Podcast category: Access to Justice

Law Technology Now

ImmigrationJustice.us: How Lawyers can Respond to Trump’s Immigration Laws

The new Executive Orders on immigration introduced by the Trump Administration have pushed some lawyers to act on behalf of immigrants in need of legal help. But many lawyers who want to help don’t know where to start. In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay talks to Chad Burton and Ed Walters about the creation of ImmigrationJustice.us, a website built to organize legal professionals who are seeking ways to volunteer their services. They discuss how the website was built in a single night for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the team involved in its creation, and the template that they hope can be used for similar issues in the future. They conclude the episode by saying how important groups of active trendsetters, like the ABA Center for Innovation, will drive change within law.

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C. Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown into one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world.

Chad Burton is the CEO of Curolegal and is a former litigator who developed one of the nation’s first “new model” law firms, leveraging cloud-based technology and modern business practices to develop a lean virtual law firm. He also serves on the Governing Board for ABA’s Center for Innovation.

On the Road

ABA TECHSHOW 2017: ABA Center for Innovation Takes on Access to Justice

The legal community has dedicated an increasing amount of energy and resources to improving access to justice in recent years. In this report from On the Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Judy Perry Martinez about the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, including its mission to improve access to justice and its fellowship program. For those interested in being a fellow, their discussion includes what qualities the program looks for and the sponsors involved in the process.

Judy Perry Martinez is the chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services.

On the Road

ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Rocket Lawyer Aims to Improve Access to Justice

Though it is one of the legal tech companies that is making lawyers nervous, the ultimate goal of Rocket Lawyer is to make it more affordable and simple for clients to connect with lawyers. In this report from On The Road, host Bob Ambrogi talks to Charley Moore, CEO of Rocket Lawyer, about the functions and goals of the company. While they are not a law firm themselves, Rocket Lawyer aims to make lawyers more accessible to those that need them the most.

Charley Moore is the founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer. His experience as a startup company attorney taught him that something was missing—an affordable and simple way to handle any legal situation.

On the Road

ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Why Robots Won’t Take Lawyer Jobs

The panel was called “The Startups Are Building Robot Lawyers” but they unanimously concluded that this is not the case. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Andrew Arruda, Shamla Naidoo, and Ed Walters about artificial intelligence and how technology is helping lawyers, not replacing them. They end their discussion with a call for open-mindedness toward and collaboration with technology in the legal industry.

Andrew Arruda is the ‎CEO and co-founder of ROSS Intelligence, the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney.

Shamla Naidoo is IBM’s Vice President of IT Risk and Chief Information Security Officer.

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company.

Thinking Like a Lawyer - Above the Law

Biglaw Steps Up for Child Coming To America

Elie and Joe talk to Gordon Caplan, co-chair of Willkie Farr, about the firm’s representation of Alma Kashkooli, a 12-year-old Iranian girl coming to the U.S. for highly specialized eye surgery in the midst of the administration’s travel ban. From arguments in the Turkish airport, to seniors waiting on the courthouse steps to file emergency motions, the saga of aiding this little girl shows the importance of Biglaw pro bono work for people in need.

On the Road

ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Decline of American Jury Trials

Alan Dimond, chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the American Jury, joins Laurence Colletti in this report from On The Road to discuss the commission and why the number of trials in the U.S. seems to have fallen so dramatically. According to their preliminary report, there are financial, sentencing, and other contributing reasons for fewer trials in the states, and the commission is investigating whether this is something that the ABA can and/or should try to change.

Alan Dimond is a lawyer at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP. Prior to that he was a trial lawyer for the local county government in Miami-Dade, FL.

On the Road

ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Civil Justice for All

A committee was established by the Conference of Chief Justices with the goal of finding ways to improve the cost and efficiency of the civil justice system. In this report from On the Road, host Laurence Colletti interviews members of that committee including Judge Bailey, Dean Lieberman, Chief Justice Balmer, and Chief Justice Jefferson. Together, they discuss their report which details 13 ways state court systems can improve civil cases. These recommendations range from curbing excessive discovery to simply using time effectively.

Judge Jennifer D. Bailey has been a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade, Florida, for twenty-four years. She is the Administrative Judge for the 25-judge Circuit Civil Division, and handles a docket of complex business litigation cases.

Hannah Lieberman joined the David A. Clarke School of Law as associate dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs in September, 2016, bringing to the position broad experience as a leader and litigator in the public interest sector. In her new position, Ms. Lieberman will lead the clinical faculty team to further develop the Law School’s exemplary clinical and experiential programs.

Thomas A. Balmer was elected by his colleagues as Oregon’s 43rd Chief Justice and began service on May 1, 2012.  He was first appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2001; he was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008 and 2014.

Wallace Bernard Jefferson is the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, who served from 2004 until October 1, 2013. In October 2013, he joined the law firm of Alexander Dubose Jefferson Townsend LLP, as a name partner.

Lawyerist Podcast

#92: Access to Justice Through Fotonovelas and Video Games, with Susan Garcia Nofi


I think being a lawyer, I was very focused on that we have to help people when they get in a courtroom, but there’s a lot that happens before you get to the courtroom.—Susan Garcia Nofi

On this week’s podcast, Sam and Aaron talk about just how to actually measure the access to justice gap. Then, Sam talks with Susan Garcia Nofi about using fotonovelas and video games to increase access to justice.

Susan Garcia Nofi is the executive director of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Susan speaks Spanish and is a member of the bar in the State of Connecticut and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Susan serves on the Boards of Directors of the Community Fund for Women and Girls, and the New Haven County Bar Association. Susan is also a member of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Commission, the Connecticut Judicial Branch Pro Bono Committee, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association.

On the Road

State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting: The Michigan Legal Help Program

When it comes to civil legal matters, sometimes an individual may have to represent themselves in the court of law. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks with Michigan Legal Help Program Project Manager Angela Tripp, State Bar of Michigan Practice Management Advisor JoAnn Hathaway, and Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program Administrator Tish Vincent about the Michigan Legal Help Program and how they are working to increase access to justice and fill the legal gap.

Angela Tripp has been the project manager of the Michigan Legal Help Program since 2011, and co-managing attorney of the Michigan Poverty Law Program since 2010. She transitioned into these roles after working with Legal Services of South Central Michigan since 2005, first as a staff attorney and then as a managing attorney in the Lansing field office.

Lawyerist Podcast

#54: Open Access to Law, with Sarah Glassmeyer & Ed Walters


“In its own raw native state, there’s not a whole lot [the law] can do to promote access to justice.”

Sarah Glassmeyer is trying to get to the bottom of open access to law, and Ed Walters is trying to build a company based on access to that law. Both share their frustrations and wishes for open access on today’s podcast. Plus, lawyers are terrible at client intake. News at 11.

If ignorance of the law is no excuse (and we all know it isn’t), it stands to reason that everyone should be able to go find out what the law is. And in 2016, that means putting the law online in a usable format.

Sarah Glassmeyer has been spending a year trying to figure out what primary law is available online, and you can check out the results on her website. On today’s podcast, she talks about the state of open access to law, including the important distinction between content and containers.

Ed Walters is the CEO of Fastcase. On today’s podcast, he talks about how closed-off primary law stifles innovation. (It takes 80% of Fastcase’s employees to keep the database updated.) And just days after we recorded, Fastcase sued Casemaker for access to Georgia law.

We also talk about the important differences between access to law, access to lawyers, and access to justice.

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