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Legal Rebels Profiles

Quinten Steenhuis used tech expertise and passion for social justice to create tools for legal needs


For nearly 12 years, Steenhuis worked as a senior housing attorney, systems administrator and developer at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he also built Massachusetts Defense for Eviction, which helps pro se tenants defend themselves.

Building Bots: Tom Martin merged a love of law and technology to design custom legal chatbots


Tom Martin created LawDroid Builder, a “no-code” software platform that allows legal organizations to design custom chatbots to intake clients, automate documents and assemble digital tools.

Camila Lopez's People Clerk gives small claims court litigants in California new options

Defense attorneys have a powerful tool to review electronic evidence, thanks to JusticeText


JusticeText reviews video and audio files and generates searchable transcripts of them. The technology uses a speech-to-text machine learning algorithm to process data such as body camera videos and recordings of jailhouse conversations for users.

Lawyers can use Scott Kelly's platform to build tools and apps for their practices

Erin Levine hopes to make divorce less complex, expensive and stressful

When Raffi Melkonian started #AppellateTwitter, he didn't know it would become a strong community

On Demand: Stacy Butler channels passion for legal innovation into i4J incubator


When Stacy Butler, the director of the Innovation for Justice Program, is asked if she will ever practice law again, she doesn’t hesitate to answer. “No,” Butler says. “It was adversarial and antagonistic. It did not feed my soul.”

Data Broker: Josh Blandi's platform gives firms and businesses real-time access to court records and analytics 


Josh Blandi founded UniCourt, which gives law firms and businesses real-time access to court records and legal data for case research and tracking, business development, competitive intelligence and various other purposes.

Developing an Identity: Zachariah DeMeola created a holistic way for law students to find where they fit into the profession

Self-Taught: Courtroom5 founders educate pro se litigants and prepare them for court


Intent on demystifying the process for people representing themselves, Sonja Ebron, who also has a background in artificial intelligence; and Debra Slone, who has a PhD in library and information science, launched Courtroom5 in 2017.

Thought Leader: Natalie Anne Knowlton's research has provided an important foundation for regulatory reform efforts


Natalie Anne Knowlton’s work for the IAALS has provided data and reference for states that have overhauled or are considering modifying their UPL regulations to allow for alternative business structures or limited nonlawyer practice.

True Calling: Ameelio platform helps inmates communicate more easily with family and get an education


Uzoma Orchingwa and Gabriel Saruhashi used their savings to launch the technology nonprofit Ameelio in March 2020. The duo offers families a free mobile app that allows them to send letters into prisons.

Building Bridges: Patrick Palace draws on his experience to demystify technology and push for regulatory reforms


Patrick Palace’s current volunteer work includes serving as vice chair of the ABA Center for Innovation and secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents—two groups with members who sometimes don’t agree on regulation changes in the law.

Freedom Fight: Working tirelessly to free her brother from prison inspired Janis Puracal's Forensic Justice Project


Janis Puracal helps people who are trying to prove their innocence after a conviction. But she also works with clients pretrial to reveal any flawed or misleading forensic evidence to prevent a conviction in the first place.

Locked in: Criminal justice startups tap into generative AI's early promise


As two ABA Journal 2022 Legal Rebels build on their lofty ambitions to create a more equitable criminal justice system, they now have another tool at their disposal: generative AI. They have wasted no time in putting it to use.

Bridging the Gap: Lawyers trying to increase access to justice see promise in generative AI


For lawyers working to close the justice gap, generative artificial intelligence could be a real game changer.

Helping Hand: Generative AI already is making an impact on legal research and writing


Lawyers who expect generative artificial intelligence to significantly impact the practice of law see some of the greatest potential in legal research and writing.

Always on: Will generative AI alleviate burnout or make lawyers more miserable?


History is littered with examples of how hot new technologies meant to make us more productive led to unintended consequences, including stress and burnout. When it comes to generative artificial intelligence, will things play out differently?

Head of the Class: Law schools consider post-ChatGPT coursework


ChatGPT’s unveiling sparked conversations among law faculty, with opinions ranging from banning GPT platforms in certain classes to encouraging experimentation to reconsidering law school pedagogy.

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