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ABA Innovation Seeks Fellows

Tuesday, December 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Mack
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The ABA Center on Innovation is sourcing its first cohort of NextGen Fellows for the following challenges:

  • Improve Access to Justice
  • Use technology to address an urgent legal need
  • Design a better legal service delivery method
  • Help the public access legal information more easily
  • Give lawyers tools to work better, faster, and cheaper
  • Reduce the backlog in the courts
  • Address an urgent need in the community
  • Design solutions for self-represented litigants

Recent law grads are encouraged to apply for a year-long opportunity to co-create with creative legal technical folks in Chicago.  There is also an opportunity for allied professionals who are not law grads to apply for a 9-12 week immersive commitment.  Sponsors are welcome, and while the desire for open IP is celebrated, the Center will work with more traditional models.


The list of advisors for the Center includes former ABA presidents, William Hubbard and Bill Neukom, Stanford fellow, Margaret Hagen, Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Ed Walters of Fastcase, and Jordan Furlong, principal with Law21 among a long list of other legal innovators. 

Andrew Perlman, Dean of Suffolk University Law School, will chair the Governing Council. Janet Jackson, formerly the director of the ABA’s Office of the President, will serve as managing director of the Center. According to Perlman, one of the Center’s first projects is assisting the ABA Judicial Division in implementing a court-annexed online dispute resolution pilot program in New York.

Ken Grady of Seytlines challenged our legal community to come up with the equivalent of a moonshot and lamented the submissions he received on making more money rather than addressing gaping and existential needs. 


Mary Mack, Executive Director of ACEDS said, “Here’s hoping the ABA Center for Innovation will produce, and protect solutions that go to the heart of justice and reflect our collaborative, creative legal technical community.”

Applications are due before Legal Tech NY, January 31, 2017.

Disclosure:  The ABA includes a member benefit of a substantial discount on BARBRI’s ACEDS training and certification.

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