Legal Rebels Archive


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Reinventing the staid field of legal academic writing

Legal academic publishing isn't synonymous with innovation. The mere mention of it can, for some, bring up repressed memories of the most banal and stuffy aspects of law school. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to change that.


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Finding your niche: How one lawyer built a practice by defending a notorious accused hacker

Leaving BigLaw to start his own firm in 2011, Tor Ekeland quickly learned that his legal education was insufficient for the task at hand.


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Diversity in the legal tech community has been slow but steady

The year 2017 was hailed as the "Year of Women in Legal Tech" based on a few high-profile acquisitions and hires.


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Expunging records with new technology


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Exploring new frontiers in research for the legal industry


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Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri joined forces and took on Chapter 7 bankruptcy

When growing up, Rohan Pavuluri and Jonathan Petts never had reason to think much about Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both came from well-off families and graduated from Ivy League universities.


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Gina Clayton-Johnson helps women who know what it’s like to have a family member locked up

When Catalina Palacios got an email nominating her to join Essie Justice Group, she didn’t know why.


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Keith Lee couldn't find a place online where lawyers could communicate freely—so he created it

With the rise of Twitter and hashtags like #lawtwitter, more lawyers around the world are connected and engaged in public discussions about the law.


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The founders of SimpleCitizen resolve to streamline the immigration process

Thanks to love—and subpar customer service—immigration is getting simpler.


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Dorna Moini’s software helps legal aid groups and law firms automate users’ form-filling

When Dorna Moini was an associate at Sidley Austin from 2015 to 2017, she welcomed the opportunity to do pro bono work. But the repetitive nature of the job—filling out applications for domestic violence restraining orders—seemed like a waste when her firm was charging hundreds of dollars an hour for her time.


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A seminal 1990s event sparked Colin Starger’s devotion to aiding criminal defendants, inmates

Not many people can point to one defining moment that alters the course of their life. Colin Starger can—it was the brutal beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police in 1991.


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With Kimball Dean Parker’s tools, people are better able to access the justice system

Kimball Dean Parker’s first legal technology business was not a moneymaker. But it planted a seed.


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Cynthia Conti-Cook crunches the numbers to hold NYPD accountable for misconduct

The framed indictment hangs on Cynthia Conti-Cook's office wall.


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Lawyers, organizations design task-automation software with Jonathan Pyle’s Docassemble

At age 7, Jonathan Pyle taught himself to write computer programs by reading a book about BASIC for kids.


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Mississippi ranks last when it comes to access to justice; Tiffany Graves hopes to change that

Growing up in a working-class household and with a large extended family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Tiffany Graves knows what it looks like when a lawyer’s services are out of reach.


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How experiential learning in law schools became widely accepted

When Rodney Smolla was featured as a Legal Rebel in 2009, he was in the midst of leading an innovative plan at Washington and Lee University School of Law, which involved eliminating traditional third-year coursework and replacing it with experiential learning.


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What's your brand? Max Miller has some thoughts

It's good to be seen as a "thought leader," but don't call yourself that in marketing materials, says lawyer, professor and small business owner Max Miller.


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Avvo founder unwinds as he thinks about the next step


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David Van Zandt has made a career out of touching third rails in higher education

When David Van Zandt became dean of what is now Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law in 1995, he faced a steep learning curve. Up until then, he had never managed an organization of more than a few people.


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Nonprofit law pioneer applauds 'low bono' growth

Before they were buzzwords, Luz Herrera was a pioneer in the world of "low bono" practice, nonprofit law firms and legal incubators. All three innovations have blossomed and spread across the country since then.


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