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Race & Gender Equity

Race and gender inequity are problems that need solving, perhaps more urgently than any of the other problems driving the innovations on this website.

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We've made a lot of progress, but we've got a lot of hard work ahead of us.

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Artificial Intelligence

AI is one of the most exciting areas for legal innovation right now, once you separate the hype from the reality.

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AI is widely used, but there is still massive unrealized potential.

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Big Data & Business Intelligence

Data is not exactly the new oil, but data analytics can deliver better answers, faster, to help us solve complex problems.

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Data powers many of the services we rely on, but its potential is just beginning to be realized.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Modern ADR is fertile ground for innovation, especially when it comes to technology-enabled forms of ADR.

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ADR is popular and effective, with innovation mostly focused on making it more accessible, including online dispute resolution.

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Shannon Salter, Colin Rule, and Chittu Nagarajan

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Outsourcing

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Outsourcing has become a popular option for law firms and legal departments to quickly add capacity and hire expertise.

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Julia Shapiro, Jules Miller, Alec Guettel, and Mark Harris

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Access to Justice

In many ways this entire website is about attempts to solve aspects of the access-to-justice problem, including access to lawyers, courts, outcomes, and law.

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Still a long way from where we need to be.

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Rebecca Sandefur

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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has changed the way we think about, use, and pay for software.

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Widely accepted as just normal computing now.

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Jack Newton, Larry Port, and Matt Spiegel

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Limited-Scope Representation

Based on the idea that lawyers can do less for clients (but not less than they need) as a way of lowering the cost of hiring a lawyer.

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Limited-scope representation is fairly well known among lawyers, but it is not clear how popular it actually is in practice.

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Forrest (Woody) Mosten

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Legal Education

Increasingly, law schools are looking for opportunities to add courses in legal technology, design thinking, practice management, and other topics designed to prepare graduates for a world in which lawyers must do more than just think about legal problems.

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Caitlin (Cat) Moon

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Regulatory Reform

The ethics rules sometimes get in the way of progress, but some jurisdictions are working to change that.

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Several jurisdictions are considering reforms, and a few are even taking baby steps.

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Quinten Steenhuis

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Legal Education and Access to Justice

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Suffolk University Legal Innovation & Technology Lab

Mary Juetten

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Expert Systems

Felicity Conrad

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Access to Lawyers

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Paladin

Kristen Sonday

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Access to Lawyers

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Paladin

Elmer Masters

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Legal Education

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Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

John Mayer

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Expert Systems and Legal Education

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A2J Author and Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

Nicole Bradick

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Access to Justice

Pablo Arredondo

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Artificial Intelligence

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Casetext

Omar Ha-Redeye

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Legal Education

Nicole Morris

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Legal Education

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Emory Law and TI:GER

Chittu Nagarajan

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Modria

Andrew Arruda

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Artificial Intelligence and Access to Law

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ROSS Intelligence

Laura Safdie

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Artificial Intelligence

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Casetext

Jake Heller

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Artificial Intelligence

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Casetext

Jonathan Pyle

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Expert Systems, Machine Learning, and Access to Outcomes/Solutions

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docassemble

Michael Mills

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Expert Systems

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Neota Logic

Damien Riehl

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Access to Understanding, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data & Business Intelligence

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Standards Advancement for the Legal Industry (SALI) Alliance and Fastcase

Sam Muller

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Access to Justice

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Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL)

Rebecca Sandefur

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Access to Lawyers, Access to Law, and Access to Justice

Michael Sander

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Big Data & Business Intelligence

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Docket Alarm and Fastcase

David Colarusso

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Artificial Intelligence and Legal Education

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Suffolk University Legal Innovation & Technology Lab

Adam Ziegler

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Legal Education

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Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab

Carl Malamud

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Access to Law

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Public.Resource.Org

Thomas R. Bruce

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Access to Law

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The Cornell Legal Information Institute

Itai Gurari

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Artificial Intelligence

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Fastcase

Rian Gavreau

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Cloud Computing

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Clio

Larry Port

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Cloud Computing

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Rocket Matter

Sam Harden

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Access to Justice

Larry Lessig

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Access to Law

Ed Walters

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Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Access to Law

