From the Duke Law Tech Lab Community
A message for law students
Jim Wagner, Duke Law '93
Vice President of Agreement Cloud Strategy at DocuSign
Duke Law Tech Lab Advisory Board
On the adoption of legal tech among lawyers
Lead Innovation Attorney at Latham & Watkins
Duke Law Tech Lab Advisory Board
On the openness of courts and lawyers to remote technologies due to COVID-19
SkoposLabs, 2017 Duke Law Tech Lab
On the lessons learned from the 2020 International Legal Tech Summit
Andrea Rojas Rozo
Fellow with the Duke Center on Law & Tech
Thanks for attending our 2020 Demo Day!
At Demo Day, Duke Law Tech Lab's startups shared their business with the audience and judges. The audience voted for their favorite, and judges asked questions and awarded prize money to the first and second place.
Thank you for celebrating with us! We hope you enjoyed learning about the next generation of legal technologies.
Don't Get Mad Get Paid changed their name to Athena in October 2020 after the Duke Law Tech Lab program ended.
Meet the 2020 Founders
Simone Spence mastered the art of collecting unpaid child support nearly two decades ago when she had a child support collection problem of her own and was able to navigate the complex legal system to do right by her daughter.
Many women try to represent themselves but are blocked from an inaccessible legal system that claims that we have a right to represent ourselves but then makes it difficult for us to do so. In an effort to fix this problem and expand her assistance to more mothers, Simone created Don’t Get Mad Get Paid’s product, Athena. Don't Get Mad Get Paid changed their name to Athena in October 2020 after the Duke Law Tech Lab program ended.
Helping public defenders manage video evidence
Public defenders have always faced significant time constraints due to their high volume of cases.
With body camera footage and increasing use of technology, there is an even greater amount of evidence for public defenders to evaluate when making life-altering decisions for their clients.
Concerned about the disparate impact on low-income communities and communities of color, Devshi Mehrotra and Leslie Jones-Dove consulted with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office to see how they could use their computer science degrees to help remedy the problem. They created JusticeText to help public defenders be more efficient when working with video evidence.
small claims court
After attending numerous small claims hearings that went awry, Camila Lopez and Gustavo Lozano dug deeper into the problem: there are over 25 million households in the United States that have a small claims dispute each year.
They realized that less than 8% of those households file a small claims lawsuit likely because they did not receive adequate or affordable assistance.
They started People Clerk to guide individuals through the small claims court process.
As an immigration attorney, Jared saw first-hand the difficulty many immigrants face when seeking access to justice.
Jared created YoTengo.bot, a conversational AI platform, or chatbot, that helps individuals find information about their cases.
The chatbot helps immigrants by giving them access to a free legal conversation that is available at any time of the day.
Moreover, the anonymity of a chatbot allows many immigrants fearful of deportation to ask difficult questions that they would not feel comfortable asking in person.
A bilingual chatbot for immigration law, and beyond
News & Updates
The latest news about the Duke Law Tech Lab
Duke Law Tech Lab nurtures four early-stage companies, each with a mission of improving access to justice
August 13, 2020
As the nation reckons with inequities in its social and justice systems, the Duke Center on Law & Technology is nurturing four young companies working to expand access to legal services. All are participants in the Duke Law Tech Lab, the center’s summer pre-accelerator program for early-stage legal tech companies. Read more.
4 startups selected for Duke Law Tech Lab’s pre accelerator program
July 9, 2020
Four early-stage legal technology companies with a core mission of expanding access to legal services have been selected to participate in Duke Law Tech Lab‘s summer 2020 pre-accelerator program. Read more.
Legal Innovators: Duke Law Tech Lab
Attorney at Law Magazine
October 1, 2019
Durham-based start-up Courtroom5 won the $ 5,000 grand prize at Duke Law Tech Lab’s third annual Demo Day on Sept. 20. It was the culmination of a three-month pre-accelerator program for promising early-stage legal technology companies. Read more.
Online platform for pro se litigants wins grand prize at Duke Law Tech Lab Demo Day
September 23, 2019
A Durham-based start-up offering tools and resources for pro se litigants took the grand prize at Duke Law Tech Lab’s third annual Demo Day, the culmination of a pre-accelerator program for promising early-stage legal technology companies. Read more.
5 startups to pitch their legal platforms at Duke Law Tech Lab demo day
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LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator picks 2 Triangle firms
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Duke Center on Law & Technology selects 12 early-stage companies for pre-accelerator program
June 25, 2019
Twelve early-stage legal technology companies, including five with a core mission of expanding access to legal services, are participating this summer in the Duke Center on Law & Technology’s online pre-accelerator program, Duke Law Tech Lab. Read more.
Duke Law Wants to Help Early-Stage Startups Weather Legal Tech Challenges
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June 21, 2019
The third-year pre-accelerator program not only helps budding companies through general startup challenges, but also through roadblocks specific to a legal industry sometimes resistant to change. Read more.
Duke Law ‘Pre-Accelerator’ Picks 12 Startups, Links to LexisNexis Accelerator
June 18, 2019
The Duke Law Tech Lab, run by Duke Law school, has launched its latest legal tech incubator with 12 companies. This is the third year the programme has run, which they describe as a ‘pre-accelerator’. The project will potentially then feed some of the top cohort members into the LexisNexis legal tech accelerator, also in the US. Read more.
Future Law School. What does it look like?
February 12, 2019
Crises in the justice systems across the world leave a huge imprint on the legal education system, which already has enough internal and external problems. Even reputable universities in the world are now actively seeking innovative solutions and people who are able to provide them with a qualitative push in the direction of improving the efficiency of educational services. Read more.
Startup Competition Guide: Accelerators targeting legal tech companies
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