Meet Our Team
Founder & CEO
Joseph is the founder and CEO of A2J Tech. Joseph can be found collaborating with advocates to develop user-centered solutions. As both a project manager and a programmer, Joseph is able to efficiently design and implement technology projects. Joseph has presented at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Conference, the Legal Services Corporation Innovations in Technology Conference, the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, and the LGBTQ Legal Aid Summit. Joseph is a co-founder of Denver Legal Hackers.
Joseph has earned the Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute and the Certified ScrumMaster designation from Scrum Alliance. He holds a MS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy. Joseph enjoys exploring Colorado's outdoors and coaching his kids' youth sports teams. Follow Joseph on Twitter @josephA2J
Mauricio Duarte is a lawyer from Guatemala with an LL.M. from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and serves as a Justice Entrepreneur with A2J Tech. Mauricio has a deep background in startups, venture capital, international arbitration, and alternate dispute mechanisms. Before joining A2J Tech he focused primarily on using technology to solve disputes. His previous experience led him to become a Fellow in the Kleros Fellowship of Justice in Law & Society, a TAG Alliances Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Specialty Group Member, Ambassador at Arbitrator Intelligence, a recent member of the Asian International Arbitration Centre Technology Expert Committee, and a member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center Young Professionals Steering Committee.
In addition to A2J Tech, Mauricio keeps his practice advising technology startups and technology companies. Also he is the co-founder of Guatemala Legal Hackers and Legal Hackers Podcast (in Spanish). Outside of his working life, Mauricio is a marathon runner and triathlete.
Laciey is a human-centered designer for A2J Tech. She performs the research and evaluation of how people use technology that informs our design decisions. She liaises with community partners for our internship and hiring programs.
As a single mother and survivor of domestic violence, she is passionate about helping low-income families get access to resources that they desperately need. Laciey utilizes her first-hand experience as a client of programs for low-income earners to design solutions to improve access to justice.
Scout Batz is a designer for A2J Tech. She provides graphic design, web design, and video production for A2J Tech Store and its clients. Scout holds a Bachelor's of Architecture in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.
Scout is an artist in several disciplines. She sings in her church choir and enjoys watercolor painting. See some of Scout's graphic design and video production work.
UX & Service Designer
Triana is a UX & Service Designer. She specializes in creating simple experiences out of complex processes. Previously she served as the lead product manager for the Judicial Council of California's first interactive digital tool and helped design digital services. She is also currently a Project Lead for US Digital Response, assisting governments to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
In her spare time, you can find her rock climbing, playing soccer, and traveling around the good ole US of A in her self-built camper van.
Laura Valenton Steinbach
Legal Innovator and Developer
Laura is a Legal Innovator and Developer at A2J Tech. She is a lawyer turned developer, working with legal aid organizations and law firms to leverage technology in their practice. She specializes in document automation services, productizing legal services, and project management.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University of Law. Laura enjoys volunteering with pro bono work, reading, running and playing videos games.
David is a developer for A2J Tech. He primarily works on complex document automation and other software development projects. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Computer Information Systems.
His background involves policy and technology consulting in the non-profit education sector. SCUBA-Diving, photography, and traveling are among his favorite pastimes. Currently, he lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lezlie is a Project Manager for A2J Tech. Lezlie specializes in business process improvement, grant and project management, intake systems, and pro bono services. Serving as the Director of Business Administration for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services strengthened Lezlie’s commitment to access to justice and gave her firsthand experience with the resource challenges inherent in the legal aid system. Lezlie uses her over 20 years of process improvement experience to help organizations maximize the impact of the resources while preserving the client experience.
Lezlie holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and a JD, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law
Victoria Pan is a Legal Innovator at A2J Tech. Her previous experiences working within the field of international human rights inspires her passion for increasing access to justice, one step at a time. At A2J Tech, she primarily focuses document automation and technology assessment services, as well as project management.She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Belmont University and a J.D./L.L.M. from the Cornell School of Law. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys over-complicated baking projects and video games.
Devan is a data analyst for A2J Tech. He brings technical expertise to the processing, design, quality, and accuracy of data. Devan’s primary goal is to help people, businesses, and organizations make better decisions using data.
Devan graduated with a BA in Political Science with a minor in Communication from the University of South Florida. He has experience working in law firms ranging from large private firms to legal aid assisting low-income individuals. Outside of work, Devan enjoys cooking/baking, playing games with friends, and watching the newest Netflix shows.
UX / UI Designer
Ritica Ramesh (she/her) is a UX / UI Designer at A2J Tech and an immigrant on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish nations in Vancouver, Canada. Ritica is a criminal-justice researcher turned designer and has worked on on several campaigns for gender justice, migrant labor rights, and the prison-industrial complex. She is an advocate for transformative justice and is passionate about using design thinking to reduce barriers to technology in low-income and other marginalized communities. In her free time, you can find her reading, cooking, or exploring the outdoors on her bike!
Bailey is a UX/UI designer and project manager for A2J Tech. Their work focuses on the intersection of art, technology, and education, with a commitment to social-emotional learning and anti-oppressive practices. Prior to A2J Tech, Bailey worked in public education in Brooklyn, NY as a media and visual arts educator and deputy dean of special education. They championed media literacy for their students, forming collaborations with PBS Student Reporting Labs and WNET to create original journalistic content. Prior to teaching, Bailey was a video producer for trend forecasting company WGSN.
They hold an undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art & Design and a graduate degree from CUNY Brooklyn College. Bailey enjoys surfing, reading MAD magazine, and taking things apart to see how they work.