About

The Stanford Legal Design Lab was founded in fall 2013 to bring designers, lawyers & technologists together to advance legal innovation and access to justice.

We are based out of Stanford Law School and Stanford University’s Institute of Design (d.school).

If you are interested in working with us, you can write in our Contact form with your ideas or background. We regularly hire Stanford graduate and undergraduate students to work on our projects with us. Please be in touch if you’d like to work with us!

We offer courses at Stanford Law School and d.school, with problem-solving, partnership-based lab classes. These include classes in partnership with local courts, judicial agencies, legal aid groups, community advocates, law firms, and corporate legal departments.

In addition to classes, we also work on long-term research, design, and development projects, all focused on improving the civil justice system in the US.

Overall, our Lab has three main points of focus:

  1. Teaching & Training: We run workshops & teach classes on how legal design & technology can be applied to specific problems in the world of law.
  2. Building and evaluating new products: We create concept designs for new legal products & services, and build them out with agile, design-driven teams. These development projects are also research-driven, to create results about what works in legal innovation.
  3. Researching & publishing findings: Our ultimate goal is to build a stronger community around innovation in legal services, and to do this we’ve adopted a core open-source ethic. As we experiment in legal innovation, we publish our process, our findings, and our finished products, to contribute to a wider knowledge base and community.

Our Full-Time Team

Margaret Hagan

Margaret Hagan

Executive Director

Margaret is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and d.school.
She holds a JD from Stanford Law, as well as 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.

Nora al-Haider portrait

Nóra Al Haider

Policy & Design lead

Nóra Al Haider is the Lab’s Policy and Design Lead. She is interested in combining the fields of law, tech and
design to find human-centred solutions for complex problems. 
Nóra holds a Bachelor (honours) and Research Master in Law from Utrecht University. In her spare time she loves to make art and travel around the world.

Metin Eskili

Metin Eskili

Full-Stack Developer

Metin Eskili is the Lab’s lead developer and technologist. He oversees all website, app, and database development.
He is a full-stack developer who builds access to justice technology for the Lab to implement and research.

Our Fellows, Legal Assistants, and Affiliates

Roda Nour

Roda Nour

Research Assistant

Roda Nour is a San Diego native and is the youngest of a family of 9. She is double majoring in Management Science and Engineering and Public Policy at Stanford University while working as a research assistant with the Legal Design Lab. Roda aspires to be a lawyer working with underserved communities in need of imminent legal aid.

RJ Vogt

RJ Vogt

Research Assistant

RJ grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015 with a B.A. in Literary & Advocacy Journalism.
Afterwards, he moved to Yangon, Myanmar to work at The Myanmar Times via a Princeton in Asia fellowship. In 2017, he joined Law360, a legal news outlet where he helped launch the company’s first Access to Justice beat. His stories focused on topics like bail reform, legal aid funding, and self-represented litigants. At SLS, RJ helps coordinate the Housing Pro Bono project.

Rachel Wang

Rachel Wang

Research Fellow

Rachel (she/her) Wang is a senior studying Psychology and Sociology at Tufts University, with an interest in attending law school in the future. She has been working with the Legal Design Lab for over a year now, designing the online court observations survey
and building a legal help website evaluation tool. In her free time, she loves sketching with her non-dominant hand and promoting mental health awareness on her college campus.

Olivia Rosenthal

Olivia Rosenthal

Research Assistant

Olivia is a rising 3L at SLS, and is a lead fellow on the Eviction Innovation project, our multi-city strategic network with the National League of Cities, and our eviction pilots in Hamilton County, Ohio.
She has a background in access to social services, particularly reproductive and maternal care.
She spent the past summer in Richmond, Virginia researching potential programs the city can implement to address its eviction crisis.

Yue Li

Yue Li

Past Fellow

Yue is a Computational and Mathematics Engineering master’s student at Stanford. Her projects at the Legal Design Lab include auditing Google search results for legal queries and doing data analysis the American Bar Association’s online platform. She is excited about how technology and data can be leveraged to provide better access to justice. Outside of school, Yue loves listening to storytelling podcasts, knitting, and hiking.

