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Students from different schools are teamed up and assigned a controversial or unsettled topic in legal education or practice. Their ultimate goal is to develop a Project of Worth (a business plan for a company, service, or product) that they will present at the end of the semester to a wide audience, including venture capitalists. To reach this goal, student teams: 1) read relevant scholarship, connect with mentors and subject experts, and interview professionals immersed in the relevant field(s) in order to build a core knowledge base; 2) identify one narrow problem within their broad topic; 3) brainstorm with their mentors to find a creative and practical solution to the identified problem; 4) create an action plan to develop their solution into a Project of Worth; and 5) collaborate with a leading academic or practitioner to present their Project of Worth in a dynamic, comprehensive fashion at the culminating ConPosium.

The Project of Worth could take many forms. It could be a website, a computer program or application, a three dimensional architectural model, a new educational course or degree, an NGO, or a consultancy. The possibilities are endless.  The Project of Worths' goals could range from increasing access to justice to providing more cost-effective education to maximizing profit.

Click the followin links for this year's topics for Projects of Worth: LWOW, LWOW X, LWOW X Compliance.

Below are descriptions of our students' incredible Projects of Worth from years' past. 

Winners' Circle:  See the Best Projects of Worth:  LWOW OriginalLWOW X, and LWOW X Compliance

2015 Projects of Worth

LWOW Original

  • Topic: Servicing the Lawyers to Service the Clients: How Can Technology, New Mediums, and Global Support Structures be Utilized to Help Lawyers Help their Clients?
  • Project of Worth: LawBoat: Keep Your Case Afloat
    An online platform that matches lawyers with clients in search of affordable legal services. LawBoat utilizes a proprietary Issue Spotting Matrix to analyze each client’s specific legal needs and connect the client with the best fit among LawBoat’s database of experienced lawyers. 
  • Creators: Li Xiaozheng (STL), Kate McCreery (UCL), John Pence (IU)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Eric Van den Haute (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Practitioner Mentor: Edward Williams (Eversheds),  Corporate Mentor: Chris Fox (Vodafone), Entrepreneur Mentor: Keith Porcaro (SIMlab), Alumni Advisor: Wojtek Zaluska (IE University, Law) 
  • Topic: Got Ethics? Making Use of Bar Organizations’ Ethics Opinions
  • Project of Worth: Showtegrity: The Right Way to Go
    An e-learning platform designed to educate law firm support staff on how to properly handle common ethical dilemmas that arise in a law firm setting.
  • Creators: Scott Breen (IU), Tamar Firon (TAU), Xie Tian (STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Bruce Green (Fordham), Practitioner Mentor: Yawen Han (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Ryan Troupe (Li & Fugng), Entrepreneur Mentor: John Stewart (Stewart, Evans, Stewart & Emmons, P.A.), Alumni Advisor: Lulia Hito (Miami Law)
  • Topic: Legal Entrepreneurs and Venture Capital: Finding a Common Language in an Uncommon Ground
  • Project of Worth: LegalSeed: Funding the Future of Law
    An equity crowdfunding platform that bridges the gap between startup infancy and seed funding by vetting and mentoring legal startups, as well as connecting them with accredited investors. 
  • Creators: Ana Belón Bordes (IE), Michael Land (Miami Law), Ozzy Gdalevitch (U of Montréal) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Ray Campbell (STL), Practitioner Mentor: Julie Menhem (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Elena Denkovska (Majid Al Futtaim Ventures LLC) , Entrepreneur Mentor: Diogo Duarte (FiNE/ect.), Business Mentor: Gerard Brady (LK Shields Solicitors), Business Mentor: Adrian McGreevy (Microsoft), Alumni Advisor: Sigtryggur Arnthorsson (Bifröst University)  
  • Topic: Training the Trainers: Which Skills Should Law Professors Have for 21st Century Professoring?
  • Project of Worth: Project Agora: Where law school adjuncts gather & grow
    A nonprofit organization providing law school adjuncts with in-person and online opportunities to collaborate and foster the skills and relationships necessary to be effective 21st century law professors.
  • Creators: Chen Shenglan (STL), Nicholas Dowd (Fordham), Isabel Velasco (PUC) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: John Flood (UCD Sutherland School of Law), Practitioner Mentor: Eoin Mac Aodha (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Erika Murphy (Glanbia Plc), Entrepreneur Mentor: Kushal Malhotra (Strategic Legal Solutions), Alumni Advisor: Ana Martinez Valls (IE)  
  • Topic: Limited Legal License Technicians: Glorified Paralegals or New Roles for Increased Access to Justice
  • Project of Worth: ResoClick: A Resolution is Just a Click Away
    A Canadian mediation firm providing a comfortable, convenient, efficient, and totally virtual solution for parties involved in family law disputes who cannot or do not want to meet face-to-face.
  • Creators: April Collaku (Fordham), Jean-Nicolas Yacoub (U of Montréal), Boingotlo Maroane (Wits)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: James Peters (Legalzoom.com), Practitioner Mentor: Edward Tompkin (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Ana Carolina Pescarmona (Reckitt Benckiser), Ajaz Ahmed (360 Legal, Freeserve), Alumni Advisor: Eric Cuevas (IE)  
  • Topic: Breaking the Conviction Cycle: How Can We Empower Our At-Risk Youth After the First Offense
  • Project of Worth: Social Shift Hub: Invest in Good
    An online intermediary agency that helps bring quality social projects targeting youth recidivism to life by connecting projects in financial need with willing private investors.
  • Creators: Cat Hogan (IHEID), Aurelio Scarfó (Bucerius), Rosine Uwineza (UCL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Cheryl Zuckerman (Miami Law), Practitioner Mentor: Oliver Shipway (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Amisa Patel (Santander), Entrepreneur Mentor: Ida Abbott (College of Law Practice Management, Hastings Leadership Academy for Women), Business Mentor: Vasco Bilbao-Bastida (Deloitte Consulting), Alumni Advisor: Paul DeCoster (Fordham) 
  • Topic: Dinosaurs in Sneakers: How Can Biglaw Innovate, Collaborate and Change to Avoid Extinction and Get Back in the Race?
  • Project of Worth: Vāyu: Collaborate for Growth
