Legal Rebels Profiles

2020 Legal Rebels: It takes a team

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Photo illustration by Brenan Sharp/ABA Journal; Logo by Jon Valk and Jim Starr; Shutterstock

Wait. Didn’t we just do Legal Rebels?

Yes. In the September-October 2019 issue, we recognized our class of 13 rebels representing 10 companies, firms, nonprofits or startups.

Beginning with the 2020 class, we decided to move Legal Rebels to February-March. The main reason was to align Legal Rebels with ABA Techshow, which takes place during those months. While Legal Rebels is not meant to be purely about technology, there is an undeniable link between the two, and many of our prior rebels have come from that sector. In fact, for our most recent class of rebels, nine of 10 honorees were involved with technology of some sort. And as we’ll see in the upcoming pages, the use of technology as a means of democratizing the law and increasing access to justice continues to drive the innovative individuals and groups who are changing the practice of law.

To mark this new beginning for Legal Rebels, we decided to try something new. Whereas prior classes have mostly featured individuals with the occasional team thrown in, we decided that 2020’s class would be made up entirely of teams. The following teams consist of lawyers, entrepreneurs, academics and others all working toward a common goal.

Whether it’s trying to bring about reforms in the legal profession or augmenting the existing practice of law, these rebels show that even if you can do something on your own, sometimes it’s better to be part of a team.

Read profiles of each team of rebels:

The State Bar of California’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation in Legal Services

The Legal Services Corp.’s Technology Initiative Grants Program

Legal Hackers

Measures for Justice

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