Sabina Beleuz Neagu

Sabina Beleuz Neagu

Research Assistant

Sabina is a Symbolic Systems major and Human Rights minor at Stanford University, with an interest in leveraging technology to facilitate access-to-justice.
She has been working with the Legal Design Lab for three years on projects including creating the Navocado platform to train pro bono lawyers in new fields, increasing the accessibility of online legal help, and optimizing Internet search engines for legal queries.
Outside of the lab, she was the president of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students, and is conducting Honors Thesis research on the ethics of public interest tech. 

11 Comments

How best to interweave human-driven design process with intellectual property protection for the innovators? I am a patent attorney and adjunct professor in NC, and work with law students, as well as clients who are d.school disciples. I often am addressing these issues:

– Why is intellectual property (IP) important to design thinking
– What IP is available for design results
– How to structure collaboration sessions so that resulting IP rights are appropriate apportioned among participants
– How can the “not invented here” syndrome stifle innovation
– When should patent, copyright or other types of IP protection be sought
– What is the benefit of a patent landscape search to determine obstacles to avoid during scale up and production
– What rights does the person who identifies the problem have in the solution created by others
Who among your team has considered these points?
Jack Hicks, jhicks7@elon.edu

We haven’t been working on the ‘law of innovation’, instead we’ve been focusing on ‘innovation in legal services’. But you’re right, there are a lot of legal issues that spring out during generative sessions, like those at the d.school, which is all about creating & remixing ideas into new projects. If you have thoughts, please pass them along!

Hello! You will be focusing on the exact content of my research (#1) and I would be delighted to work with you or learn from your experience. Self regulation and usability in collaborative transactions is what I am concerned about. Consumer redress and ADR updated :)!
I tried contacting you earlier, and really hope this time my message reaches someone interested in the same fied! I am in Estonia now, but if any course or seminar will be prepared in the near future I could come and assist, observe or simply participate as a learner.
How could we get in touch?
Cheers and shine on!
MariaC.

Maria C.
Your point about consumer redress and updated ADR is spot-on, imho. Perhaps you’ve already uncovered this article in your research, but Stanford Visiting Professor Horst Eidenmuller (now headed to Oxford) wrote on this subject, specifically as it relates to the new consumer rights regime in the EU. (I’d attach it here if I could). “Against False Settlement,” by Eidenmüller & Engel, 29 Ohio St J Disp Resol 261-297
Best,
DavidJ

Hello!
I am Jo Aschenbrenner from Germany, lawyer and mediator and working with Bucerius Law School, Germany’s first private law school.
Convinced of the positive effects of visualisation, I would love to get in touch with you and work together on projects (academia, legal practice).
Looking forward to hearing from you
Jo (female)

Hi!

My name is Paulo Neves and I am currently the Chief Federal Judge of São Paulo’s Federal District Courts in Brazil.

We inaugurated the first Innovation Lab in Brazil’s Judiciary and I am doing a doctorate at University of São Paulo studying innovation in judicial management.

In order to improve my knowledge about innovation and design thinking, I would like to spend an academic year working and learning with you.

Is it possible? How can I apply for that?

I appreciate your attention.

Sincerely,

Paulo

Hi,

I am Christine. I am an associate and innovation ambassador in a multinational law firm. I have been involved in some design thinking workshops in my firm. I would like to explore more about the legal design thinking and the visualization for lawyers. I am writing to seek if you have any online workshops or webinars that I can join remotely. In addition, I have also interned in a self-help center of a state court in the US to provide language and legal assistance for immigrants. I would also be happy to help if you have any innovation projects related to the self-help centers. Thanks.

Considero muy interesante la propuesta de entrelazar el diseño y la experiencia del usuario, con el sistema legal. Aquí en argentina, se ha avanzado con el dictado de sentencias en lenguaje natural buscando eliminar formalismos técnicos pero faltan sistemas que hagan mas accesible la ley en general y no solamente esperar a tener una sentencia.

Hello! I am Flavio (Brazil). I would like to know if the Legal Design Lab has some kind of newsletter. I would like to have more information about your project.
Thank you.

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