A quick recap of ABA TECHSHOW 2017 will show that this year’s faculty roster had more women than men for the first time ever. Also during the Conference, the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) announced this year’s additions to its growing Women of Legal Tech list. Women continue to make a big impact on legal tech and we are pleased to announce our ten new honorees below.
LTRC’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is intended to encourage diversity and celebrate women in legal technology. This initiative launched in 2015 with a list of innovators and leaders in legal technology and now includes 60 talented and influential women leaders.
Congrats to our class of 2017!
2017 LTRC’s Women of Legal Tech
Sarah currently works as project specialist manager at the new ABA Center for Innovation. Prior to the ABA, she was a research fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Berkman-Klein Center for the Internet. Sarah won a legal rebel and D.C. Legal hackers “le hackie” award in 2016 for her research work exploring open legal information.
Monica is currently an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada where she teaches law students about legal tech and how to build an app. She is now working with them to create a technology fundamentals course targeted to all law students. Monica is also the founder of My Legal Briefcase, one of the first online legal platforms in Canada, and the founder of Aluvion Law, which uses technology to transform the delivery of legal services.
Maura is currently a research professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and principal of Maura Grossman Law in New York, having previously spent 17 years as a litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. For the past decade, Maura has pioneered the use of technology-assisted review (TAR) in eDiscovery, as well as scientific methods to demonstrate its effectiveness. She developed the Continuous Active Learning (or CAL) method for TAR, and has shown its effectiveness through peer-reviewed scientific studies.
Sun is Special Counsel in charge of Technology Initiatives in the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program. She is primarily responsible for authoring, programming, and maintaining the majority of the court system’s 27 DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form document assembly programs available through CourtHelp. These free and easy to use programs have helped hundreds of thousands of low income unrepresented litigants prepare their court forms.
Brooke is the owner of Arkansas Virtual Lawyer and MyVirtual.Lawyer, which use technology to provide simple, affordable legal solutions. She has worked on the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s task force on limited scope representation to advance practical and ethical initiatives that allow attorneys to better serve the needs of today’s legal consumers. She holds leadership positions with the Arkansas Bar Association and participated in the ABA Law Practice Division Fellowship Program in 2015-2016. She is a 2013 graduate of the Arkansas Bar Association Leadership Academy and the 2015 recipient of the Judith Ryan Gray Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
Antonia is an experienced litigation and planning attorney in New Mexico. She developed DivorceNM.com, a software program that allows the user to complete a contested or uncontested divorce online. She also developed an app that creates child support worksheets and alimony worksheets based upon state statutes. This is a simple, affordable and trusted option to unbundle legal services with a combination of lawyers and technology. The project was presented at the National Association of District Courts.
Janine Sickmeyer is CEO and Founder of NextChapter, a legal tech startup helping attorneys prepare bankruptcy documents and manage case files online. She is writing her first book for women of all ages who want to build a business and become a leader in their industry, even if they also plan to become a mom.
Kristen co-founded Paladin, a tech-driven pro bono platform that connects attorneys and law students with personalized pro bono opportunities to increase access to justice. Paladin has grown to about 1,500 users since its launch in January across partner law firms, companies, and law schools, and has served clients including LGBT refugees, domestic violence survivors, immigrants affected by the travel ban, and low-income entrepreneurs. Kristen was named the Code 2040 (backed by Google for Entrepreneurs) Entrepreneur-in-Residence for 1871 in Chicago, working on increasing diversity in tech.
After having successfully built an e-discovery team at Milberg LLP, and a cutting edge technological infrastructure over the last 15 years, Ariana and Paul McVoy spun off and established a standalone litigation tech support company, Meta-e Discovery LLC, in November 2015. Meta-e Discovery LLC provides data hosting, management, and consulting services to law firms and businesses. Their team has developed a customized work flow and uniquely deployed TAR tools to make data review more efficient, effective, and affordable. In January 2017, Ariana was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Yahoo Data Breach litigation pending before Judge Koh in the Northern District of California.
Rochelle is a senior staff attorney and practice management advisor at the DC Bar, where she assists lawyers with practice management and provides guidance in using technology to improve their practices. She spearheaded the first all-day DC Bar event to focus on practice management and technology needs of lawyers: Practice 360°| A Day for Lawyers and Law Firms. She has co-led the Successful Small Firm Practice Series since 2014, which won the 2015 ABA Gambrell Award.
— For a full listing of LTRC’s Women of Legal Tech, please visit the LTRC’s webpage. Next year’s nominations process will open in early 2018. Stay tuned for more information!