MyOpenCourt

Our research team is committed to bringing accessible legal solutions to individuals and small companies across Canada.

Our Vision

Everyone should have access to basic legal support, just like a living wage and health care.

MyOpenCourt was born from an observation: Most cases are too simple for hiring a lawyer, but too complicated to resolve without one. For many of us it does not make financial sense to hire a lawyer, not only because the costs are so high, but because the legal fees could be even higher than the amount of money we might win in court. This is probably why 86% of Canadians looking for legal assistance choose not to hire a lawyer (Julie Macfarlane).

We believe that data science research can make a difference. While a computer algorithm can’t replace good legal skills, data science can help all Canadians determine whether they have a case and reach out to the right lawyer for help.

Who We Are

MyOpenCourt is a product of the Conflict Analytics Lab at Queen’s University in Canada. It is the result of several years of hard work by many volunteers and researchers at Queen’s, McGill, and Brandeis Universities, including law students, lawyers, data scientists, computer scientists, and mathematicians.

MyOpenCourt Leadership

Samuel Dahan

Samuel Dahan

Assistant Professor, Queen's Law and Visiting Professor, Cornell University
Director & Founder
Jonathan Touboul

Jonathan Touboul

Associate Professor, Brandeis University
Scientific Director
Maxime Cohen

Maxime Cohen

Associate Professor, McGill University
Scientific Director

Meet the Team

Zach Berg

Zach Berg

JD candidate
Student Project Leader & Research Assistant
David Liang

David Liang

JD candidate
Student Project Leader & Research Assistant
Jason Lam

Jason Lam

MA candidate
AI Researcher
Rohan Bhambhoria

Rohan Bhambhoria

PhD candidate
AI Researcher
Anna Xu

Anna Xu

JD candidate
Research Assistant
Anton Rizor

Anton Rizor

JD candidate
Research Assistant
Avinash Pillay

Avinash Pillay

JD Candidate
Project Leader
Sharan Johal

Sharan Johal

JD Candidate
Project Leader
Hasti Namvar

Hasti Namvar

JD Candidate
Project Leader
Tim Schjerning

Tim Schjerning

JD Candidate
Project Leader
Richard Seung

Richard Seung

JD Candidate
Project Leader
YoonHyun Cho

YoonHyun Cho

JD Candidate
Project Leader
Cindy Lin

Cindy Lin

BComm Candidate
Digital Marketing Specialist
Tobias Carryer

Tobias Carryer

BCompH candidate
Full Stack Developer
Ashby Poonoly

Ashby Poonoly

BA
UX Designer

Advisory Committee

Yuri Levin

Yuri Levin

Professor and Stephen J.R. Smith Chair of Analytics
Executive Director of Analytics and AI at Smith School of Business
Mikhail Nediak

Mikhail Nediak

Distinguished Professor
Operations Management at the Smith School of Business
Kevin Banks

Kevin Banks

Law Professor
Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Previous Members

Max Saunders, JD, Student Project Leader & Technology Officer
Brandon Loehle, JD, Student Project Leader & Outreach Officer
Mackenzie Anderson, JD, Student Project Leader & Talent Officer
Nikhil Shah, BA, UX Designer & Researcher
Shane Liquornik, JD, MBA, Student Development Officer
Jesse Watts, JD, Research Assistant
William Quaglietta, JD, Student Legal Analyst