    Collaborative software for Biglaw lawyers that facilitates large-scale, global teamwork on complex matters by consolidating communication and work product in a centralized platform. 
  • Creators: Marlene Duarte (Miami Law), Iram Huq (Harvard), Erika Ly (Sydney Law)
  • Mentors: Practitioner Mentor: James Batham (Eversheds), Practitioner Mentor: Richard Hill (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Pip McKenzie (Unilever), Entrepreneur Mentor: Matan Ganani (Never Empty.com), Alumni Advisor: Amir Singh Dhillon (Axiom) 
  • Topic: The Wild Wild West of Arbitration: Are You Ready for What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors?
  • Project of Worth: Arbitr: The New Generation of Arbitration
    Offers startups and small companies a user-friendly way to browse and find emerging arbitrators in a way that makes arbitration more cost-effective.
  • CreatorsAdam Amir (Stanford), Sofia Polizzy Carbonelli (IE), Juuso Turtiainen (UCL) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marike Paulsson (Miami Law), Practitioner Mentor: Rebecca Clowes (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Glyn Richards (Bupa), Entrepreneur Mentor: Gabriella Morello (Hogan Lovells), Alumni Advisor: Laura Song (IU)
  • Topic: Redesigning the Law Classroom on the Cheap:  What Can We Learn From Teaching and Learning Methods Outside of Law
  • Project of Worth: Minerva: Teach to learn. Learn to teach.
    An online portal that offers course planning tools, teaching techniques, and nationwide knowledge-sharing to help new law professors succeed inside the classroom and within the world of academia.
  • Creators: James Hopkins (Wharton), Mike Kranzler (Miami Law), Arnar Stefansson (Bifröst) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Sebastian Zarazate (Universidad Catolica de Chile), Practitioner Mentor: Ruth Fairhurst (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Katie Ward (Cigna Insurance Services)
  • Alumni Advisor: Laura Callava (Vari & Associates) 
  • Topic: In a Glocal World, How do Corporations Reduce the Dark Zone of Unknown Corporate Misconduct? There’s Got to be a Solution for That
  • Project of Worth: WhiteHatters: Creating Human Firewalls
    WhiteHatters increases cybersecurity protection and builds awareness against targeted phishing attacks through simulation and deconstruction learning.
  • Creators: Vincent Beyer (IHEID), David O'Donovan (UCD), Alexandra Marshakova (Bucerius) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Moray McLaren (IE Business/Redstone Consultants), Practitioner Mentor: Joanne Canning (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Duncan Watson (Deutsche Bank), Entrepreneur Mentor: Darren Mee (Novus Modo Consulting), Alumni Advisor: Giorgia Linardi (IHEID)
  • Topic: There's No Access to Justice Without Access: How Can We Deal with Disabilities in the Courtroom?
  • Project of Worth: VIS Nexus: Translawit for On Demand / Video / Virtual Interpretation Services
    Uses video-link technology to bridge the communication gap by providing on-demand virtual interpretation services for UK courts.
  • Creators: Zach Knechtel (IHEID), Ross Mullane (UCD), Patricia Silva (PCU)
  • Mentors:  Practitioner Mentor: Phil Spyropoulos (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Navreen Batra (BNP Paribas), Entrepreneur Mentor: Alexis Caught (Strategy Four), Alumni Advisor: Josh Brandsdorfer (Miami Law)
  • Topic: Harnessing The Power of Watson: Utilizing Cognitive Technology to Help the Law Firm Make Better Decisions and Build a Stronger Relationship with Clients
  • Project of Worth: WeSeeRisk: Navigating Risk to Fast Track Your Dreams
    An app that helps entrepreneurs identify, understand, and navigate legal decisions so they can build their dream business without worry.
  • Creators: Maame Boateng (Wits), Justin Schiff (Miami Law), Michael Wuttig (IE)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Peter Lederer (LawWithoutWalls), Practitioner Mentor: Andrew Hirst (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Peter Metcalfe (Kier), Entrepreneur Mentor: Chrissie Lightfoot (Entrepreneur Lawyer Limited), Business Mentor: Imogen Lee (Eversheds), Geevith Rubakumar (UEL)
  • Topic: Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Finding an Interim Solution for Law Grads Without Jobs
  • Project of Worth: Reach: Conquer Compliance, Enhance Yourself
    REACH bridges the gap between compliance and culture by training Chinese law graduates in US compliance laws and then facilitating placements with American companies and firms operating in China.
  • Creators: Naama Ben Dov (TAU), Christian Rioult (U of St. Gallen), Junqi Zhang (STL) 
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Marco Salgado (UCL), Practitioner Mentor: Felicity Yates (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Karen Stapleton (Network Rail), Entrepreneur Mentor: Jonathan Broder (MyMotionCalendar.com), Entrepreneur Mentor: Matan Ganani (NeverEmptyapp.com) (People-Sports.com), Alumni Advisor: Koren Grinshpoon (Tel Aviv)
  • Topic: Exits and Re-entries in the Law Market: Stop-Gaps? Or Potential For Innovation
  • Project of Worth: GoGetHer: Enabling ambitious women
    Using GPS and social networking technology, the GoGetHer app connects moms looking to re-enter the legal market with a community of women wanting to elevate the role of women in law leadership.
  • Creators: Jake Pfeffer (Sydney Law), Yael Kastiel-Rubinstein (U of St. Gallen), Rachel Streitfeld (Miami Law)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Denise Dyce (North Shore-LIJ Health System), Practitioner Mentor: Peter Sudbury (Barclays), Practitioner Mentor: Jonathan Talacko (Eversheds), Corporate Mentor: Ashok Muthappan (Roche), Corporate Mentor: Renaldo Booyens (G4S), Entrepreneur Mentor: Alexandra Wuttig (Jones Day, Germany), Alumni Advisor: Mike Paranal (Superior Lithographics, Inc.)
  • Topic: Running For Their Lives: How Can the Legal Profession Help Prevent Violent Crimes Against Minors So They Don’t Have to Flee?
  • Project of Worth: Advocat
    A revolutionary, multilingual interface for minor immigrant detainees and their advocates that uses gamification to build trust and explain and safeguard the best interests of the child.
  • CreatorsWiktor Los (Bucerius)Aisling Malone (UCL), Marie Santunione (École HEAD)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Heui Young Choi (Chungbuk), Practitioner Mentor: Liz Rieser-Murphy (The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights), Entrepreneur Mentor: Andy Daws (Riverview Law), Alumni Advisor: Pia Nuñez (Cariola, Diez, Pérez-Cotapos)

