The 7th Annual Access to Justice Conference:

Transforming Legal Incubators and Virtual Law Practice 

Presented by The Consortium for Access to Justice and 

Hosted Online by Concord Law School at Purdue University Global

July 24, 2019, 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

 

Anne-Marie Rábago

 

Anne-Marie Rábago is Director of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) at the State Bar of Texas. In under three years, TOJI served 69 Texas lawyers to help start and build 71 solo, small, and nonprofit firms. In 2019, TOJI pivoted to become the first statewide, virtually delivered incubator. Prior to TOJI, Anne-Marie was Director of the Access to Law Initiative at California Western School of Law (CWSL), an Adjunct Professor of Federal Income Tax at CWSL, and Faculty for Solo Practice University. She started Rábago Business & Tax Law, APC, in 2009 and spent the next seven years advising hundreds of small business owners. For this work, Super Lawyers® named her a Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and licensed in Texas and California.

 

Bob Seibel

 

Bob Seibel is a retired clinical law professor and founded the Access to Law Initiative, an incubator program at California Western School of Law, in 2012.  He also was a co-founder of the Consortium for Access to Justice and serves as its treasurer and secretary.  He is Chair of the Advisory Board of People's Legal Services in San Diego and worked closely with Anthony Medina to establish it as a sliding scale non-profit law firm to serve constituencies throughout the community that do not have access to legal help in civil matters.  Bob graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and worked at Ropes & Gray law firm in Boston before commencing his career in clinical teaching.  He taught at Cornell Law School, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, and California Western School of Law as well as several others.  He helped found the Clinical Legal Education Association, a national organization of clinical teachers, and served as co-president of that organization.

Brooke Moore

 

Brooke Moore is the Founder of MyVirtual.Lawyer, an online law firm model providing flat fee and subscription-based limited scope services to self-represented litigants, individuals, and small businesses. After establishing the MVL brand in Arkansas she co-founded MVL Licensing, an LLC providing attorneys in other jurisdictions the opportunity to leverage the MVL brand, systems, and processes to implement limited scope, virtual components into their firms. She has also leveraged her experiences in law and life to co-found {Shift}her, a unique mindset-centric mastermind model created by women, for women to collaboratively level up in business and life. 

Brooke has worked on the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s task force on limited scope representation and serves on the UALR Bowen School of Law Rural Incubator Committee and as Chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Continuing Education Committee. She is a 2013 graduate of the Arkansas Bar Association Leadership Academy and a 2015 recipient of the Judith Ryan Gray Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She was a 2015-16 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fellow and currently serves as a member of the ABA TECHSHOW Board and on the ABA Law Practice Division Council.  

In 2017 she was named as an American Bar Association Women in Legal Tech honoree and received the Fastcase 50 Award. She is a nationally recognized speaker and author on topics related to limited scope representation, virtual lawyering, legal technology, and well-being.

 
 

Catherine Tang

 

Catherine Tang is the co-founder of LegalMe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people through education on business, law, and marketing. She embarked on her law school journey with the vision of helping others in positions of injustice and runs a modern trademark and business law firm.

She believes that legal representation should be accessible, efficient, and effective. 

 

Chris Gassman

 

Chris is the Chief Commercialization Officer of Management and Legal Associates LLC, a service disabled veteran owned business helping solve business problems in highly regulated and sensitive places.  He hosts interviews with CEOs about doing well by doing good on The Market And The Good Podcast.  His 5yr BHAG: Help generate $1T in Revenue by making the world a thriving place for all. 

Chris Gassman is a revenue generator and social intrapreneur with a decade of experience growing companies sustainably.  Examples include: created a supply chain Science-Based Target and a Climate Action Plan for the leading foodservice company, coached a leading charity to further align their investments with their values, helped start 4 inclusion Incubators in 3 States and tapped to catalyze more, coached 400+ professionals 1:1 to work / job search more in alignment with their values.

Chris earned his MBA / JD joint degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science.

