required; the course will focus on quantitative intuition rather than mathematics. Students with advanced training are welcome to enroll if they are interested in applying these tools to socio-legal evaluation.
Interested persons can email a litter of interest and resume to Stacy Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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