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Social Justice Hackathon – congratulations participants!

Over the weekend our firm was proud to co-sponsor the first ever Social Justice Hackathon at Seattle University School of Law. This event brought together law-trained professionals, designers and programmers to collaborate. Teams competed over the weekend to create projects that helped to solve our State’s access to justice problem. On Saturday night the teams demoed their projects and I did my best to capture them on video. With apologies for marginal sound quality, here they are.

Kudos to the event’s organizers, Miguel Willis, Daniel Sandoval, Diana Singleton and Khyrie Alleyne. And thanks to our co-sponsors, Microsoft, Rehmke & Flynn, Seattle University School of Law, and Avvo.


Winning Team: Court Whisperer

Court Whisperer is a mobile application that enables people to fill out court forms by speaking and that produces a finished, properly formatted court document. Basically, this app allows users to fill out court forms on a phone without having to actually deal with the forms themselves. Not only that, but the app can use the phone’s voice-recognition software to allow the user to speak his/her answers.

Team members: Katherine Alteneder (Project Lead), Mathias Burton (UX), Dan Liebling (Dev), Bob Watson (UX), Taylor Lea (Dev), and Judd Deaver (Dev).

Paid It

This is a mobile app for clients facing eviction due to lack of rental (or other documents of proof) evidence to present in legal cases. Users can create a ledger of their payments with an easy interface that allows them to photograph and save heir payment instrument (e.g., money order) right in the ledger.

Team members: Michael (Legal – Project Owner), Destinee (Project Manager), Jacob (Legal), Rahn (SDET), Liam (Android Dev), Allison (UX Designer), Diana (UX Designer), Chris (iOS Dev).

Conflict Hacking

Conflict Hacking is a triage-style site that will guide people to information, resources, and attorneys in order to help them resolve conflicts in their lives.

Team members: Jim Levy (Legal & Conflict Coach), Ket Ng (Jack-of-all-Trades Intern), Tom Seymour (Attorney & Software Developer), and Dan (Consultant of All Things Code).

NLC Resource Dispersion Optimization

This team worked to develop a solution to more easily share self-help legal resources with clients that the Neighborhood Legal Clinic serves. They created this innovative solution through an inventive application of cutting-edge web technologies. The team launched an impressive prototype in just one day, allowing Clinic attorneys to easily send resources to their clients at the tap of a screen.

Team members: Sara Huang (EVP of Front End Development), David Sessoms (Senior UX Designer), Akash Badshah (Principal Solution Architect), Adelaine Shay (Legal Partner), Austin Chang (Senior Managing CSV Partner), Dan McKeown (Pacific Pelican), Rene Miller (Executive API Manager).

WAIAC project

A website to help promote authentic Indian arts and crafts in Washington.

Team members: Arina Romo (Project lead from WAIAC),  Chuck Sweet (Developer),  Kristina Voros (Designer), Steve Pederzani (Law Student rep).


A website for curating online legal self-help resources.

Team members: Carly (Legal), Sean (Legal), Forrest (Legal/Front-end), Carl (Designer/Dev.):


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[Crowd funding project]

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