LWOW X

  • Topic: Servicing the Lawyers to Service the Clients: How Can Technology, New Mediums, and Global Support Structures be Utilized to Help Lawyers Help their Clients?
  • Project of Worth: StreamlineHousing Law
    Online platform to help lawyers provide more efficient + effective service by empowering their housing clients. 
  • Creators: Al Hounsell (York/Osgoode), James Mosley (UCL), Yuwei Zhang (STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Cynthia Williams (Osgoode), Practitioner Mentor: Casey Prato (Virtual Legal Associate), Entrepreneur Mentor: Dan Lear (Legal Hacker), Alumni Advisor: Yana Mityaeva (The Corpag Group
  • Topic: Legal Entrepreneurs and Venture Capital: Finding a Common Language in an Uncommon Ground
  • Project of Worth: Athena
    Bridges the funding gap: a showcase for legal startups to connect w/all types of funders: crowd, angel, Vcs. 
  • Creators: Gilles Lai (École HEAD), Juan Tomas Arrabal (IE), Hilary Grubb (UCL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Andy Simpson (American Express), Entrepreneur Mentor: Ivan Rasic (Legal Trek), Alumni Advisor: Josh Brandsdorfer (Miami Law)
  • Topic: Training the Trainers: Which Skills Should Law Professors Have for 21st Century Professoring?
  • Project of Worth: LawProfPedia
    An online community celebrating + spreading great law teaching practices.
  • Creators: Ana Luiza Siqueira Campos (Bucerius), Michael Lee (UCL), Fiona Li (Miami Law)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Laurel Terry (Penn State), Practitioner Mentor: Iñigo Cisneros(Mediapro/ICH Legal), Entrepreneur Mentor: Adam Ziegler (Mootus), Alumni Advisor: Chelsea Shar(Wits)   
  • Topic: Limited Legal License Technicians: Glorified Paralegals or New Roles for Increased Access to Justice
  • Project of Worth: Artemis
    A tool to help corporation’s ensure that third party suppliers comply with corporate ethics and regulations.
  • Creators: Tasneem Alom (UCL) Shilpa Anand (École HEAD), Naomi Ling (UEL) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Ed Waitzer (York University),  Practitioner Mentor: David Rueff (Baker Donelson), Practitioner Mentor: Katie Callinan (McCann Fitzgerald), Entrepreneur Mentor: Tobit Martel
  • Topic: Breaking the Conviction Cycle: How Can We Empower Our At-Risk Youth After the First Offense
  • Project of Worth: ArtCrowd 
    Connecting art suppliers+volunteers+institutions to help at risk youth create a brighter picture via art.
  • Creators: Vladislav Ioukhyma (UCL), Ásdís Oddsdóttir (Bifröst), Tashyana Thompson (Miami Law)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Tamara Lave (Miami Law), Practitioner Mentor: Mike Greenberg (Ventures Edge), Entrepreneur Mentor: Eric Amat (FiNE/ect.), Alumni Advisor: Briane Cornish-Knight (Responsive Law) 
  • Topic: Dinosaurs in Sneakers: How Can Biglaw Innovate, Collaborate and Change to Avoid Extinction and Get Back in the Race?
  • Project of Worth: LexGo
    Enabling litigation associates to identify firm lawyers that have worked with the same clients+counsel+judges.
  • Creators: Joy Bradley (UCL), Andrea Nickerson (Miami Law), Loly Sosa (Harvard) 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Scott Rogers (Miami Law), Practitioner Mentor: Kara Romagnino (CTIA-The Wireless Association), Entrepreneur Mentor: Phyllis Weiss-Haserot (Practice Development Counsel), Alumni Advisor: Geoffrey Weg (New York Law) 
  • Topic: Running For Their Lives: How Can the Legal Profession Help Prevent Violent Crimes Against Minors So They Don’t Have to Flee?
  • Project of Worth: Advocat
    A revolutionary, multilingual interface for minor immigrant detainees and their advocates that uses gamification to build trust and explain and safeguard the best interests of the child.
  • Creators: Wiktor Los (Bucerius)Aisling Malone (UCL), Marie Santunione (École HEAD)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Heui Young Choi (Chungbuk), Practitioner Mentor: Liz Rieser-Murphy (The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights), Entrepreneur Mentor: Andy Daws (Riverview Law), Alumni Advisor: Pia Nuñez (Cariola, Diez, Pérez-Cotapos)
  • Topic: Redesigning the Law Classroom on the Cheap: What Can We Learn From Teaching and Learning Methods Outside of Law?
  • Project of Worth: Ole
    Providing students around the world access to niche courses by helping law professors offer these courses online.
  • Creators: Jessica Conard (IU), Tamara Ristic (UCL), Selma Smáradóttir (Bifröst), Dean Schlesinger (Miami Law)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Jon Harman (Honeyboot & Lemon), Practitioner Mentor: Susan Cartier-Liebel (Solo Practice University), Corporate Mentor: Liz Lamar (Affinity Consulting Group), Alumni Advisor: Theo Lister (UCL)

