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History & Research

  • 2012 -CAJT awarded contracts under two Technology Initiative Grants from the Legal Services Corporation - to develop and expand the Justice & Technology Practicum's cyber clinic model to law schools across the country and to bring A2J Author® to the "Cloud" with A2J Author 5.0.
  • 2011 -"Apps for Justice: Learning Law by Creating Software" ("A4J") wins top prize at the Future Ed: New Business Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education Conference co-sponsored by New York University Law School and Harvard Law School.
  • 2010 - Justice & Technology Practicum begins  
  • 2010 - A2J Author® 3.0 Release
  • 2008 - A2J Author® 2.0 Release
  • 2007 - Professor Ron Staudt, White Paper: Leveraging Law Students and Technology to Meet the Legal Needs of Low Income People
  • 2006 - Leadership Workshop on Access to Justice: Leveraging Law Students and Technology
  • 2005 - A2J Author® Release
  • 2004 - A2J Author® Development - IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Center for Access to Justice and Technology partnered with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ("CALI") to create A2J Author® - a factory or a software machine to make hundreds of front-ends for court forms, at a very low cost.
  • 2004 - Self-Help Web Center at the Daley Center in Chicago created. The SHWC began assisting visitors in finding legal information and completing online legal forms in February 2004.
  • 2003 - IIllinois Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage Prototype ("JSDM Prototype") created. This prototype was custom-designed software that provided a web-based interface for pro-se litigants to complete the forms required for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage in Illinois.
  • 1999-2001 - Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants: A Consumer Based Approach ("Meeting the Needs") Project. This project successfully identified the major barriers to access to justice for self-represented litigants. A key insight of the Meeting the Needs Project was that the simple act of filling out forms raises unique challenges that many low income self-represented litigants have trouble overcoming. The project also determined that special care would be required if technology were to be introduced into the justice system to meet the needs of self-represented litigants.