VIRTUAL MEETUP

Innovate Legal Online:
How to be an Advocate for Access to Justice and Legal Reform

Learn how to become an advocate for reform and promote systemic change from within.

How to advocate for a more equitable legal system

Join this access to justice session on July 22, 2020, as part of our virtual series of Innovate Legal July Meetups focused on personal development for legal professionals.

This meetup will feature a panel of legal and social justice advocates who will discuss how to fight for equal justice and spark policy change within the legal system. The session will explain what equal justice means for lawyers, and it will touch on topics such as how to become a better advocate; resources needed for better access; and the impact technology will have on making legal services accessible to all. Following the panel presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A to delve deeper into the topics with the panelists.

Meetup Overview:

  • A virtual platform for learning and engagement among legal professionals
  • Hosted by Clio, featuring moderator Jerome Wilhort, Account Manager at Clio, and panelists Tiffany Graves, Pro Bono Counsel at Bradley; Mike Semanchik, Managing Attorney at California Innocence Project; and C. Raphael Davis-Williams, Director of Equality and Inclusion at ACLU of Ohio.
  • Duration: 75 Minutes (45 minutes of panel discussion + 30 minutes of Q&A)
  • Not approved for CLE Credit

Watch the replay of this Professional Development e-Meetup

Panel

John Grant

John Grant| Founder of Agile Attorney

John E. Grant is the founder of the Agile Attorney Network, a consultancy for legal professionals looking to harness the tools of modern entrepreneurship to build more profitable, scalable, and sustainable practices. He is a fourth-generation lawyer who has served as in-house counsel and managed a boutique IP law firm. John co-chaired the Oregon State Bar's Futures Task Force and currently sits on its Board of Governors, serves on the board of The Commons Law Center, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a FastCase 50 and ABA Journal Web100 Honoree.

Simon Boehme

Simon Boehme| Technology Entrepreneur

Simon Boehme is a technology entrepreneur, specializing in dispute resolution and legal innovation. He has been practicing and researching online dispute resolution for nearly a decade. Simon was a recent member of the State Bar of California’s Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) Task Force. Simon was previously Co-Founder and COO at Disputly (formerly LegalWin). He also founded Magnify, a contract company summarizing terms and conditions of popular websites (recently acquired). He also was a member of the Accord Project Dispute Resolution Working Group (building guidelines and open source code for smart legal contracts). He also served as a mediator with Conflict Intervention Service aiming to reduce homelessness in San Francisco (along with creating the first online dispute resolution system for landlord-tenant disputes). Simon was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). He served on NACIQI from 2013 to 2019. He currently lives in San Francisco, California. You can contact Simon at simonboehme.com.

Meet the Panel

Raphael Davis Williams

C. Raphael Davis-Williams | Director of Equity & Inclusion, ACLU of Ohio

C. Raphael Davis-Williams has worn many different hats across a variety of careers, but always with a singular mission and goal: improving the lives of marginalized folks, especially Black people and other people of color, by aggressively advocating for meaningful, lasting, systemic changes in America’s institutions and seats of power. In April 2019 Raphael embraced his latest role as Director of Equity and Inclusion for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Raphael joined the ACLU of Ohio after nearly a decade as a plaintiffs’ civil rights attorney, litigating cases in federal court on behalf of individuals discriminated against in housing and employment because of their race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation. He also sued law enforcement agencies that mistreated, abused, or discriminated against people being held in their custody and control.

Raphael’s focus as E & I Director is to ensure that in every aspect and in every interaction the ACLU of Ohio engages, the organization consciously and intentionally centers equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging – from hiring to programing, office culture to external relations. A 1992 graduate of Sam Houston State University, Raphael spent fourteen years as a television news reporter prior to completing all course work, absent a final thesis, for a Master of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Government at Harvard University; he earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2010. Raphael has served on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations including the ACLU of Ohio prior to accepting his current staff position, and the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, the only organization in Ohio dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming, and affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-20.

Mike Semanchik

Mike Semanchik | Managing Attorney, California Innocence Project

Mike has been an attorney with the California Innocence Project since 2011 where he seeks to free the wrongfully convicted from California's prisons. Mike graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law where he was a student in the California Innocence Project. After passing the California State Bar, Mike first worked as an investigator for the California Innocence Project and later became Managing Attorney. Mike has spoken at a number of conferences related to investigations and innocence work including the FBI, the Defense Investigators Association Conference, the Innocence Network Conference, and SDSU School of Public Affairs.

Over the course of his career, he has lent his investigatory skills to break open many cases which have led to exonerations, including the high profile Brian Banks case. Most recently, he worked to exonerate Horace Roberts of a murder conviction while helping to identify the true perpetrators. He currently authors petitions filed on behalf of the Project’s clients, directs and supervises clinic student casework, and manages all budgets and grants. In 2012, California Lawyer Magazine recognized Mike’s work with the California Lawyer of the Year award. In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript recognized Mike as a “Top Attorney.” In 2015, California Western School of Law recognized Mike with the Rising Star Award.

Tiffany Graves

Tiffany Graves | Pro Bono Counsel, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Tiffany is an accomplished attorney and visionary leader with over twenty years of experience advocating for marginalized individuals and families. Her fight for equity and justice began while she was a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was honored for logging the most pro bono hours of any graduating student. After spending over four years in private practice, Tiffany led the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission. She now serves as the first-ever, national pro bono counsel for Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings LLP, a law firm with ten offices in seven states.

Our panel

Joshua Lenon

Joshua Lenon | Lawyer in Residence, Clio

A New York-admitted attorney, Joshua provides legal scholarship to Clio on issues relating to technology, privacy, and lawyers’ ethical duties of competency.

Michelle Blankenship Jordan

Leon Carelli | Chief Technology Officer, Locks Law Firm

Leon Carelli manages varying forensic, eDiscovery, and information technology needs for Locks Law Firm. He also oversees the firm's litigation support department and coordinates projects involving data analytics.

William Large

William Large| Partner, Cara Stone

For more than 20 years, Large has litigated in federal and state courts throughout the United States on matters such as antitrust, environmental pollution, and securities. He served as a Member of Lead Counsel team and Chairman for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Discovery Group during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation.

Will Delgado

Will Delgado| Partner, Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP

Will’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, class actions, and complex business litigation. An expert in developing areas of law, Will frequently litigates and lectures on issues of first impression throughout the United States.

Hosted by

Jerome Wilhort

Jerome Wilhort
Account Manager, Clio

    

Clio is made by smart, creative people who want to help 21st century lawyers work better, smarter, faster.

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Doug Edmunds

Principal, DBE Technology Consulting

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