Speakers

  1. 2019 Presentation Speaker Information

Keynote Speakers

 

Will Hornsby

Bio: Will Hornsby maintains a law firm focused on helping lawyers understand and comply with their professional responsibilities. From 1988 to 2018, Will served as staff counsel in the American Bar Association’s Division for Legal Services, where he researched and advanced innovative models designed to provide marketplace solutions for affordable legal services to those of modest means.

Will is a chair of the disciplinary hearing panel of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, an adjunct faculty member at Chicago Kent College of Law, where he teaches the professional responsibility of tech-based legal services, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Contact Info: www.willhornsbylaw.com. Twitter: @willhornsby

James Teufel

Bio: James Teufel, MPH, PhD, is the Director of Public Health and an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Moravian College.  His research focuses on the social return on investment of civil legal aid and medical-legal partnerships, the intersection of health and justice, and the access to justice gap in the United States.  He teaches courses on the social determinants of health, health behavior, epidemiology, health policy, and the foundations of public health.  He is also currently advising American Academy of Arts and Sciences Project on Access to Justice.  Dr. Teufel is a recognized expert in the areas of medical-legal partnerships, legal aid social return on investment, and health justice.

Session Speakers

Shantelle Argyle

Bio: Shantelle Argyle graduated from the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law in 2013. She and co-founder A. Daniel Spencer immediately created Open Legal Services, the first sliding scale nonprofit law firm in Utah. Over the course of 5 years, the organization served thousands of low and moderate income clients, based almost entirely on client fees. Once the decision was made to wind down the nonprofit, Shantelle began working as managing director of the Consortium for Access to Justice. The Consortium hopes to grow its membership and offer significant training and educational benefits to incubators and nonprofit law firms worldwide, and Shantelle is excited to be part of that mission.
Contact Info: www.ShantelleArgyle.com Twitter: @shantelle8

Haley Bohlmann

Bio: Haley serves as Network Development Specialist for ARAG and works to champion solo and small firm practice attorneys and their vital role in making legal services accessible to all Americans. Haley works with state and local bar associations and attorney incubator programs nationwide to educate solo and small firm attorneys on opportunities to increase business to their practice. Haley’s previous roles in sales and digital marketing fuel her insight on the client perspective. She has been an active Group Legal Services Association member for over three years with experience serving on the Membership Committee. She shares her passion for sustainable business practices as a leader on the ARAG green team.
Contact Info: Twitter: @HaleyBohlmann

Leslie Briggs

Bio:  Leslie Briggs is a third-year law student at the University of Tulsa College of Law. She believes in improving access to justice by expanding the role of non-lawyer advocates and increasing access to and evaluation of problem-solving technologies that help lawyers, non-lawyers, and litigants meet their needs. She would like to see her home state adopt a form-forward approach to improving efficiency and justice in civil courts. She is an intern for the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission and works part-time for the Self-Represented Litigation Network, focusing on analytics and M&E. Last summer she was an Access to Justice Tech Fellow at Legal Services State Support in Minneapolis, MN.
Contact Info: lkb362@utulsa.edu Twitter: @leslietwolegs Blog: www.justitiaomnivincit.com

Jeff Butler

Bio: Jeff Butler is co-founder of PEARSON BUTLER, PLLC. Mr. Butler primarily works with consumers and small business owners.  Over the past several years, he has met with thousands of homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments and facing other issues related to the recent recession.  His work requires him to be knowledgeable in real estate transactions, consumer bankruptcy, business operations, and estate planning.

Mr. Butler has founded and operated several businesses. He has also served as executive director of companies, overseeing staff ranging from 100 to 400 employees and multi-million dollar budgets.  He ran a real estate brokerage in Utah and California as well.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University.  He is a member of the Utah State Bar and California State Bar.

