January 30, 2019 - Call for Participants! Join Our Workshop on Data Science & Access to Justice

On June 2-4, 2019, the Tech Institute and Georgetown Law’s Justice Lab will host an NSF-supported workshop on computing, data science and access to civil justice.

Led by our Faculty Director Tanina Rostain, Jon Gould of American University, and Ellen Zegura of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the workshop will identify ways that data science and computer science can be deployed to study and address civil justice problems.

We have a limited number of slots available for researchers to attend the workshop. Applications are due by March 8, 2019.

The Workshop

As part of a National Science Foundation-funded project (SES 1839537), we are hosting a workshop at Georgetown University Law Center on June 2-4, 2019, with the goal of generating interdisciplinary research that applies methodologies used in computing disciplines (including but not limited to: computer science, data science, artificial intelligence, and human-centered design) to the study of civil justice problems. We invite the participation of scholars from across disciplines that apply methodologies from these fields to the study of poverty, inequality, labor, housing, race, the family, health care, and criminal justice to join us in developing a new research agenda for the study of civil justice in the United States.

The workshop will consider two broadly defined themes:

  1. The application of methodologies from computing disciplines to develop knowledge that considers the origins of people’s legal problems and the interventions that address them. This theme includes research on courts, administrative agencies, legal aid providers, and other institutions in the civil justice system. It also includes research on potential legal problems that do not make it to legal institutions, including the antecedents of legal problems and their consequences for the health, financial security, physical safety, and human well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

  2. The application of methodologies from computing disciplines to increase access to the legal system.  This workshop theme will explore how the use of human-centered computing can provide a basis for building, and rigorously testing, digital tools that are intended to expand access to and fairness of the civil legal system.  

How to Apply

Submit your CV and a short statement (no longer than 750 words) that includes:

  1. A brief description of research you are conducting or planning that intersects with the themes of this workshop;

  2. An explanation of how your research connects to the general theories, questions, or puzzles in your own discipline or in other disciplines (relevance of the research for social science); and

  3. A short explanation of the potential policy and/or practical implications of your research (relevance of the research to expanding or equalizing access to civil justice).

Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. Criteria for selection include the potential impact of the research on scholarship in one or more disciplines and the potential of the work to produce actionable intelligence for some aspect of civil justice. We especially welcome scholars who are new to access to justice research and from groups historically underrepresented in the academy.

If you are selected to attend the workshop, the National Science Foundation will cover your reasonable travel costs and accommodations in Washington. 

Applications are due by March 8, 2019 and should be submitted to Tanina.Rostain@Georgetown.edu.

Please address any questions before the due date to Tanina.Rostain@Georgetown.edu.  

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