LWOW X Compliance

  • Topic: Effective Strategies to Prevent Retaliation for Reporting Misconduct
  • Project of Worth: C.P.R.: Compliance Produces Results
    A secure app for small + med businesses that provides industry specific compliance + ethics info in real time.
  • Creators: Nicholas Bertram (U of Montréal) Nicolas Sepulveda (PUC), Daniel McCarty (Miami Law)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Anna Donovan (UCL), Innovation Mentor: Marcin Rachwalski (Capital Group LOTOS Petrobaltic S.A.), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Lisa Hixon (State Street), Alumni Advisor: Iqra Mussadaq (HaidermotaBNR & Co.)
  • Topic: Managing Ethics and Compliance Risk Downstream through the Supply Chain
  • Project of Worth: GoFairWork: Fair Play by Fair Work
    A platform for self-reporting to protect construction workers rights when building FIFA World Cup facilities.
  • CreatorsMaria Pedrique (PUC), Karl-Erich Trisberg (Bucerius)Lisa Wiese (U of Leipzig)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marie-Claude Rigaud (U of Montréal), Innovation Mentor: Phyllis Dealy (Woods, Witt, Dealy & Sons), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Murray Grainger (Impact on Integrity), Alumni Advisor: Chetna Kumar (NLS)
  • Topic: Building Effective Anti-Corruption Initiatives that Target Third Party Intermediaries
  • Project of Worth: SmartSearch
    A software enabling compliance officials to compare legal codes from different jurisdictions to facilitate transactions with third-party intermediaries.
  • Creators: Aitana Balboa Linares (École HEAD)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Earnie Broughton (ERC), Innovation Mentor: Kevin Doolan (Moller PSF Group, Churchill), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Coraline Haitjema (Hoyng Monegier), Alumni Advisor: Chetna Kumar (NLS)
  • Topic: Anti-Trust Compliance Issues in an International Context
  • Project of Worth: Athletips: the game that teaches you the rules
    A fun, trivia-based game that allows student athletes to learn the rules in the NCAA handbook while tracking the progress of athlete’s right to compensation.
  • Creators: Ryuji Kato (UCL), Adrienne Scheffey (Miami Law), Alexandre Weber (École HEAD)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: David Abraham (Miami Law), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Katharina Hastenrath Katharina Hastenrath (Quadriga University Berlin), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Tobit Martel (U of Montréal), Alumni Advisor: Chetna Kumar (NLS) 
  • Topic: Developing Effective Communications Strategies for Ethics and Compliance Topics
  • Project of Worth: MobiComply: Play with your phone and Save Lives
    A one stop application aimed to solve the compliance communication issues faced by companies having off site employees, especially the mid-size construction companies in India.
  • Creators:  Jasmin Choo (Bucerius), Sweeya Vasireddy (UCL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marcia Narine (St. Thomas), Innovation Mentor: Lisa Lanham (Dentons US), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Paul Lannon (Holland & Knight), Alumni Advisor: Bhargavi Raman (NLS) 
  • Topic: Dealing with the Effects of Mental Health Issues on Ethics-Related Conduct
  • Project of Worth: Firmind: Mindful Compliance
    Raises awareness of lawyer depression w/an app promoting wellness by uncovering gaps in law firms' mental health services
  • Creators: Danielle Coupet (Miami Law), Anna Charlotte Kempe (Leipzig), Brendan Monahan (York/Osgoode)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Chris Baker (École HEAD), Innovation Mentor: Rico Williams (Apple, Inc.), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Rami Turayhi (Latham & Watkins), Alumni Advisor: Bhargavi Raman (NLS)
  • Topic: Managing Conflicts of interest Between Companies and Regulators
  • Project of Worth: GongZhuShiAn
    A mobile application that collects consumers’ negative reflections about any store or restaurant they have just visited.
  • CreatorsHan Yanjun (STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Rob Rosen (Miami Law), Innovation Mentor: Miwa Gardner Page (A.T. Kearney), Innovation Mentor: Chris Swift-Perez (White & Case), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Sean Maye (Miami Dade Public Defender's Office), Alumni Advisor: Andreas Imthurn (U of St. Gallen)
  • Topic: In a Glocal World, How do Corporations Reduce the Dark Zone of Unknown Corporate Misconduct
  • Project of Worth: Nom Nom Nom
    An app which provides Chinese people wtih information about fast food + the suppliers.
  • Creators: Ruan Min (STL), Christina Straub (U of Leipzig)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Rick Williamson (Miami Law), Innovation Mentor: Mark Graffagnini (Graffagnini & Associates), Lawyer/Compliance Mentor: Chris Callahan (Farmer & Associates), Alumni Advisor: Alessandra Ionata (U of Montréal)