Anna E. Carpenter

Bio:  Anna E. Carpenter is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic. Her scholarship involves empirical and theoretical work on access to justice and the role of lawyers, non-lawyers, and judges in the civil justice system. In the Community Advocacy Clinic, Professor Carpenter’s students engage in civil litigation and trial advocacy, as well as policy and systemic reform work. She is an appointed member of the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission.
Contact Info: Email: anna-carpenter@utulsa.edu, Twitter: @ACarpenterProf

Cynthia Chandler

Bio:  Cynthia Chandler, Director, BALI | Bay Area Legal Incubator : 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 to accelerate the launch of affordable, community law practices. Cynthia has over 20 years’ experience as a social entrepreneur, activist, academic and attorney. She co-founded and built several innovative social justice organizations, including Critical Resistance, Justice Now, and the Eviction Defense Center.
Contact Info: Cynthia@acbanet.org

 

Trevor Clarke

Bio:  Trevor Clarke is the Director of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) of the Chicago Bar Foundation, a groundbreaking incubator for newer lawyers to start their own socially conscious law firms. The goal is to expand legal services to low and moderate income people by developing innovative new models through which lawyers in solo or small practices can sustainably serve these clients. Before joining the CBF, Trevor was one of the first graduates of the JEP program with a practice that focused on helping small businesses and nonprofits. Trevor earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude. While at DePaul, he was a legal extern at the MacArthur Foundation, a Sullivan Human Rights in the Americas Fellow, and a Fellow at the National Commission against Biopiracy in Lima, Peru. Trevor volunteers in his community through a host of nonprofit organizations in capacities ranging from board service to baking to bicycle repair. He also serves as Executive Director of Working Bikes, where he helps give donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.

 

Emily Collins

Bio:  Emily Collins, Executive Director & Managing Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services Hailing from southern Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Emily has spent her 14-year legal career in environmental law practice and teaching. Kicking off her practice as a student at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic in 2003, she then became an Assistant Public Interest Counsel at the Office of Public Interest Counsel in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In 2008, she took the helm of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She became a Clinical Associate Professor in 2013. In the same year, she founded Fair Shake ELS. In 2014, she became the Executive Director and Managing Attorney.

MacKenzie Dunham

Bio:  Mackenzie attended the University of Houston Law Center and graduated in May of 2017. He founded Access Justice Houston with his law partner Douglas Evans in 2017. MacKenzie handles the family law side of AJH. Through his work at Access Justice Houston he’s consistently found innovative way to make what was once expensive and lengthy litigation, more affordable and friendly for his clients. He is an advocate for Incorporating efficient and easier best practices to make the legal process work for his clients rather than the other way around. These practices, like incorporating automation, and consistent communication with clients ensures the quality of the services AJH’s Attorneys provide for his clients.
Contact Info: Accessjusticehouston.org     https://www.facebook.com/accessjusticehouston  https://twitter.com/MackenzieDunha1

 

Andrew Evans

Bio:  Andrew Evans, Law Student, BYU School of Law Andrew Evans (‘19) is geared toward serving others. He is utilizing his time at BYU in pursuit of a joint JD/MPA to strengthen his capacity to improve the lives of others. In addition to his studies, he has developed an evaluation plan to improve school breakfast programs for young children and works as a Conflict Resolution Caseworker to encourage constructive dialogue during disputes. By assisting veterans as an Americorps Law Clerk, and providing leadership training to soldiers as a Company Commander, Andrew is focused on using his capabilities to better those around him.

Stephanie A. Everett

Bio:  Stephanie A. Everett helps small firm lawyers build and grow joyful and successful businesses because work should be awesome. After launching and running her own litigation boutique, she shifted gears and launched Georgia’s incubator for newer lawyers starting socially conscious law firms. As the Community Director for Lawyerist.com, Stephanie facilitates Insider (a free community for solo and small firm lawyers) and Lawyerist Lab and Lab Pro (paid programs teaching and supporting lawyers with designing, growing, and managing their law business).  @StephAEverett on Twitter  linkedin.com/in/stephanieaeverett/
Contact Info: Stephanie@lawyerist.com

Kate Forest

Bio: Kate Forest is a student at The University of Tulsa College of Law and part of the Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic. Kate plans to focus on public policy and the nonprofit sector after law school. She is a board member and lead facilitator for Poetic Justice, a program that leads therapeutic poetry workshops for incarcerated women. She recently completed Alchemy nonprofit board training with the Annenberg Foundation. She has also been an instrumental advocate for the commutation efforts led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform and last fall co-wrote a report on policy solutions to alleviate barriers to employment for justice-involved individuals.
Contact Info: Email: kateforest2012@gmail.com Facebook: Kate Forest

