September 5 Tuesday

Internet Facilitated Justice

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:05PM - 1:30PM
  • Room 121
  • Open To The Yale Community
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This panel considers several novel and promising means to increase access to justice for plaintiffs that might not otherwise be able to bring suit. First, the internet provides access to novel forms of litigation funding. By providing a platform through which many people can make small donations, the internet allows for crowdfunding of lawsuits. Through crowdfunding, people or organizations can bring lawsuits they could not otherwise afford. Access to online case data also allows funders to use different criteria to select suits for funding. Finally, by making it easier to identify similarly-situated individuals with small-value claims, the internet allows companies to aggregate individual claims that are not economically viable into a larger, economically feasible lawsuit.


  • Ben Kinney, founder and CEO of CrowdSuit which brings consumers together to fight cellular service providers’ illegal charges and conduct.
  • Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist, which uses algorithms to predict case outcomes and decide whether to fund parties.
  • Kip Wainscott is Head of Legal and External Relations at Crowd Justice, a crowdfunding platform designed for public-interest lawsuits.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP, Center for Private Law