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2014 Projects of Worth

LWOW Original

  • Topic: Increasing Access to Justice and Creating New Models of Regulation: How Can the Two Go Hand-in-Hand?
  • Project of Worth: ProBonoPro.org “Be #selfless.”
    Be #selfless with ProBonoPro.org, a social media platform that matches law students with relevant pro bono opportunities, allows students to track and certify their pro bono hours, and enables others to publicly endorse students’ skills. 
  • CreatorsVasco Bilbao-BastidaLulia HitoSakumzi Langa
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marcia Narine, Practitioner Mentor: Hena Ninan, Corporate Mentor: Rebecca Vaughan, Entrepreneur Mentor: Sean McDonald, Alumni Advisor: Ashley Matthews
  • Topic: Court Systems and Technology: If I am a Legal Document Where Do I Go and How Do I Get There?
  • Project of Worth: Judgment Pay "It’s finally the day you get paid, it’s judgment pay."
    Judgment Pay is an online portal that harnesses the powers of crowdsourcing to help those who have obtained a favorable civil judgment collect the money they are owed. 
  • CreatorsPaul DeCosterIvan LouisLaura Song
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Diego Arroyo, Practitioner Mentor: Laura Mazzola, Corporate Mentor: David McBride, Corporate Mentor: Peter Sudbury, Entrepreneur Mentor: Andy Daws, Alumni Advisor: Kushal Malhotra
  • Topic: Practicing Law as a Network Rather Than as a Firm:  Best Practices, Best Platforms, Best Rules of the Game
  • Project of Worth: LegalDiAMOND “Ironing out the wrinkles in the transition from law firm partner to an active retirement.”
    LegalDiAMOND provides retiring partners with a smooth transition out of the law firm by facilitating meaningful connections to charity organizations. 
  • CreatorsSophie Berner-EydeDanielle CoupetAnnabelle Gauvain
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Moray McLaren, Practitioner Mentor: Jamie Dunlop, Corporate Mentor: Suwad Patankar, Entrepreneur Mentor: Kevin Doolan, Alumni Advisor: Pia Nuñez
  • Topic: It’s Not Our Responsibility Or Is It?:  Balancing the Commercial Goal of Making Money with the Moral Obligation to Protect Human Rights
  • Project of Worth: FACToryReport “Vision through Voice: Providing Companies with true vision into their factories by giving a voice to the workers.”
    FACToryReport is a mobile-based grievance mechanism that collects and reports data and is linked to a certification system to promote corporate social responsibility and increased supply chain transparency. 
  • CreatorsErica AppelmanTiernan ChristensenGiorgia Linardi
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Rita Shackel, Practitioner Mentor: Liz Rieser-Murphy, Practitioner Mentor: Victoria Groves, Corporate Mentor: Manisha Ramchurn, Entrepreneur Mentor: Bryan Treglia, Business Mentor: Imogen Lee, Alumni Advisor: Lining Zhang
  • Topic: Business Advisor, Psychiatrist, Friend, Legal Counsellor, Gatekeeper: Putting the Many Faces of the Lawyer Together in an Integrative Way
  • Project of Worth: Spring Now “Grow your business from the ground up.”
    Spring Now provides practical, interactive, and effective legal and business resources to the modern small business owner operating online. From setup to sale, Spring Now guides small business owners to success. 
  • CreatorsLin DeyuMaria Daniela PedriqueOnur Saygin
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Robert E. Rosen, Practitioner Mentor: John Wilson, Corporate Mentor: Kennies Fung, Entrepreneur Mentor: Ida Abbott, Alumni Advisor: Jill Barrett
  • Topic: Secondments: Client Service at its Best or a Second Rate Solution?
  • Project of Worth: Second.Me "Putting secondments first."
    Second.Me is a virtual platform that allows law firms to maximise their returns on a secondment. Second.Me's proprietary software allows users to capture value typically lost in the secondment review process by enabling knowledge sharing and management. 
  • CreatorsKaruna LakhaniMarco PindoAnne Rickelt
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Larry Marshall, Practitioner Mentor: Laura Bickerton, Corporate Mentor: Dominique Ashby, Entrepreneur Mentor: Peter Lederer, Alumni Advisor: Steve Mehr
  • Topic: Introducing The New Shareholders: Designing The Optimal Law Firm Ownership Structure in an ABS World
  • Project of Worth: Case Crowdfund “Accessing Justice from the Cloud”
    Case Crowdfund is the Kickstarter of personal injury litigation in the United States. We help connect personal injury victims and their law firms with people looking to profit from investing in the legal services industry while furthering access to justice. 
  • CreatorsDong ShaolingRoberto GomesMartin Sui-Ming Hui 
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Brian Broughman, Practitioner Mentor: Ryan Mark, Corporate Mentor: Mona Qiu, Entrepreneur Mentor: James Batham, Alumni Advisor: Sean Maye
  • Topic: Court Systems and Technology: If I am a Legal Document Where Do I Go and How Do I Get There?
  • Project of Worth: Nirubi “Hear Victims, Help Victims, Protect Victims.”
    Help victims of Human Rights abuses find their voice and share their story. Nirubi is an innovative app interface that provides a secure way for NGOs to gather, record, and share witness testimony.
  • CreatorsCiara BeadesClaire FarnouxGeevith Rubakumar
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marie-Claude Rigaud, Entrepreneur Mentor: Monica Goyal, Entrepreneur Mentor: Mike Greenberg, Alumni Advisor: Bhargavi Raman

