Webinar: Panel Interview with ATJ Tech Entrepreneurs in the Time of COVID-19 (SRLN 2020)

This recording (link below) offers a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading ATJ tech entrepreneurs working in the US today. On Friday, June 12, 2020, they joined together to offer insights and reflections with the SRLN Justice Tech Working Group about how to be human centered and move the ATJ needle with empathy, inclusion, and purpose.

The interview questions discussed centered around the impacts pandemic responses have had on their approach to delivering justice technology. The following factors were considered:

Factors Impacts Considered
  • Changes
  • Readiness
  • UI/UX
  • Opportunities
  • Sustainability
  • Bureaucracy
  • Services/products
  • Operations
  • Engagement with civil justice partners


Tips from our Panel

Below we have highlighted parting thoughts from our panel to budding justice tech entrepreneurs:

  • Focus - especially during times of crisis, it is easy to be pulled in a lot of directions.
  • Mind where you are. It’s okay to not have an immediate product, assess what you’re able to do and deliver on that.
  • Be where your client is. A part of delivering justice technology is making sure your client can use and maintain the technology they ask for.
  • Stay engaged in the community. Listen to podcasts, webinars, follow-up with people on Twitter/LinkedIn, Slack. Be present in the community.
  • Self-care is a critical part of delivering justice. If you take care of yourself, you can take care of another person.
  • Collaborate. We are not alone in our efforts. Reach out and connect with others pursuing justice.
  • It is okay to be just figuring it out. You don't need to have the answer for everything, you can ask for help.
  • There has been a lot of inertia to adopting technology in the justice space, and if ever there was a time to break that inertia, this is the moment.
  • The status quo has shifted, and now is the time to expand our ideas on what solutions look like, empathy prime among them.
  • We ought to seek to maintain improvements in the civil justice system. We should refine those changes and adopt new approaches rather than returning to the status quo.
  • Take money out of police departments and reinvest it into housing and areas the ATJ community is passionate about.
  • Let’s change the system in a very meaningful way.



Follow these ATJ Tech Entrepreneurs

Felicity Conrad (@felicity_conrad)

Sonja Ebron (@SonjaEbron)

Dorna Moini (@dorna_moini)

Miguel Willis (@MiguelElCapiTon)

Georges Clement (@JustFixNYC)

Scott Kelly (@scottgeraldk)

Joseph Schieffer (@josepha2j)

Diego Alcala (@DiegoAlcalaPR)

Amanda Brown (@BDashAmBrow)


Presentation slides and a list of ATJ Tech Entrepreneurs can be found below.

See a recording of the call here: SRLN Justice Tech Working Group Panel Interview.

Want more information? Visit SRLN's Justice Tech Collection, recommend additional resources by emailing [email protected], and join the listservs (note Justice Tech List in notes if you want to join that in addition to main list)