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overview

The Justice Innovation Challenge is seeking your bold solution to address important access to justice issues. The challenge—which will be run by the Access to Justice Tech Fellows program and sponsored by the Law School Admission Council—invites law student innovators and entrepreneurs from around the nation to participate in developing practical solutions that address communities’ legal needs for a chance to receive seed funding and mentorship.

what we're looking for

We’re seeking community centered solutions that utilize digital technology, user-centered design, and/or data informed decision making in addressing the gap in legal services. Submissions can span the spectrum of civil justice issues.

Need inspiration on coming up with an idea. Be sure to check out the Project Ideas page for more examples. Solutions can address justice barriers from a geographic community, a community of common interest or a racial/cultural identity.

scope of the challenge

Participants can work individually or in teams on self-generated innovation projects, resulting in initiatives that can directly benefit and in collaboration with a sponsoring non-profit legal services organization. Projects should be aimed to help low-income individuals who need legal support and other resource help for legal issues such as domestic violence, consumer debt, evictions, business entity formation, foreclosures and access to government benefits.

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how to enter

Please read the FAQs for students and Official Rules to answer any of your questions! If something is not clear, please contact mwillis@lsac.org

The submission link on the Justice Innovation Challenge website will not go live until early June, so in the meantime, participants should prepare all their materials based on the requirements of the challenge and simply upload them when the platform goes live. Students can fill out this form to express interest, stay up to date, and receive a notification when the platform goes live!

judging critera

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prizes

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selection process

There are two stages in the Justice Innovation Challenge selection process.

  1. Semi-finalist -Members of the selection team will evaluate applications and select finalists on a rolling basis. We will communicate our decision via email approximately two weeks from the date the application is submitted.

  2. Finalist- The virtual pitch event is limited to 10 teams, which will be selected from the pool of registrants by an esteemed panel of judges. A member of the selection team will schedule a phone call with finalists to discuss the application.

timeline

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Judges

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Judy Perry Martinez

President-Elect

American Bar Association

 
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Chase Hertel

Deputy Director & Counsel

ABA Center for Innovation

 
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Tom Martin

Founder & CEO

LawDroid

 
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Christy Leos

Director of Operations

Internet Bar Organization

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Kellye Testy

President

LSAC

 
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Maya Markovich

Head of Product

Nextlaw Labs

 
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Nicole Bradick

Founder/CEO

Theory and Principle

 
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Jake Heller

Co-founder & CEO

Casetext

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James Sandman

President

Legal Services Corporation

 
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Joshua Lenon

Lawyer in Residence

Clio

 
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Chas Rampenthal

General Counsel

Legal Zoom

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Kristen Sonday

Co-Founder & COO

Paladin

 
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Kristina Jones

Co-Founder

Court Buddy

 
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Elizabeth Grossman

Director of Strategic and National Partnerships, Cities Team

Microsoft

 

Sponsors

 
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