 

Cynthia Chandler

 

Cynthia Chandler has dedicated her life to achieving gender and racial justice while challenging violence in all its forms, including imprisonment. Cynthia is a founder, coach, and life-learner with over 25 years’ experience as a social entrepreneur, activist, academic, and attorney. As Director of BALI | Bay Area Legal Incubator, Cynthia Chandler’s work is 90% fairy godmother and 10% fixer – she makes attorneys’ dreams come true while keeping them out of trouble and promoting social justice. BALI is an Oakland, California-based, social-mission, legal incubator launched by the Alameda County Bar Association in collaboration with five California law schools to accelerate the development of affordable, community law practices.

 

Daniela Mihaylova

 

Daniela Mihaylova is a lawyer, member of the Sofia Bar Association since 1996. Since the same year she is affiliated with legal programs of civil organizations and as of 2006 leads the legal program of the Equal Opportunities Initiative Association. Daniela works on strategic litigation cases focused on discrimination on the base of ethnic origin both on the national level and before international court authorities. In the last years, her work is focused on the housing rights of the Roma minority in Bulgaria. It includes the provision of legal representation in cases of forced evictions and demolitions of only-homes, analyses of Bulgarian and international legislation and protection measures, elaboration of legislative proposals, and advocacy. She also works on legislative proposals for amendments of the internal legal framework in line with the international and EU legislation. Daniela has graduated from Sofia University Law school in 1995 and took postgraduate qualification at Columbia Law School in NY on Public Interest Law program. She was awarded as Human of the Year in 2015.

Fred Rooney

 

Fred’s work demonstrates his lifelong commitment to social justice in the United States and around the globe.  He has been credited with creating the first legal incubator model for training new lawyers and for being a catalyst in the transformation of legal education in the US.  His work in the development of post-graduate legal education and the powerful incubator that he began in 2007 are forcing law schools to rethink their responsibility to their graduates and to the millions of individuals in the US who lack access to justice.  His work is innovative and entrepreneurial and is impacting on an ever-growing number of people in the US and abroad.

In June 2013, Fred completed a 10-month Fulbright in the Dominican Republic where he launched the first law school incubator outside of the United States.  Three months later, the American Bar Journal named Fred a "2013 Legal Rebel" and recognized him as "'the Father of Incubators." 

On February 5, 2014, he was added to the roster of Fulbright Specialists.  As a Specialist, he traveled to Pakistan on six occasions to conceptualize and help launch an incubator for Pakistani law graduates.  His work then took him to Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar where he helped launch an incubator for young Bulgarians.  Once the global pandemic subsides, he will continue his travels around the globe to promote access to justice for all.  When home in Pennsylvania, Fred volunteers his time volunteering at two hospice programs in the Lehigh Valley.

 
 

Henderson Banks

 

Henderson Banks is native of the Westside of Chicago and the Founding Partner of Henderson Banks Law, a small law- firm located in downtown Chicago. Henderson worked as a Labor and Employment Specialist for Amazon and Walgreens, before launching his own firm in 2017. Henderson received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he also received a certificate in labor and employment. He concentrates his practice on labor and employment and personal injury. Henderson has also maintained his passion for music as a rap artist while practicing law.

 

Jack Newton

 

As the CEO and Co-founder of Clio and a pioneer in cloud-based legal technology, Jack Newton has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on the security, ethics, and privacy issues surrounding cloud computing, and has become a nationally recognized writer and speaker on these topics. He co-founded and is President of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), a consortium of leading cloud computing providers with a mandate to help accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the legal industry, and is the author of The Client-Centered Law Firm, a bestseller that's helping law firms thrive in today's experience-driven era. 

Jack has been recognized as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and Clio has been recognized by many national and international awards for its culture, management, customer support and rapid growth rate, including Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, and Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures. He was also named a 2019 Fellow to the College of Law Practice Management, sits on the board of ROSS Intelligence, an AI-powered legal research provider, and is an investor and advisor to early-stage legal tech startups.