2014 ConPosium Introduction Video  

2014 ConPosium Awards Ceremony Video

LWOW X

  • Topic: Court Systems and Technology: If I am a Legal Document Where Do I Go and How Do I Get There?
  • Project of Worth: Nirubi “Hear Victims, Help Victims, Protect Victims.”
    Help victims of Human Rights abuses find their voice and share their story. Nirubi is an innovative app interface that provides a secure way for NGOs to gather, record, and share witness testimony.
  • CreatorsCiara BeadesClaire FarnouxGeevith Rubakumar
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marie-Claude Rigaud, Entrepreneur Mentor: Monica Goyal, Entrepreneur Mentor: Mike Greenberg, Alumni Advisor: Bhargavi Raman
  • Topic: Practicing Law as a Network Rather Than as a Firm: Best Practices, Best Platforms, Best Rules of the Game
  • Project of Worth: KILINDA, A Legal Network Protecting Children
    Created a global network that teams junior and experienced lawyers to tackle difficult human rights cases dealing with children specifically. The underexperienced lawyers receive mentoring and real work experience while qualified attorneys can fulfil their pro bono requirements. 
  • CreatorsAmir DhillonRobert HoffmanAnne Isabellon
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Andres Sawicki, Practitioner Mentor: Coraline Haitjema, Entrepreneur Mentor: Jorge Colon, Alumni Advisor: Rico Williams
  • Topic: It’s Not Our Responsibility Or Is It?:  Balancing the Commercial Goal of Making Money with the Moral Obligation to Protect Human Rights
  • Project of Worth: WOKURIBE
    WORKURIBE provides the information needed by international organizations and the tools needed by local NGOs to protect the human rights of the people in Niger Delta from the exploitation of oil companies. 
  • CreatorsJoy OtiPark Kyunghyun
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: John Flood, Practitioner Mentor: Peter Lederer, Practitioner Mentor: Liz Rieser-Murphy, Entrepreneur Mentor: Janelle Milodragovich, Alumni Advisor: Wang Hui
  • Topic: The More Lawyers Work, the Less They Learn: How Do Lawyers Keep Up on New Law?
  • Project of Worth: The Legal Precedent
    Created a research database for lawyers that gives them the research they need. It gets rid of inconsequential or extraneous cases, by organizing the case law within subtopics. 
  • CreatorsNosheen AliAlessandra IonataEdward Krakauer
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Cheryl Zuckerman, Practitioner Mentor: Paul Lannon, Entrepreneur Mentor:Ivan Rasic, Alumni Advisor: Paige Reese
  • Topic: MOOCs, DOCCs, and Avatars, Oh My:  How Will We Educate Our Lawyers and Law School Students Tomorrow?
  • Project of Worth: LexEdge
    Created a game that teachs risk management skills, making the learning process evolutionary and immersive. LexEdge uses methodology from education theory - using spaced repetition and repeat testing of information to reach the ‘higher levels’ of learning. 
  • CreatorsEric CuevasJerome JacksonTheodore Lister
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Scott Rogers, Practitioner Mentor: Liz Lamar, Entrepreneur Mentor: Jon Harman, Alumni Advisor: Geoffrey Weg

