AMANDA BROWN, JD
Microsoft NextGen Fellow
To potential clients, navigating civil legal aid is often an opaque, confusing, and inefficient process. Last year, Microsoft, Pro Bono Net, and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) set out to change that, announcing a partnership to direct low-income persons to appropriate legal aid resources through statewide online justice portals. Microsoft NextGen Fellow Amanda Brown will join the ABA Center for Innovation to assist Microsoft and the LSC on this critical project. Amanda holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and spent her first year in practice as a disaster recovery fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.
ATHENA FAN, JD
American University Washington College of Law NextGen Fellow
Growing up in Silicon Valley, Athena was surrounded by technology. Now, at the ABA Center for Innovation, she is leveraging her legal-tech background to help one of the most underserved groups in legal services: pro se litigants. Athena is now developing an app to help litigants navigate local civil procedure, which can often seem like a maze of rules and regulations. The app will also connect litigants with nearby pro bono and legal aid programs. Athena holds a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, where she focused on patent and cyber law.
TOBIAS FRANKLIN, JD
Drawing on over a decade of experience in the tech industry, Tobias is joining the ABA Center for Innovation to build CHESTER (Chicago Expert System for Tenant Eviction Rights) to empower Chicago residents facing eviction. CHESTER will help educate and assist tenants as they grapple with potential housing loss. Tobias graduated magna cum laude from University of Maine School of Law, where he served as senior developer for the Apps for Justice Project.
NC Bar, Supreme Court, AOC Innovation Fellow
Without good administration, our courts would grind to a halt. Bryan is exploring how to make court administration more efficient, effective, and fair, including how we might leverage technology to improve access to public records. Bryan has served in elected and appointed office at the local and state levels, respectively. Bryan earned his BA in Sociology, completed a graduate-level Public Administration Fellowship, and serves as a Battalion Medical Operations Officer in the U.S. Army National Guard. Bryan and his wife live in the Raleigh area and have three children.
RESHMA KAMATH, JD
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law NextGen Fellow
Reshma’s work focuses on how emergent legal technologies can be applied both locally and internationally. At the ABA Center for Innovation, she is exploring how blockchain technology can be leveraged in consumer-driven insurance, regulatory compliance, and human rights arenas. Reshma holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She has lived, worked, and studied in ten countries. Reshma loves exploring Chicago neighborhoods.
AURORA MARTIN, JD
A pillar in the Washington State legal aid community, Aurora brings with her nearly two decades of experience, serving most recently as the Executive Director of Columbia Legal Services. At the ABA Center for Innovation, she is leveraging that experience to tackle a vexing problem: matching academic expertise with advocacy. Aurora is developing SAM (Scholar Advocacy Matchup), a virtual platform that matches scholars with advocacy groups to advance policy and research, creating better outcomes in both spheres. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.
IRENE MO, JD
While Americans spend much of their time online, few fully understand privacy and data security risks. And for low-income and marginalized Americans, there are few opportunities to learn about those risks. At the ABA Center for Innovation, Irene is creating tools and trainings to help eliminate the “digital security divide” by reducing privacy and data security risks for marginalized and low-income persons. Irene holds a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, where she was an Innovation Assistant at LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation. She previously interned at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
BRYAN WILSON, JD
A record 149 persons were exonerated in the United States last year. Bryan Wilson is working to continue that trend. At the ABA Center for Innovation, he is creating the DFENDR Project, a data-driven review framework that seeks to connect nodes within the network of innocence projects and produce data to, ultimately, help free innocent persons. Bryan holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law. He has previously worked with Legal.io and the Midwest Innocence Project; he currently does tech and policy analysis for RiskGenius and manages KC Legal Hackers.