 

Jason Baguio

 

Jason came to MIT as a visiting artist (film-maker). He parlayed the things he learned at MIT to create a knowledge management application that made it easy to organize texts, emails, events, and documents into a searchable “client story” to work with his attorney more effectively on a personal legal matter. That application has evolved into a platform that makes it easy for attorneys to collaborate with clients, legal teams, and legal networks in a secure, shared workspace in real-time, to build each case from Intake through Discovery, Drafting, Filing, and Closure.

After meeting Len Zandrow and becoming a member of the Justice Bridge community, Jason developed a deep passion for and dedication to improving access to justice for those that need it.​

JenEece M. Phillips

 

Ms. Phillips is a California licensed Attorney, committed to zealous advocacy. Ms. Phillips earned her law degree from the American Heritage University of Southern California, School of Law. 

Ms. Phillips worked for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) where she actively participated in litigation on behalf of students subjected to racially discriminatory discipline and transfer policies that resulted in the disproportionate expulsion of minority students. Ms. Phillips also negotiated a legally compliant Language Access Plan with the Housing Authority to provide limited English proficient individuals access to services in their own language. 

Ms. Phillips has represented hundreds of clients in claims ranging from wage and hour issues, wrongful termination and retaliation, sexual harassment, discrimination, FMLA/ADA violations, and other employment-related disputes.  Ms. Phillips founded E-Justice Project as a way to make legal services accessible to California employees, especially those who are often left out of the quest for Justice.

 
 

Jessica Bednarz

 

Jessica Bednarz is the Director of Innovation & the JEP at The Chicago Bar Foundation. Jessica directs special projects to advance innovation in the practice of law, including the CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation. She is also responsible for leading and overseeing all activities of the CBF’s legal incubator - Justice Entrepreneurs Project. In her free time, she enjoys exploring different parts of the U.S. and world.  She is also the Co-Founder of On Purpose Legal NetworkOn Purpose Legal Workshop, and A Different Practice

 

Kendra Spearman

 

Kendra Spearman is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney, and minister.  She works diligently to fight injustice on the behalf of disadvantaged populations, in particular, those impacted by mass incarceration and racial disparities. Kendra is the Founder and Executive Director of The Justice Renewal Initiative, Inc. an organization dedicated to the task of criminal justice reform.

Kendra graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and from the DePaul University School of Public Service with a Master of Public Administration Degree in Public Management. She earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Northern Seminary.  Kendra earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Kendra brings a great deal of passion to every endeavor with the belief that her work in the fight against injustice is ministry, inspired by her favorite quote:

“Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

 

Laura O'Bryan

 

Laura O’Bryan is the Co-Owner of MyVirtual.Lawyer, an online law firm model providing flat-fee and subscription-based limited scope services to self-represented individuals and small businesses. In 2018, Laura and her partner co-founded MVL for Attorneys providing attorneys the opportunity to leverage the MVL brand, resources, and practice model along with direct coaching and courses.  Laura also worked at Thomson Reuters, Westlaw for 12 years which provided her a unique vendor perspective and inside legal technology experience.

In 2019, Laura was named as an American Bar Association Women in Legal Tech honoree.  She is also a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to legal technology, limited scope representation, virtual lawyering, alternative fees, vendor negotiation, and attorney wellness.

 

Len Zandrow

 

Leonard (“Len”) Zandrow is the Executive Director of the Justice Bridge Legal Center, an incubator program of the University of Massachusetts’ School of Law with offices in Boston and New Bedford, MA. Justice Bridge currently has 20 participating attorneys and over 75 mentors with 30+ years of legal experience.  Since launching in August 2014, the incubator has processed over 9,000 matters for modest means clients.  Len is a partner of Brister & Zandrow, LLP, which he co-founded in 1995.  Previously, he was a partner with one of the largest litigation firms in Boston.  Len has had an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years.  He has spoken at many conferences and serves on numerous national and community Boards. 

 

Luz E. Herrera

 

Luz E. Herrera is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Texas A&M School of Law. Before entering academia, Luz ran a solo practice and founded Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes access to affordable legal services in underserved communities. Luz taught at UCLA School of Law, the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Chapman University School of Law.  She began her career in academia as a senior clinical fellow at Harvard Law School. Luz is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. 

