Tanina Rostain is a law professor at Georgetown Law Center who has for a decade been studying and teaching about the uses of technologies in increasing access to justice. She is the founder of the Justice Lab at Georgetown, Faculty Director of the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy, and a creator of the Georgetown Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, a global pitch competition for students to show off digital tools that improve access to justice. With Amy O’Hara, a research professor at Georgetown’s Massive Data Institute, Tanina launched the Georgetown Civil Justice Data Commons (CJDC) to (i) facilitate collection and use of data, and (ii) produce research and operational knowledge about the U.S. civil-justice system. The CJDC, which is funded withsupport from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the JPB Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, is creating a new technical and governance model to facilitate data collection and sharing and improve the functioning, fairness, and transparency of civil-justice institutions. Tanina was chosen as a 2014 “Fastcase 50” member and a 2015 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.
Congress should create a Judicial Innovation Fellowship that brings experienced technologists into courts to improve access to justice.