ABA Journal

Legal Rebels Profiles

176 ABA Journal Legal Rebels Profiles articles.

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.

The founders of SimpleCitizen resolve to streamline the immigration process

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Meet the 2019 Legal Rebels

When the ABA Journal named the first class of Legal Rebels 10 years ago, the legal industry was undergoing rapid transformation. Ten years later, it’s clear that many of the same issues that drove the original class of Legal Rebels to look for solutions outside the mainstream are still prevalent.

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.

Young lawyers can be technophobes too, says legal tech entrepreneur Monica Goyal

Many lawyers are reluctant to adopt new legal technology, says Monica Goyal, who developed platforms including My Legal Briefcase, which helps parties in the Canadian small claims courts, and Aluvion Law, which uses automation to cut legal services costs for small businesses.

Could 80 percent of cases be resolved through online dispute resolution? (podcast)

Perhaps in five to seven years, as Colin Rule sees it, half of U.S. citizens who file court cases will have access to online dispute resolution software walking them step by step through their matters, resolving up to 80 percent of cases.

Billie Tarascio: Her law firm is her lab

Billie Tarascio is experimenting on her law firm for the profession’s greater good.

Basha Rubin and Mirra Levitt: Doing it with data

While business owners and in-house counsels usually find outside counsels through referrals, Basha Rubin says that often doesn’t lead to a good result in terms of cost and experience. The New York City lawyer believes that data can fill the gap.

Miguel Willis: Bringing law to the last frontier

Miguel Willis is only 29, and he’s already created his own job—twice.

Michele Mirto: Stepping up A2J while cutting cost

Michele Mirto’s commitment to access to justice started as a little girl. Her parents drove home the importance of community involvement by leading their kids to donate to the food bank and homeless shelter.

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