 

Maria Hall

 

Maria Hall is a civil rights lawyer and director of the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium, a post-graduate program funded by UCLA, Southwestern and Loyola Law Schools that helps new lawyers build community-based, solo law firms. She recently founded Lawyers and Communities Together (“Lawyers ACT”), a nonprofit organization that connects diverse, team-spirited solo lawyers working within their communities to design and participate in innovative community-lawyering projects and policymaking. Maria is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and Vice President of the Mexican American Bar Foundation. 

www.mariaehall.co 

 

Martin Pritikin

 

Martin Pritikin is Dean and Vice President of Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the nation’s first fully online law school. Under his leadership, Concord has won the ABA’s Brown Select Award for Legal Access and the Wolter Kluwer Leading Edge Prize for Innovation in Legal Education. He joined Concord in 2016 after having spent 12 years as a professor and senior administrator at a brick-and-mortar ABA law school. Prior to entering academia, Pritikin was a litigator at Quinn Emanuel. He has committed his academic career to integrating theory with practice and using technology to increase access and affordability to legal education and legal services. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard Law School. 

 

Nancy Roberts Linder

 

Nancy Roberts Linder has worked almost exclusively with lawyers for the past 35 years, which includes serving as the first marketing director for a large Chicago law firm, running her own law firm consulting practice, serving on the board of directors of the Legal Marketing Association Chicago Chapter, teaching a law school marketing course she developed, and writing and speaking widely on law firm marketing topics. Today, she is the Chief Marketing Officer for Chapman and Cutler LLP, a prior consulting client, and also co-owner and CFO of Linder Legal Staffing Inc. which she started with her husband and business partner Curtis Linder in 2003.

 

Rob Harrer

 

Rob Harrer that managing attorney of the Chicago Consumer Law Center, P.C., a consumer debt and credit law firm. A consumer’s debt and credit issues can have far-reaching consequences affecting not only their finances but their emotional well-being, job, family, and relationships. Rob and his firm are focused on helping people get back on their feet financially by suing debt collectors, banks, and credit bureaus, defending against collection lawsuits, and assisting with bankruptcy when necessary. Rob also co-founded the Debt and Credit Legal Aid Clinic under the umbrella of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services legal aid group.

 

Robert Alexander

 

Rob is a zealous advocate and a compassionate guide for his clients facing the criminal legal system in Chicago and Illinois. Rob will never shy away from a fight to protect his clients’ rights. Rob has presented on the ramifications of criminalizing children, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the collateral consequences of criminal legal issues. But beyond the courtroom and the podium, he volunteers as the Vice President and board member for Companions Journeying Together, a nonprofit dedicated to personally impacting the emotional and spiritual lives of the incarcerated and their families. Rob loves to read, travel, and hang with his pup.

 

Shantelle Argyle

 

Shantelle co-founded Open Legal Services, a sliding-scale nonprofit, in 2013. She and her co-founder Daniel Spencer worked to develop a functioning and self-sustaining Access to Justice organization. OLS closed after 5 years and thousands of clients served, however, Shantelle continues to work helping similar nonprofits to form nationwide. Ever a public servant, Shantelle now works for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

 

Thomas Officer

 

Thomas "Toma" Officer is co-founder and Design Lead at Community.lawyer. Thomas has been working in legal tech since graduating from law school in 2012. A self-taught designer and front-end web developer, Thomas believes legal service professionals should learn only just enough technology to decide which off-the-shelf tools are best for their practice. 

 

Tychanika "Tycha" Kimbrough

 

Tychanika “Tycha” Kimbrough is the Founding Attorney of Kimbrough Legal, PLLC, a compassionate and dedicated Texas criminal defense and family law firm. Tycha is an advocate for justice and she commits to going above and beyond for her clients. Tycha obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School and her Bachelor of Public Administration Degree from Texas State University. Tycha works tenaciously to serve her community. Some of her service and pro bono work includes leading voter education and registration drives, advocating for marginalized individuals, serving as a mentor, and volunteering with numerous legal organizations to ensure everyone has access to justice. Tycha is an advocate for protecting civil rights and criminal justice reform.