2013 Projects of Worth

  • Topic: A School for General Counsels? How Should Prospective GCs Develop Their Skill Set?
  • Project of Worth: University of General Counsels (UGC)
    The University of General Counsels is an online platform connecting general counsels to law schools, enabling law students to become more attractive candidates for in-house counsel positions directly out of law school. 
  • CreatorsJosh Brandsforfer (Miami), Gabriela Codorniz (São Paulo), Matan Ganani (IE Business), Jiang Li(STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marcia Narine, Practitioner Mentor: Mark Smith, Practitioner Mentor: Grace Leung, Corporate Mentor: Andrew Simpson , Entrepreneur Mentor: Jorge Colón
  • Topic: Supermarket Law Firms: Honey, Can You Pick Up Some Ice Cream and an LL.C.?
  • Project of Worth: LegalAxis “Revolving around you.”
    LegalAxis is an innovative new business model that delivers basic legal service at a fix competitive cost. LegalAxis increases the access to legal services through a hybrid model where service can be delivered online or at a retail space.
  • CreatorsMatt Evans (UCL), Amir Pelleg (Miami), Neal Sangal (Stanford)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: John Flood, Practitioner Mentor: James Peters, Practitioner Mentor: Becky Gibson, Corporate Mentor: Sasha Blacker, Entrepreneur Mentor: Chrissie Lightfoot
  • Topic: Crunching Mega Data to Make Decisions: Risks and Rewards of Quantitative Legal Prediction
  • Project of Worth: MyDataWatch “Your data is the target. Aim to educate yourself.”
    MyDataWatch is an open source website for people to read (in layman terms) the ways in which companies are collecting data to which they may or may not have consented to and how this data is being used by the company. This source provides a discussion forum and best practices on how data should be used to protect the privacy of the consumer in certain situations. 
  • CreatorsStephanie Chichetti (NYLS), Chetna Kumar (NLS), Wang Hui (STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: John Coates, Practitioner Mentor: Hugh Totten, Practitioner Mentor: Michelle Wallis, Corporate Mentor: Lara Barton, Corporate Mentor: Christopher Dye, Entrepreneur Mentor: Bryan Treglia
  • Topic: Not Lost in Translation: Delivering Legal Services Across Multiple Jurisdictions and Common/Civil Law Traditions
  • Project of Worth: GoGlobalLawyers
    GGL is a membership-based one-stop-shop resource portal that provides attorneys and law firms the information they need to expand their legal services into overseas jurisdictions. By providing business set-up advice, cultural insights, local introductions, and professional services discounts, GGL helps firms by streamlining their expansion processes and connecting them to other members in the GGL community.
  • CreatorsJill Barrett (UCL), Joel Fox (Tel Aviv), Miwa Gardner-Page (Wharton), Yana Mityaeva (Miami)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Marie-Claude Rigaud, Practitioner Mentor: Peter Lederer, Practitioner Mentor:David Savage, Corporate Mentor: Béranger Pène, Entrepreneur Mentor: Monica Goyal
  • Topic: Doing Well and Doing Good: New Models for Pro Bono in Legal Education and Practice
  • Project of Worth: JusticeBeyondWalls “Bringing 21st century technology behind 20th century walls.” This team created JusticeBeyondWalls, a virtual portal to connect the underserved and underprivileged in American immigration centers with Pro Bono lawyers throughout the United States.
  • CreatorsLeticia Mayberry (Indiana), Louisa Vaupel (Sydney), Sarah Vettiger (St. Gallen)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Larry Marshall, Practitioner Mentor: Marta Gonzalez, Corporate Mentor:Verónica Villarroya, Entrepreneur Mentor: Scott Rogers
  • Topic: Building a Better Mousetrap: Recreating and Redefining Successful Social Networking by Law Firms and Law Schools
  • Project of Worth: Lawyers Future: Information Technology
    Lawyers Future is a website for lawyers to educate each other on the latest technology and work with IT specialists to improve their capacity and resources. 
  • CreatorsFritjof Franz (IE Business), Ruth Kennedy (UCL), Ma Ji (STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Renee Knake, Practitioner Mentor: Adam Ziegler, Practitioner Mentor: Scott Oakes, Corporate Mentor: Natalie Hunt, Entrepreneur Mentor: Phyllis Weiss Haserot
  • Topic: The Increasing Importance of Corporate Compliance: More Jobs For Law Grads or Another Threat to Lawyers’ Monopoly?
  • Project of Worth: My Compliance Match
    My Compliance Match is a database for small companies seeking compliance service providers.
  • CreatorsLindsay Columbo (Miami), Nao Iwamoto (Wharton), Guo Fan (STL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Rob Rosen, Practitioner Mentor: : Steve Mark, Practitioner Mentor: Kay Korb, Corporate Mentor: Charles Smith, Entrepreneur Mentor: Nikhil Nirmel

2012 Projects of Worth

  • Topic: Global Legal Service Firms: Is it Possible to Marry Cultures? 
  • Project of Worth: Created a diverse consultancy featuring experts from multiple countries and cultures that comprehensively trains individuals who require cultural competencies in a new country in order to thrive profesionally.
  • CreatorsSteve Mehr (Indiana), Sun Lan (STL), Katie Wang (Fordham)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: John VarghesePractitioner Mentor: Peter LedererAlumni Advisor: Zhang LiningSubject Expert Advisor: William TwiningEntrepreneur Advisor: David Gold
  • Topic: Law School Debt: Students Beware or Law Schools Take Action? 
  • Project of Worth: Created a low-cost website using widely available web tools that crunches data and produces invaluable data to prospective law students who are unsure whether taking on the debt of attending a particular law school is a wise financial decision considering the recent job/salary prospects for recent graduates of that law school.
  • CreatorsNeil Devani (Stanford), Sean Koehler (Fordham), Katie Leah (UCL)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Trish White, Practitioner Mentor: Coraline Haitjema, Alumni Advisor: Nawal Hssinou, Subject Expert Advisor: Laurel Terry, Entrepreneur Advisor: David Elkins
  • Topic:  Law School Career Services: The Next Generation 
  • Project of Worth: Developed a website targeted to law school career services office that allows schools to much better serve the career search needs of their students by providing online tools and resources that are unavailable through more traditional delivery methods.
  • CreatorsAnjali Deshmukh (Stanford), Eugenia Schraa (Fordham)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Joe Hoffmann, Practitioner Mentor: Cheryl Zuckerman, Alumni Advisor: Kirsten Heenan, Subject Expert Advisor: Marti Candiello, Entrepreneur Advisor: Moray McLaren
  • Topic: Alternative Courts on the Brain: Psychologically Based, but Are They Sound? 
  • Project of Worth: Using current psychological and neuroscientific research, created a web-based plug-in for social networking sites like Facebook and Google+ that teaches responsibilioty and encourages moral decison-making by using cookies and custom-crafted algorithms to inform users when they are making poor posting choices and provide them the opportunity to make a better decision.
  • CreatorsPreetha Chakrabarti (Fordham), Andrés Díaz (Los Andes)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Rita Shackel, Practitioner Mentor: Brian Harel, Alumni Advisor: Christine Garg, Subject Expert Advisor: Amanda Pustilnik, Entrepreneur Advisor: Mike Greenberg
  • Topic: Lawyers Acting as Non-Lawyers and Non-Lawyers Acting as Lawyers: What Should be Considered the Unauthorized Practice of Law?
  • Project of Worth: Developed a web-based professional match-making service that connects start-up companies looking for talented professionals to help build the business with recently graduated, entrepreneurially-minded lawyers who are pursuing a non-traditional career.
  • Creators Kushal Malhotra (IE), Diana Peñaloza (Los Andes), Wang Qiongyue (STL)
  • Mentors:  Academic Mentor: Elizabeth Chambliss, Practitioner Mentor: David Chameli, Alumni Advisor:Adam Enjoy, Subject Expert Advisor: Jordan Furlong, Entrepreneur Advisor: Chrissie Lightfoot
  • Topic: The Disaggregation of Legal Services: A Service or Disservice to Clients 
  • Project of Worth: Built an aggregating website that serves as a one-stop-shop for customers looking for online legal services, allowing them to easily search for a solution across multiple online legal service providers to find the best fit and solution.
  • CreatorsSophie Howard (UCL), Matt Walsh (Harvard), Geoffrey Weg (NYLS)
  • Mentors: Academic Mentor: Ray Campbell, Practitioner Mentor: Liz Lamar, Alumni Advisor: Indira Murthy, Subject Expert Advisor: James Peters, Entrepreneur Advisor: Stephanie Kimbro

