At present, I am the Creative Director at Nulawlab, where we use system design and service design to identify and cultivate new approaches to transform the law and, the way citizens interact with the law, legal education, the legal profession, and the delivery of legal services.
3 years ago, Nulawlab began as a start-up organization embedded within a law school. Within three years we gained international recognition and several national awards. Through the evolution of the lab we have generated cross-sector partnerships and we have designed successful interdisciplinary projects.
In our first year, we worked with a team of designers/coders to envision, develop, design, test and launch NULAWMaps, a new GIS mapping platform that blends data with storytelling. As a result of our efforts, our team gained recognition because the Raoul Wallenberg Institute recently used our Webby-nominated NuLawMaps platform for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to map informal settlement evictions in Sweden, and by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health to map ten years of workplace deaths. Both projects exemplify the use of digital media to tell the human stories behind legal disempowerment.
As the lab was developing, I used competitive intelligence to identify marketing needs and recommend marketing tactics and strategies as they for the Lab’s and schools current and future educational program. I also researched and developed charitable prospects, forged new relationships with potential funders and expanded our partnerships with MIT Open Docs Lab, Rev Studio, Legal Service Corporation, MassCosh, SNELL Digital Scholarship Group, Brazilian Immigrant Centre and Veteran Service Organizations across the USA.
Because of the transdisciplinary nature of our work, I strategically built alliances on the Northeastern campus and at the College of Art Media and Design. These new contacts offer the lab a new pool of interdisciplinary academics and design professionals to collaborate with as we forge ahead with the implementation of new projects and research inquiries. On an international level, our lab was nominated as a finalist for the HiiL Innovating Justice Awards and Living Wage Innovation Challenge 2014. On a national we have been on the leading edge with our use of design with the context of law.