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COVID mythic equalizer

The COVID-19 pandemic: The mythical equalizer for inequality in society

September 08, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to plague our communities, the legal community has been working tirelessly and desperately to meet the unrelenting demand to mitigate legal issues within the public health, environmental, and economic spheres. The pandemic has affected everyone, forcing people to remain

Student Lawyer: The Justice For All issue

January 31, 2019

On the heels of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, Americans have demonstrated an ideological shift in the way previously-incarcerated individuals are treated, as well as a reevaluation of which activities constitute a crime. This issue of Student Lawyer examines how Americans are reevaluating what justice means in


NextGen Fellowship: A new kind of good

January 18, 2018

I am not alone at the ABA Center for Innovation. I am privileged to work alongside some incredibly talented fellows from all over the U.S. They are responsible for a diverse set of projects, in fields including digital privacy, conversational interfaces, machine learning, and blockchain. All our projects are designed to help close the access to justice gap.


A community approach to addressing veterans' legal needs

November 11, 2016

The question seems simple: How do we address veterans' legal needs and other intersecting issues?  Attempting to answer that question would be like peeling an onion – one layer after another. Veterans Administration National Coordinator Jessica Blue-Howells suggested reliance on service providers like the VA, specifically touting the benefits of the

Legal Incubator

The incubator alternative: New post-grad options in the legal field

April 22, 2016

The world’s first incubator was launched in Batavia, N.Y. following the shutdown of the region’s largest employer, Massey-Ferguson, in 1956, leaving vacant an 850,000 square foot building and 20 percent of the community unemployed.  After failing to find a sole tenant, the subsequent property owner, Joseph Mancuso, came up with an

Can you hack this?

March 01, 2016

The Seattle Legal Tech Startup Weekend, a weekend-long hackathon, was premised on the idea that technological disruption to the legal industry couldn’t come fast enough.