Everyone should have access to basic legal support, because it is as important as access to 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.
Meet the Team
Brandon Loehle, JD, Project Lead
Arash Rouhi, JD candidate, Summer Innovation Intern
Caroline Ross, JD candidate, Summer Innovation Intern
Dilina Lallani, JD candidate, Summer Innovation Intern
Mercy Liu, JD candidate, Summer Innovation Intern
Anna Xu, JD candidate, Research Assistant
Holly Grosdanis, JD candidate, Research Assistant
Solinne Jung, JD candidate, Research Assistant
Jolene Lammers, BA, Software Developer
Zach Berg, JD, Student Project Leader & Research Assistant
David Liang, JD, Student Director & Research Assistant
Evan Walman, JD, Partnership Officer
Alizeh Alvi, JD, Communications and Outreach Officer
Max Saunders, JD, Student Project Leader & Technology 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