Robert R. Furnier

Bio: Bob Furnier serves as Director of the Lunsford Academy for Law Business + Technology, the Director of the Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, and teaches law and technology courses that focus on developing legal applications to solve social and criminal justice problems as an adjunct faculty member at Southern University Law Center, an HBCU law school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Contact Info: linkedin.com/in/robert-furnier-11aba114/

Col.(r.) Edward Gassman

Bio: Col.(r.) Edward Gassman, is the Executive Director of Community Legal Center. Mr. Gassman formerly worked for the FAA as a pilot and Human Factors Engineer, and then entered the Air Force where he continued to work in the areas of flight test and research and development. After 23 years of Government service, he formed the Community Legal Center to tackle unmet needs in the community. Current legal activities include being a Fellow of the American Bar Association (ABA); a hearing officer for the Colorado Bar’s Legal Fee Arbitration Committee; Supreme Court Appointee to Attorney Regulation Council for Unauthorized Practice of Law; member Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession; former Chairman of the Colorado Bar Association Court Reform Committee; Loveland Police Advisory Board; Vice Chair of the ABA Battle Space Committee which advises the U.S. Congress on proposed legislation; Chair of the ABA Colorado Public Contract Law Section; and Vice Chair of the ABA Acquisition/Procurement Reform Committee.

Chris Gassman

Bio: Chris Gassman, Commercialization Manager, Management & Legal Associates Chris is the Commercialization Manager of Management and Legal Associates LLC, a service disabled veteran owned business helping solve business problems in highly regulated and sensitive places. Chris Gassman is a revenue generator and social intrapreneur with a decade of experience growing companies sustainably. Chris’s endeavors have added both bottom-line and top-line value to UN Agencies, start-ups, Fortune 500s, and a variety of others in between. His 5yr BHAG: Help generate $1B in Revenue by making the world a better place. 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.

Courtney Giesinger

Bio: Courtney Hall Giesinger is an attorney, writer, and editor dedicated to advancing social justice. In her current role as the Program Officer for the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI), a program of the State Bar of Texas, she works to support recently licensed attorneys in establishing solo legal practices serving low- and modest-income Texans. Previously, Courtney was the Project Director for the New Media Consortium’s NMC Digital Learning Initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bolster access and equity in higher education. She wrote extensively for the NMC Horizon Report, examining challenges and emerging technologies that impact teaching and learning. Courtney also practiced law for five years with Texas Advocacy Project, a nonprofit organization providing legal services to domestic violence victims. Courtney holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University Of Texas School Of Law.
Contact Info: www.linkedin.com/in/chgiesinger/Incubator Program: www.facebook.com/txoji

 

Justice Melissa Hart

Bio:  Justice Hart was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court on December 14, 2017. Prior to joining the Court, Justice Hart was a professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where she directed the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. Throughout her years as a professor, Justice Hart maintained an active pro bono practice, writing amicus briefs in appellate courts and representing clients through Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Her teaching and scholarship focused on access to justice, constitutional law, judicial decision making, legal ethics, employment discrimination, and civil procedure. 

 

Justice Deno Himonas

Bio:  Justice Himonas was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court in 2015 by Governor Gary Herbert. Prior to his appointment, he served as a trial court judge for over ten years. Justice Himonas graduated with distinction from the University of Utah and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, he spent fifteen years at the Jones, Waldo law firm, where he focused on complex civil litigation. Justice Himonas has served as associate presiding judge for the Third District Court and as a member of the Judicial Conduct Commission. He currently chairs two task forces, one on licensed paralegal practitioners and another on online dispute resolution, and he co-chairs a work group on regulatory reform. The purpose of the task forces and the work group is to improve access to justice. Justice Himonas has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah law school and was named its 2017 Honorary Alumnus of the Year. He is a recipient of the Judicial Excellence award from the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. When he’s not in chambers, Justice Himonas can likely be found on the squash court, watching women’s basketball, or in the kitchen.

