Access to Justice 5 Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 12

Time Event Location Person
3-4:30 p.m. Registration and Mixer Knowles Conference Center
4:30-5:45 p.m. Pre-Conference Plenary TBA TBA
4:30-7 p.m. Registration Opens Knowles Conference Center
5:45-6 p.m. Welcome Address Knowles Conference Center Fred Rooney
6-8 p.m. Welcome Dinner Knowles Conference Center
7 p.m. Introduction of Keynote Address Knowles Conference Center Bucky Askew
7:15 p.m. Keynote Address Knowles Conference Center

Judy Perry Martinez,
President-Elect Nominee,
American Bar Association,
Special Advisor to the ABA Center for Innovation

Friday, April 13

Time Event Location Person
8 a.m. to Noon Registration Catherine Henson Atrium
8-9 a.m. Breakfast Catherine Henson Atrium
9-10:30 a.m. Technology Plenary Knowles Conference Center John Mayer
10:30-10:45 a..m. Break Catherine Henson Atrium
10:45 a.m.-Noon Concurrent Sessions
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch Knowles Conference Center
12:30-1 p.m. Keynote Address Ceremonial Courtroom Mary Lu Bilek
1:30-2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:45-3 p.m. Break Catherine Henson Atrium
3 -4:15 p.m. Training Plenary
4:15-4:30 p.m. Break Catherine Henson Arium
4:30-5:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:45-7 p.m. Reception Catherine Henson Atrium

Saturday, April 14

Time Event Location Person
8-9 a.m. Breakfast Catherine Henson Atrium
9-10:30 a.m. Plenary Ceremonial Courtroom
10:45 a.m.-Noon Concurrent Sessions
Noon- 1 p.m. Lunch/Wrap-Up Knowles Conference Center

A.    Training Track 1: TeachingBusiness Growth: KPIs and Business Planning

Struggling teaching attorneys to set goals, plan business growth and introduce a scorecard for small-firm self-assessment? Learn to teach KPI’s, business model canvas and plan development, and how to engage in regular, strategic and succession planning.


  • Cynthia Chandler, Bay Area Legal Incubator Stephanie Everett,
  • Sam Glover,
  • Lilys McCoy, Center for Solo Practitioners

B.  Technology Track 1

  • Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
  • HBCU Legal Tech Pilot: Diversity, Technology, and the Justice Gap
  • Concord Law School
  • The Next Frontier: Online Law Graduates’ Remote Participation in Incubators


  • Robert Furnier, Director, Lunsford Academy for Law, Business & Technology
  • John Pierre, Chancellor, Southern University Law Center Ken Randall, CEO, iLaw
  • LexTotus
  • Martin Pritikin, Dean, Concord Law School
  • Renato Izquieta, Directing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Orange County

C.  Sustainability of Legal Incubators and Non-profit Law Firms

The panel focuses on what it takes to start and sustain a successful legal incubator, with a Q and A discussion on pitfalls to avoid and developing viable solutions. The panel will also discuss how to bridge the gap between legal needs in a community and affordable legal access, using Bridge to Justice in Colorado as a case study.


  • Chris Gassman, Commercialization Manager, Management and Legal Associates, LLC
  • Bucky Askew, Founder, LE4J
  • Sarah Babcock, Executive Director, LE4J Ed Gassman, Founder, CLC
  • Bruce Weiner, Executive Director, Bridge to Justice

D.  Best Practices in Building and Maintaining Sustainable Programs

The panel will focus on managing the day-to-day aspects of legal incubators, including a robust discussion on automation processes and technology, and human resources. Participants will leave with a much better understanding of how to advocate for financial support, how to cultivate funding opportunities, and how to better control program costs.


  • Karin Anderson Ponzer, Director of Legal Services, Neighborhood Link Community Law Practice
  • Jennifer Friedman
  • Shantelle Argyle, Executive Director, Open Legal Service

A. Training Track 2: Teaching Unbundling and Setting Fees

Learn to teach attorneys to unbundle services and set fees in light of budget constraints and market demand, with attention on alternative fee arrangements and budgeting.


  • Sarah Babcock, Lawyers for Equal Justice Moore Brooke, MyVirtual.Lawyer
  • Lilys McCoy, Center for Solo Practitioners Anne-Marie Rabago, TOJI

B. Technology Track 2 

  • Aspire Legal Access Initiative
  • Technology, Training & Access to Legal Services
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Routing Referrals
  • Neighborhood Law Clinic
  • Searching for Goldilocks: A Discussion on How Access to Justice Organizations Find and Screen for Clients That Are Just Right


  • Tony Lai
  • Kyla Sandwith, Executive Director, Aspire Legal Access Initiative
  • Trevor Clarke, Director, Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Scott Kelly
  • Mitch, Director, Neighborhood Law Clinic

C. Replicating Successful Models and Creating Opportunities

Learn about the ABA’s listserv, “Incubator Community,” and how it can support opportunities to create and share resources and tools. Learn about the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, a successful, and replicable, volunteer lawyer model.


  • Karen Marcou, Executive Director and Co-Founder, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP)
  • Kathleen Biden, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Sara Smith, American Bar Association

D. Assessing the Impact of Incubator Programs to Leverage Resources

The panel will begin with a discussion on the importance of assessing the impact of incubator programs on all vested stakeholders, and research efforts underway to learn more about participants in order to broaden the understanding of incubator effectiveness in preparing lawyers to launch successful practices that address the access to justice gap. The panel will then transition to a discussion on creating and sustaining a law school incubator program with minimal funding by leveraging law school resources, providing concrete takeaways that can be used as templates for existing or future incubator programs.


