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Innovation for Justice

Focus Areas: Innovation for Justice

The Innovation for Justice Program (i4J) is a social justice innovation lab that designs, builds, and tests disruptive solutions to the justice gap.

Housed at both the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Utah Eccles School of Business, i4J is the nation’s first and only cross-jurisdiction + cross-discipline legal innovation lab. i4J applies design- and systems-thinking methodologies to expose inequalities in the justice system and create new, replicable, and scalable strategies for legal empowerment.

As an interdisciplinary community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and collaborators, i4J applies design- and systems-thinking methodologies to expose inequalities in the justice system and create new, replicable strategies for legal empowerment.

i4J’s action-based research engages lived experience experts and diverse stakeholders in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors to advance fair and equitable dispute resolution through systems-level change at both service and policy levels.

Students who participate in i4J classes and projects are prepared to lead with empathy, check their assumptions, creatively problem-solve, test new ideas, embrace and learn from failure, iterate and co-create solutions, and engage in data-driven decision-making.

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Innovation for Justice Work

Discourse Type: In the Media
Lyle Moran, How a Social Justice Innovation Lab Is Developing New Types of Legal Services, ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels podcast (February 16, 2022) (featuring Stacy Butler and discussing the Innovation for Justice lab)
Discourse Type: Policy Papers
This report contains findings and recommendations from usability testing of the State of Utah’s online dispute resolution (ODR) platform. Utah’s ODR platform is a web-based alternative dispute resolution tool that provides parties in small claims debt collection actions with an opportunity to resolve their cases online. The report includes results

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