In 2018, Wolters Kluwer launched the first Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation with the purpose of awarding teams that demonstrated a vision for improving outcomes and educational opportunities for law school students and new associates. In the first year of the prize, two winning teams were awarded $10,000 each. In this webinar, you’ll hear from team members about their projects and their plans to implement them.
The Pathways Project: Connecting Ambition with Opportunity for Underrepresented Law Students
- Hosea H. Harvey, Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law
- Gregory Parks, Associate Dean of Research, Public Engagement, & Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law
The Pathways Project will use data from a selection of national law schools to identify independent factors that contribute to under-performance in law school and on the bar exam, and to implement interventions to address those factors. The project will serve law students from the groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. The prize will support the research and analysis costs associated with this data-heavy inquiry.
Expanding Access to Justice and Practical Legal Training
- Chad Trainer, Co-founder and CEO of Proboknow and Lowboknow
- Scott Barnes, Co-founder and COO of Proboknow and Lowboknow
- Martin Pritikin, Dean of Concord Law School at Purdue University Global
- Gabriel Teninbaum, Professor and Director of the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology at Suffolk University Law School
- William Tanner, Director of Clinic and Pro Bono Programs at the Veterans Legal Institute and the Executive Director of the Consortium on Access to Justice.
This team focused on two related start-ups—Proboknow and Lowboknow—that are geared toward bridging the access to justice gap. Proboknow is a not-for-profit online platform that connects newer attorneys with low-income clients in need of pro bono help, as well as experienced attorneys to serve as mentors—making it easier and more convenient to connect with pro bono cases and helpful resources. Proboknow is supported by Lowboknow, a for-profit start-up that connects those who earn too much to qualify for free legal help, and yet not enough to afford market rates, with solo practitioners and small law firms who are willing to either reduce their standard rates or make their services more affordable through limited scope representation. The prize will help to fund the companies’ expansion into Boston to network for lawyers on the East Coast.
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