  • Luz Herrera, Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Sara Smith, Research and Policy Analyst, ABA Division for Legal Services
  • Lauren Sudeall Lucas, Faculty Director, Center for Access to Justice, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Len Zandrow, Executive Director, Justice Bridge Legal Center, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Dawn Young, Director of Institutional Projects, Adjunct Professor of Law, Director of Solo and Small Practice Incubator, IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law
Reducing Incubator Attrition to Maximize Success:

Reducing attorney attrition is essential to maximizing incubator performance and stakeholder confidence. Learn strategies for bolstering community, resolving and preventing conflict, and aiding attorneys in crisis.


  • Cynthia Chandler, Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI)
  • Trevor Clarke, Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) Maria Hall, Los Angeles Incubator Consortium
  • Lilys McCoy, Center for Solo Practitioners
  • Anne-Marie Rabago, Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator

 A. Training Track 3: Fortifying Your Incubator

Lessons learned improving incubators using collaborations with solos, pro bono opportunities, and concrete tools and strategies to resolve day-to-day challenges and provide better representation.


  • Sarah Babcock, Lawyers for Equal Justice
  • Karen Ciano,Collaborative Law Initiative
  • Maria Hall, Los Angeles Incubator Consortium
  • Laurie Rashidi-Yazd, Atlanta Legal Aid
  • JoAnna Smith, Anderson Rupani & Smith

B.  Technology Track 3

  • EHG Law Firm

Designing Your Law Firm to Work for You: Improve Client Experience, Lower Costs and Reduce Errors by Adopting New Business Tools and Systems

  • Lawyer Unbundling for Profit


  • Erin Gerstenzang, EHG Law Firm
  • Brooke Moore, Founder, MyVirtual.Lawyer

C.    Supporting Innovative Legal Practices 

The panel will begin with a theoretical discussion on legal underemployment and the access to justice gap, highlighting the Nash Equilibrium principle as a potential solution to both. The panel will then provide case study examples on Texas incubator projects and programs that provide participants with support and structure for more innovative solutions. The panel will conclude with legal clinics as a type of practice and the tools necessary to excel in this area.


  • Joshua Weaver, Consultant, Baylor Law
  • Anne-Marie Rabaga, Director, State Bar of Texas’s Opportunity and Justice Incubator
  • Susan Fortney, Director, Texas A&M University School of Law’s Incubator Program
  • Melissa Hall, Smol Law

D.  Exploring the Feasibility of an International Approach on the Access to Justice Gap in the United States

The panel will discuss a concept paper on access to justice initiatives in Pakistan, and the use of the Consortium Conference as a platform for exploration of the feasibility of such models throughout the world. The panel will also discuss approaches than can be used by grass-roots and volunteer organizations with very little funding and no affiliation to any other organization. The panel will conclude with a discussion of an incubator participant and his transition into a solo practice.


  • Sheraz Khan, Executive Director, Legal Researchers
  • Attiya Kalsoom
  • Shahid Ehsan Mubeen Ali
  • Shehla Shan
  • Ali Raza
  • Saba Shahid
  • Anila Hidayat
  • Asmia Noureen
  • William Adams, Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative

Matt Smith, Matt Smith Law, LLC, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Incubator Program

A. Training Track 4: Topics on Teaching Online Marketing

Learn to teach a breadth of online marketing techniques and marketing ethics, with emphasis on affordable online options, managing bad reviews, responsiveness to business environment, and attracting ideal clients, all while keeping costs low.


  • Lilys McCoy, Center for Solo Practitioners David McNeil, Open Legal Services
  • JoAnna Smith, Anderson Rupani & Smith LLC

B. Technology Track 4


  • Anderson Rupani & Smith, LLC Document Automation
  • John Mayer

Document Assembly Services

Law Droid

Better Living Through Automation

  • Cynthia Lunn Botwick

Why Forms Are not Enough: The Limitations of Automation


  • Jonathan Anderson, Partner, Anderson Rupani & Smith, LLC
  • John Mayer, Executive Director, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • Thomas Martin, Founder and CEO, LawDroid Cynthia Lunn Botwick, ...

C. Incorporating Former Participants Into Incubator Programming

The panel will focus on the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), and their practice of including JEP alumni into their program has made the content more relevant, while allowing JEP leadership to the opportunity to review best practices and continuously refine the curriculum. The panel will share the experiences of transitioning from an incubator to a solo firm by the Access to Justice Law Company, whose objective is to provide pro bono and low bono law services.

  • Trevor Clarke, Director, Justice Entrepreneur Project, Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Jessica Bednarz, JEP Participant
  • Faisal Mehmood, Access to Justice Law Company

D. Preventative Law As A Legal Service Tool

The panel will introduce and discuss The Preventative Law Initiative, a pro-active community outreach program based in Chicago, whose goal is to empower individuals and families to make informed decisions at any point in the judicial process. The initiative is designed to provide in-depth information to communities about the litigation process, legal procedure, an individual’s legal rights, and potential legal consequences of everyday decisions. The panel will conclude with a Q & A session that will also discuss ways the initiative can be tailored to and replicated in your community.


  • Chlece N. Neal

*Program as of March 14