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Ron A. Dolin
Research Fellow

Ron received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work in computer science, obtaining a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron ended up as one of the first 100 at Google, and left after several years to get a law degree from U.C. Hastings. Ron is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and teaches legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School. Ron is working on a program on legal innovation at Stanford's School of Design, as well as working with Berkeley's Schools of Law and Information, gearing up to teach legal technology there as well. Ron recently gave a keynote talk about the injection of innovation in big law at the G100 meeting of the CIO's of the 100 largest law firms at the ILTA 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

Margaret Hagan
Fellow

Margaret Hagan is a fellow at Stanford Law’s Center on the Legal Profession and a lecturer at Stanford Institute of Design (the d.school). She was a fellow at the d.school from 2013-2014, where she launched the Program for Legal Tech & Design, experimenting in how design can make legal services more usable, useful & engaging. She  taught a series of project-based classes, with interdisciplinary student groups tackling legal challenges through user-focused research and design of new legal products and services.  She also leads workshops to train legal professionals in the design process, to produce client-focused innovation .Margaret graduated from Stanford Law School in June 2013. She served as a student fellow at the Center for Internet & Society and president of the Stanford Law and Technology Association. While a student, she built the game app Law Dojo to make studying for law school classes more interactive & engaging.  She also started the blog Open Law Lab  to document legal innovation and design work. Margaret holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MA from Central European University in Budapest, and a PhD from Queen's University Belfast in International Politics.  She is originally from Pittsburgh.

 
Patrick M. Hanlon
Research Fellow

Patrick M. Hanlon received a doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1974 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1976. After a year clerking for Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he joined Shea & Gardner in Washington DC. For the next 30 years he practiced as a litigator at Shea & Gardner and (after a merger in 2004) Goodwin Procter, concentrating in complex litigation, class actions, and mass toxic and environmental torts. From 2008 through 2011 he was on the faculty of Boalt Hall, where he taught torts and professional responsibility. In 2012 he joined Stanford as a Research Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession, where he is studying the impact of globalization and technology on the world of “Big Law.” Hanlon has a special interest in examining the forces that that have led to an unprecedented number of law firm failures in recent years.

Deborah M. Hussey Freeland
Research Fellow
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Deborah M. Hussey Freeland earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She has pursued her primary research interests in Legal Ethics and Law & Science as a Graduate Fellow of the Stanford Center of Conflict and Negotiation, as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy, and as a Science Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. She teaches Science and the Law, Civil Procedure and Evidence on the faculty of the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2013 she joined the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession as a Research Fellow, studying trends in legal education and the market for legal services.

Stephanie Kimbro
Fellow

Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, is a Fellow at Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and Co-Director of the Center for Law Practice Technology. She is the author of Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online(2010), Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client (2012),Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyers’ Guide to the Online Legal Marketplace (2013), and Online Legal Services for the Client-Centric Law Firm (2013). Her current research and work involves the use of gamification and games to increase engagement with the public around legal issues.Stephanie practiced law for ten years delivering unbundled, online legal services to clients through a virtual law firm. In that time, she also founded a legal technology startup which was acquired by a larger legal tech company in 2009. She writes about ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of tech to increase access to justice. She has presented and guest lectured for many state bars, law schools and other organizations across the country on the topic of legal technology and law practice management. Stephanie is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and a recipient of the ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering. She has taught as an adjunct professor at several law schools and is currently developing two mobile games for legal services.

Molly Selvin
Research Fellow
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Molly Selvin serves as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School, where she oversees the JD/MBA program with the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University and the Certificate Program with the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is associate editor of the Journal of Legal Education; and teaches courses in media and the history of public policy. Just prior to joining Southwestern, Selvin served as Interim Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) where for 25 years she has taught courses on the U.S. Constitution, the uses of history in policy analysis, and the role of the media in public policy. From 1990 to 2008, she was on the staff of the Los Angeles Times, as an editorial writer and news reporter, focusing on civil and criminal justice, the legal profession, local government, land use, and reproductive rights. Selvin has also been a Senior Fellow in UCLA’s School of Public Affairs for several years. In 2012, she became a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, where her research focuses on changes in the market for corporate legal services.