Our People

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Michael Lissner – Executive Director and CTO

Michael graduated from the University of California Berkeley's School of Information and is passionate about bringing greater access to primary legal materials, about how technology can replace old legal models, and about open source, community-driven approaches to legal research.

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Brian Carver – Co-Founder & Board Member

In 2009 and 2010, at the UC Berkeley School of Information, Brian advised Michael Lissner on the creation of CourtListener. After Michael's graduation, he and Brian continued working on the site and have grown the database to include millions of documents. In 2011 and 2012, Brian advised masters students Rowyn McDonald and Karen Rustad on the creation of a legal citator built on the CourtListener database. During 2012 and 2013 he collaborated with computer scientists at UC Santa Cruz on the enhancement of the search capabilities of CourtListener. He continues to support all of Free Law Project's efforts as a member of its Board of Directors.

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Ansel Halliburton – Board Member

Ansel has been involved in legal technology since 2006, when he joined a team at Stanford Law School to help build a comprehensive database of all federal intellectual property litigation — work that later spun out as Lex Machina. Ansel practiced technology law before co-founding Syntexys, a document analytics software company spun out from A3 by Airbus. Ansel holds degrees from UC Berkeley and UC Davis School of Law, writes about technology and security forLawyerist, and builds small robots.

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William E. Palin – Lead Developer

William is an attorney and software developer that is passionate about technologies role in bridging the Access-to-Justice gap. Prior to joining Free Law Project he was the Access to Justice/Technology Fellow at Harvard Law School, an Adjunct Professor of Law and Technology at Suffolk University in Boston and a practicing attorney.

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