Legal Rebels Profiles

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

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Legal Rebels 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. They strongly think that the law shouldn’t discriminate based on income.

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

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“I realized that there’s a big problem with mass incarceration that we’re not seeing as much research on—that one in four women have a family member in prison,” says Legal Rebel Gina Clayton-Johnson, founder of the Essie Justice Group.

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

The founders of SimpleCitizen resolve to streamline the immigration process

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

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

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Legal Rebel Colin Starger, a 2002 Columbia Law School graduate, introduced the SCOTUS Mapping Project, an online tool that allows users to chart competing lines of Supreme Court majority and dissenting opinions.

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

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

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As a staff attorney at the special litigation unit at the New York Legal Aid Society, a reminder of Cynthia Conti-Cook’s father’s indictment is the cornerstone of a career that seeks justice by speaking truth to power through litigation and data.

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

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In 2015, Jonathan Pyle built Docassemble, a free, open-source platform for expert systems and document assembly. People use it to assemble filings for a variety of legal issues, including divorce, eviction and Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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

Nothing is off-limits for this California bar task force

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The group, which laid the groundwork for what could become the largest modern reform to the state’s professional rules potentially set a road map for others around the country.

Thanks to Legal Hackers, hackathons are an important tool for making law more accessible

An LSC grant program is trying to increase access to justice through tech

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The Technology Initiative Grant Program awards regional LSC offices money for creating technology plans that help low-income people with their legal needs.

Measures for Justice brings about reform by traveling the country to record criminal justice data

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Staffers of travel the country unearthing, cleaning and publishing county-level criminal justice data in what they hope will be each of America’s 3,141 boroughs, counties, independent cities, parishes and the District of Columbia.

How patent lawyer Raj Abhyanker developed a $8.5M book of business with Trademarkia

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Patent Attorney, Legal Force, Palo Alto, California

Gerald Abila's Barefoot Law helps Ugandans use smartphones to learn about their legal rights

Founder

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Barefoot Law

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Kampala, Uganda

Ken Adams: Word Miser

: Educating lawyers to be better writers

Founder and President, Adams Contracts Consulting, Garden City, New York

Legal writing pro is helping teach AI to draft contracts (podcast)

Founder and President

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Adams Contracts Consulting

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Long Island, New York

'You can't incarcerate away drug problems,' says Ann Aiken, who proposed a tech tool for parolees

Chief judge

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U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

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Eugene, Oregon

Ryan Alshak: Keeping time so you don’t have to

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Ryan Alshak

CEO

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Ping

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Berkeley, California

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