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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.

Below are descriptions of our students' incredible Projects of Worth.

2014 Projects of Worth

  • 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

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: 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