Maggie Humphrey

Bio:  Maggie Humphrey is the Director of the Toledo Bar Association Fellowship Collaborative, a twelve month program geared toward helping recent law school graduates establish a practice in Toledo, Ohio. Maggie helps fellows obtain the training, mentoring, and resources they need to be successful. Prior to joining the Toledo Bar Association, Maggie was in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. She received her JD from Capital University summa cum laude and is a graduate of Ashland University. Maggie served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Capital University Law Review.

Conor Malloy

Bio:  Conor Malloy is the founder of Saoi Consulting LLC, a firm dedicated to implementing cost-effective, low-code-no-code technology solutions and process improvement for lawyers. Additionally, he is the Project Director for the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing’s chatbot initiative, ‘Rentervention.’ Conor is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a recent recipient of Meritorious Recognition of the 2018 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. He has served on numerous panels, and delivered many talks concerning process automation and tech-efficient practices.

John Mayer

Bio:  John Mayer has been the Executive Director of The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, also known as CALI, since 1994. Prior to that he was Director of Computing Services at Chicago-Kent College of Law. John has a BS in Computers Science from Northwestern University and an MS in Computer Science from th Illinois Institute of Technology.
Contact Info: Twitter – @johnpmayer Email – jmayer@cali.org linkedin.com/in/johnpmayer/

David McNeill

Bio: David McNeill is known for his disclaimer “I am not an attorney.” Instead of a JD he has a PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Utah. He served as the assistant director of Open Legal Services for three years and is now a rogue researcher using data to measure and solve problems in access to justice. David is an independent consultant providing market research, data analysis, and business strategy advice to legal organizations and nonprofits, and he also is the founder and CEO of Docket Reminder LLC, a court data analysis company. He recently served as an expert witness in a case the ACLU brought against the state of Utah regarding the state’s inadequate criminal defense system. When he is not crunching numbers in spreadsheets, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and backpacking.
Contact Info: david@docketreminder.com

Chlece Neal

Bio:  Chlece Neal graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.A in History and a minor in Sociology of Law. An AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Alum. Graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, School of Social Work and Graduate School. Chlece focuses on the complexities of children and families, including mental health disorders and social and legal issues. Chlece has worked at a number of government and nonprofit organizations in Illinois, New York and Georgia. Chlece is an alum of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP)and Chlece is the Executive Director, co-founder and one of the staff attorneys at Chicago Advocate Legal, NFP. Chlece focuses on divorce, complex family law matters and DCFS investigations and appeals. Chlece specializes in cases involving mental health disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness and foreign divorces. She also spearheads CAL’s Preventative Law Initiative, which seeks to prevent legal problems for Chicago’s most venerable individuals and families and keep them from negative involvement in the civil court system, particularly eviction court and domestic relations court.

Taier Perlman

Bio:  Taier Perlman, Esq., leads the Rural Law Initiative within the Government Law Center at Albany Law School; there she combines her passion for counseling entrepreneurs and small businesses with her love for sustainable agriculture and farm-fresh food. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School (located in her hometown), Ms. Perlman focused her studies on public interest law, dispute resolution and legal counseling, working with diverse NYC start-ups. In an unconventional post-bar exam trip, she worked on a biodiverse organic farm, where she developed a deep appreciation for the agrarian lifestyle. After litigating cases in New York City courts, she moved to Albany to pick up the reins of the Rural Law Initiative, where in addition to legally supporting entrepreneurs, businesses, and farmers, she studies and researches access to justice challenges in rural New York. Beyond work, Ms. Perlman enjoys meditating, yoga, and working on her various art projects.
https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLawRLI/       twitter.com/AlbanyLawRLI

 

Martin Pritikin

Bio:  Martin Pritikin is Dean and Vice President of Concord Law School at Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully online law school. He joined Concord in 2016 after having spent 12 years as a professor and senior administrator at a brick-and-mortar ABA law school. Under his leadership, Concord has won the Leading Edge Prize for Innovation in legal education as well as the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access (for establishing the first online law school incubator program), and revised its entire required curriculum. 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 promote innovation in legal education. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard Law School.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinpritikin/
Contact Info: martin.pritikin@purdueglobal.edu

