May 2022 Business Meeting

Registration is now open for our May 12, 2022 business meeting. Please see your email or reach out to Philip Johnson or Jill Meyer for the registration link.

Location: Zoom
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please stay on Zoom after the meeting to network and catch up with CALL friends.)
Cost: free

Speakers: CALL welcomes co-speakers, Kristen Sonday, co-founder and CEO of Paladin and Devshi Mehrotra, founder and CEO of Justice Text. They will be speaking about their experiences as female LegalTech founders and CEOs, the importance of technology in the push for access to justice and increased accessibility of legal information, as well as the importance of legal professionals in their work.

Devshi Mehrotra is a founder and the CEO of JusticeText, an audiovisual evidence management system for public defenders. JusticeText automates transcripts for videos, including body camera footage, interrogations, and courtroom proceedings — speeding up pre-trial preparation and helping defense attorneys to give better counsel to their clients. Devshi founded JusticeText in 2019 with a classmate at the University of Chicago. In 2020, they secured funding from multiple investors to scale their solution and improve the criminal justice system nationwide. They were recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for social impact.

Kristen Sonday is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paladin, a service that aims to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs. After graduating from Princeton, Kristen joined the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked on international criminal affairs in Mexico and Central America. After the DOJ, she joined the founding team of Grouper (Y Combinator W’12), learning how to build startups and use technology to scale networks. Kristen is a Fellow for Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program, and a Google for Entrepreneurs Code2040 Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Kristen is also a 2017 ABA Woman in Tech to Watch as a result of her access to justice work through Paladin.

Community Service: In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis it is creating for Ukrainians everywhere, the Community Service Committee encourages CALL members to make monetary donations to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America. Established in 1925, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) is the longest-running and largest Ukrainian women’s organization in the US. Their mission is to promote and develop educational and cultural efforts and provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians worldwide. They have been very active in response to the attack on Ukraine and have six local Chicago branches. They accept online donations through PayPal and Facebook as well as checks:

Additionally, join us on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10 am – 12 pm at the River Trail Nature Center (RTNC, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062) to help clean-up the forest preserve. Work typically involves removing buckthorn or other invasive species, mulching, planting, clearing brush, or clearing trails of debris. Tasks will be given by Forest Preserve staff on the day of service. All volunteers should dress for working outdoors, including full-length pants, layers, sun protection, and closed toe work shoes that can get muddy. Water and snacks will be provided, but bringing your own water bottles and snacks is recommended. All family members or friends ages 10 & up are welcome.

Use this Google Doc to sign up. Contact James Fortsas or Lisa Winkler with any questions. Visit the RTNC website for more information about the event.

Door Prizes: Two gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis.

Registration ends May 11th.
Note: You will have to log into Neon to register for the meeting. Enter “Not sure if you have an account or you forgot your login information?” to recover your account and reset your password. If you do not receive a password recovery email, please check your spam filter.

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