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Fastcase

Jack Newton

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Cloud Computing

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Clio

Mike Lissner

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Access to Law

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Free Law Project

Lainey Feingold

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Accessibility

Alice Armitage

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Legal Education

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UC Hastings Law School

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

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Limited-Scope Representation

Caitlin (Cat) Moon

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Legal Education

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Vanderbilt Law School

Natalie Worsfold

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Artificial Intelligence

Peter Aprile

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Artificial Intelligence

Noah Waisberg

Michele DeStefano

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Legal Education

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LawWithoutWalls

Janine Sickmeyer

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Cloud Computing

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Fastcase and NextChapter

V. David Zvenyach

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Accessibility and Access to Understanding

Joshua Browder

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Artificial Intelligence and Access to Outcomes/Solutions

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DoNotPay

Tim Stanley

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Access to Law, Access to Justice, and Access to Understanding

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FindLaw, Justia, and Public.Resource.Org

Erin Levine

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Limited-Scope Representation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Shantelle Argyle

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Access to Lawyers

Julia Shapiro

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Outsourcing

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Hire an Esquire

Greg Garman

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Outsourcing

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LAWCLERK

Talitha Gray Kozlowski

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Outsourcing

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LAWCLERK

Kristin Tyler

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Outsourcing

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LAWCLERK

Mark Harris

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Outsourcing and Artificial Intelligence

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Axiom

Alec Guettel

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Outsourcing and Artificial Intelligence

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Axiom

Jules Miller

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Outsourcing

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Hire an Esquire

Alma Asay

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Cloud Computing

Ansel Halliburton

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Artificial Intelligence

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Free Law Project

Sarah Sutherland

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Big Data & Business Intelligence and Access to Law

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CanLII

Matt Spiegel

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Cloud Computing

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MyCase

Billie Tarascio

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Limited-Scope Representation and Access to Justice

Shannon Salter

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Alternative Dispute Resolution and Access to Outcomes/Solutions

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British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal and CanLII

Colin Rule

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Modria

Alan Sugarman

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Access to Law

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Paladin

Associated Innovators

Felicity Conrad and Kristen Sonday

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

Associated Innovators

Elmer Masters and John Mayer

A2J Author

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John Mayer

Casetext

Associated Innovators

Laura Safdie, Pablo Arredondo, and Jake Heller

docassemble

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Jonathan Pyle

Fastcase

Associated Innovators

Damien Riehl, Michael Sander, Itai Gurari, Ed Walters, and Janine Sickmeyer

ROSS Intelligence

Associated Innovators

Andrew Arruda

Standards Advancement for the Legal Industry (SALI) Alliance

Associated Innovators

Damien Riehl

Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL)

Associated Innovators

Sam Muller

CanLII

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Sarah Sutherland and Shannon Salter

Docket Alarm

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Michael Sander

Suffolk University Legal Innovation & Technology Lab

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Quinten Steenhuis and David Colarusso

British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal

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Shannon Salter

Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab

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Adam Ziegler

Neota Logic

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Michael Mills

Modria

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Chittu Nagarajan and Colin Rule

Axiom

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Alec Guettel and Mark Harris

Hire an Esquire

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Julia Shapiro and Jules Miller

LAWCLERK

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Kristin Tyler, Talitha Gray Kozlowski, and Greg Garman

Public.Resource.Org

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Tim Stanley and Carl Malamud

DoNotPay

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Joshua Browder

LawWithoutWalls

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Michele DeStefano

FindLaw

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Tim Stanley

Justia

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Tim Stanley

UC Hastings Law School

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Alice Armitage

Free Law Project

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Ansel Halliburton and Mike Lissner

The Cornell Legal Information Institute

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Thomas R. Bruce

LegalZoom

MN Guide & File

TI:GER

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Nicole Morris

Vanderbilt Law School

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Caitlin (Cat) Moon

MyCase

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Matt Spiegel

Rocket Matter

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Larry Port

Clio

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Rian Gavreau and Jack Newton

NextChapter

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Janine Sickmeyer

Published on January 14th, 2021. Last updated on March 3rd, 2021, by Sam Glover.