Innovator in Residence, Future of the Profession Initiative
He concurrently serves as the Executive Director of Access to Justice Tech Fellows (A2J Tech Fellows), a national nonprofit organization that develops summer fellowships for law students seeking to leverage technology to create equitable legal access for low-income and marginalized populations. Immediately prior to joining FPI, Willis served as the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow.
Willis earned a degree in Political Science from Howard University. While completing his undergraduate degree, Willis worked with the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation. He is a 2017 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law.
Following law school, Willis held posts at the City of Seattle, Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, where he assisted on legal content and strategy for the creation of a Citizenship web portal, as well as at the Alaska Court System, where he developed its Justice for All Project.
Willis’ entrepreneurial spirit, drive to innovate, and commitment to diversity and access to justice earned him recognition by the American Bar Association as a 2018 Legal Rebel and 2019 Fastcase 50 honoree. He teaches a course in Law, Technology, and Access to Justice.
Willis currently serves on the advisory board of University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s Innovation for Justice (i4J) program and serves on The Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council.