In June, Documate founder Dorna Moini and Northwestern Law professor Dan Linna issued a challenge to law students: Build an innovative legal technology application to solve a legal problem using the Documate document-automation platform and win $1,000.
Today, the winners of that Law for Everyone Challenge, selected by a panel of independent judges, were announced, with the grand prize going to E-Pikeia, a tool developed by students in Peru that helps women file a suit for alimony or paternity acknowledgement. Here is their app and here is the demo video.
Not only did this team win the challenge, but it has also launched a legal tech company to continue developing the product. In addition to the $1,000 prize, the winning team gets a free Documate Enterprise account.
Two other teams tied for the runner-up slot. One team, FORMidable Solutions, developed the Covid Cancellations DOT Complaint Generator, an app to allow airline passengers to file a DOT complaint to obtain a refund for flights that were cancelled due to COVID-19. (See video.) The team was composed of:
- Ritesh Kotak, National Cybercrime Advisory Council.
- Taylor Bain, University of Ottawa.
- Diane Hwang, University of Ottawa.
- Meredith Ball, University of Ottawa.
The other runner up developed California Courtyard Conspiracy, a guided interview to assist individuals in challenging civil asset forfeiture, the process by which police departments can seize and sell property alleged involved in a crime. (See video.) This team consisted of two students at UCLA Law:
Entrants were judged by a panel that included Linna; Amy Halverson, director of knowledge management, research and information services at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; and Kathryn DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Judging was based on three criteria:
- Demonstrated understanding of the gap in the legal market, including understanding existing solutions and tools.
- Demonstrated understanding of the legal problem and need.
- Effectiveness, usability, scalability, sustainability, and creativity.
A full list of all the finalists can be found here.