2011 Projects of Worth

  • Topic: The Outsourcing of Legal Services: The Struggle Between Ethics and Efficiency
  • Project of Worth: Conceptualized a new masters degree program for students who want to enter the Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) field
  • CreatorsKara Romagnino, Miami Law and Christine Garg, New York Law School
  • Mentors: Rob Rosen and Peter Lederer
  • Topic: Conflicting Global Cultures: Bridging the Gap in Legal Education and Practice
  • Project of Worth: Created an action plan to make Shari’ah-compliant finance more accessible in the U.S.
  • Creators: Casey Dieck, Miami Law and Amanda Willis, New York Law School
  • Mentors: Elizabeth Chambliss and Marcia Narine
  • Topic: Lawyers' WorkSpace in the Digital Age: Its Architecture, Design, and Aesthetic Impact 
  • Project of Worth: An Aesthetic Consultancy that designs beautiful space to enable people to access law’s power, efficiently harness its potential, and therefore maximize its impact on institutions and society
  • CreatorsJulie Dahlgard, Miami Law, Kyle Marshall, Miami Law, and Thomas Dance, UCL Laws
  • Mentors: Jacqui Kinghan and Coraline Haitjema
  • Topic: The Business of Legal Education: Teaching Law Students Real Business Skills 
  • Project of Worth: Conceived a multi-level video game simulation designed to teach law students financial analysis and case recovery calculation skills
  • CreatorsChris Callahan, Miami Law and Indira Murthy, UCL Laws
  • Mentors: Michele DeStefano Beardslee and Ida Abbott 
  • Topic: Third Party Litigation Funding: Friend or Foe?
  • Project of Worth: Created a business plan for an online community to provide consumer protection information and risk calculation tools for both consumer-plaintiffs and lawyers who are considering using third parties to fund litigation
  • CreatorsMari Byrne, Fordham Law and Mike Rozensher, Harvard Law School
  • Mentors: Ray Campbell and Steven C. Bennett
  • Topic: Fallout from the Legal Services Act: Publicly Held Law Firms and Other New Models of Law Firm Structure and Ownership  
  • Project of Worth: Designed an online resource to the Legal Services Act 2007 that provides information on the LSA, offers an external finance matrix for prospective law firm investment, and connects the LSA community by providing a blog and forum for discussion
  • CreatorsKirsten Heenan, Harvard Law School and Anna Pope, UCL Laws
  • Mentors: David Wilkins and Michael Greenberg
  • Topic: Finding Common Ground: Regulatory Issues Across International Borders  
  • Project of Worth: Conceptualized a global association for legal services regulators and developed an online forum through which national and subnational lawyer regulators could connect, share learnings, and cooperate with respect to lawyer licensing and discipline
  • CreatorsWu Dan, Peking University STL and Liz Rieser-Murphy, Miami Law
  • Mentors: Trish White and Larry W. Newman
  • Topic: Judging 2.0: Embracing the Challenges and Benefits of Globalization and Technological Advances in the Courtroom 
  • Project of Worth: Created a multimedia website to provide information, resources, and tools to help pro se clients better present at trial
  • CreatorsNawal Hssinou, UCL Laws and Marc Sittenreich, Fordham Law
  • Mentors: John Flood and Cheryl Zuckerman
  • Topic: Redefining the Smart Lawyer: Professional and Emotional Intelligence Training 
  • Project of Worth: Conceptualized an Emotional Intelligence in Legal Practice Test for law students and practitioners, a stand alone course on emotional intelligence for law school professors, and a Post J.D. Certificate in Emotional Intelligence for law schools
  • CreatorsMara Slakas, New York Law School and Adam Enjoy, Peking University STL
  • Mentors: Renee Knake and Scott Rogers
  • Topic: Rethinking Value: Alternative Strategies to the Billable Hour 
  • Project of Worth: Created a website designed to match individuals looking to buy or sell residential real estate in New York City with lawyers who offer a non-traditional billing structure and who are willing to allow for consumers to bid on their services
  • CreatorsCorey Gaul, New York Law School and Fu Chenyuan, Peking University STL
  • Mentors: Bruce Green and Hugh Totten
  • Topic: Technology Boom or Bust: Law Firms Reinvented or the End of Law Firms?  
  • Project of Worth: Developed a business model that would help Chinese law firms embrace technology to increase efficiency, productivity, and the quality of legal services
  • CreatorZhang Lining, Peking University STL
  • Mentors: John Coates and Bryan Treglia