Every year millions of Americans confront high-stakes legal matters like eviction, deportation, and child custody without the assistance of counsel. Yet study after study indicates that quality legal assistance often means the difference between success or failure, between keeping a family in their home or not. That’s why Community.lawyer is committed to developing technology to break down the barriers of cost and capacity that separate everyday Americans from quality legal help. Every choice we make as a company, every product we design, every partnership we form — we measure against that standard.
To formalize this commitment, we’ve incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation (“PBC”) and, in our company charter, enshrined our mission to promote access to quality legal help. PBCs are new kinds of social enterprises that are legally required to think beyond their bottom lines. We are proud to join the less than 1% of American corporations that are empowered to place mission and sustainability before profit.
In industry after industry, new technologies are transforming traditional models and creating both new challenges and opportunities. Over the last decade alone, software has produced radical changes in the way Americans shop for goods (Amazon), obtain transportation (Uber), and visit new places (Airbnb). The legal profession stands at a crossroads of its own, with emerging technologies and shifting behaviors forcing a rethinking of how legal help is delivered.
At Community.lawyer, P.B.C., we believe that embracing these trends should not require the legal profession to compromise either its autonomy or its ethical obligations. Rather, the right technology can unlock new opportunities to — in the words of former ABA President Hubbard — “deliver justice, not just to some, but to all.” Community.lawyer develops technology to deliver on that belief and empower legal networks and organizations to amplify their impact. Our products range from portals that help bar associations operate their lawyer referral services to hosting services that help legal experts encode their knowledge.
Our ultimate aim is to build an ecosystem of services that combine technological innovation with respect for professional standards to deliver quality legal help to more Americans.
We are a team of public service-driven lawyers and engineers with a track record of social impact work at organizations like the Legal Aid Society and ACLU and through contributions to open-source technology projects. We also have deep experience in software development, shipping scores of products and features for Fortune 500 companies in diverse sectors like media, travel, and retail.
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