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Landlord-Tenant Dispute Service Wins Legal Startup Challenge

Publication Date: 
August 19, 2014
Daily Journal
Joshua Sebold

The Daily Journal quotes fellow Ron Dolin, who judged the inaugural "LegalTech Startup Weekend," on the emerging market for legal startups and their role in providing services.

Tired of waiting for the American Bar Association to change its rules on the unlicensed practice of law, technology and legal enthusiasts on Sunday gathered at Airbnb Inc.'s headquarters in an attempt to push the limits of the profession, creating and pitching startups intended to provide consumers with legal services without violating the law.

"LegalTech Startup Weekend," organized by five third-year UC Hastings College of the Law students and backed in part by the Seattle-based nonprofit Startup Weekend, was a concerted effort to bring participants together to pitch ideas and launch new companies over 54 hours in three days.


Stanford Law School research fellow Ron A. Dolin, another judge, said there's room in the legal market for someone to fill the space between LegalZoom and traditional law firms, but the project was too ambitious to be accomplished and presented coherently in an eight minute presentation after only 54 hours to plan, design and engineer the product.