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News Posted on April 20, 2020

Alison Corn '20 awarded second place in international Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational

Alison Corn ’20 took second place in the Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational, an international competition for student-created tech solutions aimed at bridging the justice gap. The event was held remotely on April 17 by Georgetown Law School. UC Davis Law Adjunct Professor Diana Glick ’07 served as Corn’s academic mentor for the competition.

Corn’s project, the “Domestic Violence Next Steps Advisor” app, already is in use at the Yolo County Superior Court Self-Help Center. The app helps self-represented litigants figure out next steps after filing domestic violence court documents, when the process can become daunting. Corn based the app on her experiences working with domestic violence survivors as part of Professor Kelly Behre’s Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic.

“I wanted to create the app in order to accomplish three things,” Corn said. “To lessen the re-traumatization domestic violence survivors experience proceeding through their court cases; improve the efficiency of the Yolo County Superior Court Self-Help Center; and increase accessibility so a broader range of court users can access justice."

Included with Corn’s second-place finish is a $2,500 award to the Yolo court. “With the additional funding, we can expand its use to other users and court-case types,” Corn said of the app.

Corn also recently was inducted into the Order of Barristers.