Anne-Marie Rábago

Bio:  Anne-Marie Rábago is Director of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator and the State Bar of Texas Law Practice Management Program. Prior to her work with the State Bar of Texas, Anne-Marie was Director of the Access to Law Initiative at California Western School of Law (CWSL). In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor of Federal Income Tax at CWSL and has been a Faculty member for Solo Practice University since 2012.  In 2009, Anne-Marie started Rábago Business & Tax Law, APC, and over the following seven years, she advised hundreds of small business owners on tax and legal compliance matters. For this work, she was named a Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. Anne-Marie is licensed to practice law in Texas and California.
Contact Info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arabago/ Twitter: @annemarierabago

Ira Rheingold

Bio:  Ira Rheingold is Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organization dedicated to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices.  At NACA, Mr. Rheingold has testified before both Houses of Congress on various mortgage lending and consumer finance issues, offered commentary before federal agencies charged with regulating financial service industries and protecting consumers, and helped draft amicus briefs on issues of great concern to consumers before the nation’s highest courts. Mr. Rheingold also managed the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance, a joint project of NACA and the Center for Responsible Lending. Currently, Mr. Rheingold serves as the co-chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Before coming to NACA, Mr. Rheingold worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago as a supervisory attorney in charge of the Foreclosure Prevention and Senior Housing Projects. Mr. Rheingold also worked as a legal services attorney in suburban Washington D.C.  Prior to becoming a legal services attorney, Mr. Rheingold worked as an advocate for low-income community groups in rural Southern Maryland.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Contact Info: http://consumeradvocates.org    Twitter @IraRheingold

Rob Salem

Bio:  Rob Salem is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law.  He directs and teaches the Civil Advocacy Clinic, which provides a variety of legal services to disadvantaged groups and individuals.  The Clinic also addresses public policy and legislative issues.  He serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio and the Ohio Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He recently served on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the board of the Toledo Bar Association, and the National Advisory Board of Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C.  He formerly served as General Counsel for the Ohio ACLU.  Mr. Salem’s publications include Intimate Integration: Lessons for the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, 45 Cap. U. L. Rev. 33 (2017); “Victims Without Legal Remedies: Why Kids Need Schools to Develop Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policies”, 72 Albany L. Rev. 147 (2009) co-authored with Julie Sacks; “The Integrated Law School Practicum: Synergizing Theory and Practice,” 68 Louisiana L. Rev. 715 (2008) co-authored with Professor Susan Martyn; and “The Strengths and Weaknesses of Human Rights Ordinances”, 48 Cleveland State Law Review (2000).

Brandi Sebring Thomas

Bio:  Forever curious, Brandi Sebring Thomas chose to spend her adult life exploring all areas of the academic and natural world with young children. She received her education degree from the University of Oklahoma and attended graduate school at Oklahoma State University with a focus on literacy curriculum. As a humanities teacher at Riverfield Country Day School, she is afforded the opportunity to weave social studies, literature, writing, and art into engaging experiences for her students. Her Constructivist curriculum is deeply rooted in Inquiry-Based Learning and Design Thinking. These methodologies invite students to take ownership of their learning with deep, complex questions, active investigation, and resolution of real-world problems. Beginning with an essential question, students gather and analyze data, build empathy, prototype ideas, and present tangible solutions. Curiosity never killed the cat. Curiosity is what fuels the mind on the road to new possibilities.
Contact Info: Email: Bthomas@riverfield.org or Mrs.brandithomas@yahoo.com

Linda F. Smith

Bio:  Linda F. Smith is a Professor and Clinical Program Director at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law. She graduated from Yale Law School and specialized in family law at Great Boston Legal Services prior to moving to Utah where she continues to volunteer in family law cases. Her scholarship has focused on clinical legal education pedagogy and the use of conversation analysis to study attorney-client interviews.

