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Georgetown Civil Justice Data Commons Releases Report on Civil Court Data.

The Georgetown Civil Justice Data Commons recently published "Civil Court Data at the Local Level: Interviews and Insights from Four Locations." The report was funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on civil justice data needs in four localities—Wisconsin, Washington DC, Oklahoma, and Cleveland, Ohio. As part of the report, court representatives, legal services providers, and policy non-profits in each locality were interviewed about their interests in sharing data with researchers to develop insights about the civil justice system. The report found that stakeholders were enthusiastic about collecting and sharing data for purposes of producing knowledge about civil justice but faced impediments. These included: lack of resources to capture, manage, and share data; lack of regulatory or professional guidance on sharing data; incompatible data collection practices; and rules that prohibited data sharing.
The Civil Justice Data Commons is a joint project between the Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University’s Massive Data Institute at the McCourt School of Public Policy that aims to create a secure, robust repository for civil legal data gathered from courts, legal services providers, and other civil law institutions. This repository enables stakeholders, researchers, and the public to better understand the civil legal system in the United States.

The Civil Justice Data Commons is led by Dr. Amy O’Hara of the Massive Data Institute and Professor Tanina Rostain of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Learn more about the Civil Justice Data Commons on our website.

Tech Institute launches First Stage of “Reimagining 21st Century Justice”: Charleston Social Services Navigators Demonstration Project.

Under the leadership of Professor Tanina Rostain, the Tech Institute has launched the “Reimagining 21st Century Justice” initiative. This first stage of the initiative is a demonstration project, funded by the Ford Foundation, to train social services providers in Charleston, South Carolina to provide “legal first aid” to their clients. Working with local legal services providers, Professor Rostain is expanding on the approach pioneered by Legal Link, a Bay Area organization that trains and supports frontline social services providers to spot legal problems and assist their clients in finding legal resources and help. Rostain and her partners in South Carolina and at Legal Link are developing a “train-the-trainer” model that can be adapted to different jurisdictions and scale. As part of the project, the participants will jointly develop tech tools to help with issue identification and data collection.   

Faculty and Fellows Update

Professor Anupam Chander recently published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post co-written by Jane Bambauer titled "Bills meant to check Big Tech’s power could lead to more disinformation". 

You can read Professor Chander's article here. 

Professor Chander also published an article on on the East Asia Forum titled "Towards an Asian Digital Trade Zone."

You can read the article here. 

Amanda Levendowski:
Professor Amanda Levendowski, an Affiliated Faculty member for the Tech Institute and Founding Director of the Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic (iPIP) would like to highlight iPIP Clinic client Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, who was profiled in the New York Times.

Click here to read Abigail Glaum-Lathbury's profile piece. 
Travis Moore:
TechCongress Founder and Non-Resident Fellow Travis Moore would like to highlight TechCongress's 2023 Fellowships, which is currently accepting applications through August 10th. They are looking for driven early AND mid-career technologists to serve as tech policy advisors in Congress and help shape tech policy at the highest level of government. You can learn more about the program and apply here

Fellowship and Job Opportunities

 Fritz Family Fellows Coordinator:
Georgetown is hiring a new Fritz Family Fellows Coordinator. This individual must be organized, efficient, and able to manage multiple projects on multiple timelines. S/he must be highly motivated, results-oriented, and proactive in coordinating the activities of the Fritz Fellows, working with University leaders, center and institute directors, faculty leads and unit administrators. The position requires superior organizational skills, strategic thinking, discretion, a capacity to anticipate needs and to pre-emptively respond to them, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues across the university. S/he will be asked to manage and implement projects and administrative duties in a team-oriented environment with the goal of ensuring the success of the Fritz Fellows initiative. S/he must be able to work effectively and manage activities of students ranging from undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows.

The position will be responsive to various leaders of Technology and Society Initiatives under one supervisor whose designation will rotate annually. The coordinator may be asked to support multiple projects in the Technology and Society initiative, working with center and unit directors on main campus, the capital campus and the Law Center, including planning and management of meetings, projects, conferences, and complex tasks requiring administrative support. The incumbent will interact closely with senior leaders and key stakeholders internally and externally including administrators, deans, faculty members, students, and others, and will work directly with Fritz Fellows in performing day to day duties. The work performed will be integral to the effective functioning and success of the Technology and Society Initiative at the University.

To view more information about the Fritz Family Fellows Coordinator position, click here.

TechCongress 2023 Fellowships:
TechCongress is now accepting applications for their 2023 Fellowships through August 10th! They are looking for driven early AND mid-career technologists to serve as tech policy advisors in Congress and help shape tech policy at the highest level of government. You can learn more about the program and apply here
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