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February 9, 2021 - Georgetown Student & Tech Startup Finalist Uses AI to Empower Lawyers
When not hitting the books, GULC student Josh Schoen (L’21) manages his legal-focused technology startup, Motionize. Motionize is a legal document automation tool that employs machine learning to automate the creation of certain legal documents. By streamlining the document-creation process and reducing the burden of filing lawsuits, Motionize benefits individuals and firms. The startup is one of twenty-five finalists in the Startup Alley competition and could soon win a spot in the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW 2021.
The software has potential to benefit litigants in a wide range of lawsuits. Motionize stands to increase access to justice by allowing plaintiffs’ lawyers to more efficiently file consumer-based lawsuits like lemon-law cases, according to Josh. Motionize’s offerings are closely aligned with many access to justice programs run by Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy, including the Institute’s annual Iron Tech Invitational.
Josh attributes his understanding of legal technology to the diverse technology law programming at Georgetown Law. Among such classes, Josh took “Programming for Lawyers,” taught by Professor Paul Ohm, “Technology Law & Policy in Practice,” with Institute Interim Executive Director Adjunct Professor Hillary Brill, and Professor Tanina Rostain’s “Civ Tech: Digital Tools and Access to Justice” course.