A. Daniel Spencer

Bio: Dan Spencer was one of the co-founders of Open Legal Services, and has years of experience working with data systems and practice management software. Dan is currently the managing attorney at Spencer Family Law, where he has implemented many of the systems and practices developed at Open Legal Services to increase value for clients while minimizing costs. In addition to his practice, Dan chairs the formation committee for a Utah Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts.
Contact Info: facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spencerfamilylaw/    Web: www.spencerfamilylaw.com     Email: dan@spencerfamilylaw.com

Virginia Sudbury

Bio:  Virginia Lynn Sudbury graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 and from DePaul University School of Law in 1982. It was at that point she realized she didn’t much care for the practice of law, so she dyed a purple streak in her hair and moved to Venice Beach, California, and married Rob Sudbury.  Virginia took a job as Vice-President of Keith Management, where she worked until she and Rob left on their sailboat in 1989.  In 1995, they sailed across the Pacific and settled in the Territory of American Samoa. They founded U’una’i Legal Services, the first legal services provider in the Territory. They opened Law Office of Virginia Sudbury (LOVS), an innovative family law firm which offers traditional and “unbundled” legal services, and strives to make the legal system more accessible to everyone.  She received the Family Lawyer of the Year Award in 2016, and started the Limited Scope Section of the Utah State Bar (Section of the Year award, May 2017). With Joanna Sagers and Stewart Ralphs, she developed the Family Law Pro Se Calendars, which provide pro se litigants with volunteer attorneys.

Jennifer Thornley Lamkin

Bio:  Jennifer Thornley Lamkin enjoys being a life-long learner and seeker. When she is not building curriculum for her 4th and 5th graders, she is giving unsolicited advice to her husband on how he can infuse more constructivist lessons and cooperative learning in the law classes he teaches. It helps that she is a trained lawyer as well as a teacher; both degrees earned at Indiana University. This year, she is pursuing a Masters in Leadership and Curriculum at Oklahoma State University, where she plans to study how to promote constructivist learning styles, alternative forms of assessment, and real-world problem solving in higher-ed and law classrooms. She enthusiastically believes that fun, hands-on learning should not be reserved for younger students. Jennifer is committed to developing curriculum that keeps student engagement high while giving time and space for deep learning and reflection. She is well versed in constructivist pedagogy, Reggio Emilia, and Design Thinking.
Contact Info: Email: Jenthornley@hotmail.com or Jlamkin@riverfield.org

A. Jason Velez

Bio:  A. Jason Velez is a lawyer turned tech developer and founder of 1LAW, Docubot and Botineer, companies that build technology to improve communication, security and automation for the legal industry.
Contact Info: LinkedIn.com/in/ajasonvelez      Instagram.com/1LAW

Joshua Weaver

Bio: A double Baylor Bear, Joshua Weaver graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Philosophy and again from Baylor Law with a JD in 2015. Soon after passing the bar, he joined the staff at Baylor Law to help develop a innovative new program called Legal Mapmaker, which teaches lawyers how to design better law firms and helps address the access to justice gap. He has since served as the interim marketing and public relations specialist, overseeing all media communications for the law school, as a semi-regular guest lecturer for Baylor Law’s Professional Development Program, and as a coordinator and technical adviser for Legal Mapmaker, the Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management, and the Academy of the Advocate at St. Andrews. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Weaver is also the CEO and Founder of two startup companies: Weaver Innovations, LLC (a technical consulting company), and Everything but the Law, LLC (a business growth consulting company for attorneys). In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with artificial intelligence and taking evening walks with his Great Dane, Luna.
Contact Info: Josh_Weaver@baylor.edu

Len Zandrow

Bio:  Leonard (“Len”) Zandrow is the Executive Director of the Justice Bridge Legal Center, an incubator program of the University of Massachusetts’ School of Law. Justice Bridge currently has 18 participating attorneys and over 70 mentors who have on average over 30 years of legal experience. Twenty of these mentors come in-residence on a regular basis at the incubator’s separate offices in Boston and New Bedford, MA. Since launching in August, 2014, Justice Bridge has processed over 6,000 matters for modest means clients. Len remains a partner of Brister & Zandrow, LLP, a civil litigation firm that he co-founded in 1995. Previously, he was a general partner at Parker, Coulter, Daley & White, then one of the largest civil litigation law firms in Boston. Len has had an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years and is a Top-Rated Lawyer in Litigation and Appellate Law. He has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of legal topics, has served on the editorial boards of the Defense Counsel Journal and the Boston Bar Journal, and currently serves on the Boards of the United Spinal Association, Bristol Community College’s Paralegal Program, and Mass. Legal Answers Online.
Contact Info: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Justice-Bridge-Legal-Center-1462219180736786/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/len-zandrow-5637851a/