Press Release


Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez
Phone: 650.241.9709
Date: 07 March 2017

Panel Will Address Crowdsourcing as an Access Point for Legal Aid ​

Leaders from Torchlight Legal, OneJustice, and Innovation Law Lab will speak to global leaders in tech and creativity at the 2017 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals. The panel, Crowdsourcing Justice, will explore the future of legal advocacy and new approaches to closing the access to justice gap.

As immigration and refugee advocates prepare to respond to the Drumpf Administration’s latest executive orders on immigration, this panel will feature three leaders in legal innovation who are pioneering collaborative, crowd-driven approaches to legal advocacy. 

Panelist Renée Schomp, an Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Fenwick & West and a Senior Staff Attorney at California-based OneJustice, is excited to connect legal advocates with the SXSW community. “We are in this unprecedented moment where lawyers are showing up to sit on airport floors, supported by volunteer translators, protesters, and welcomers," said Schomp. “SXSW is a chance to invite innovation leaders from around the globe to help us turn that passion into a sustainable transformation of our justice system.” 

Schomp will be joined on the panel by Jennifer Gonzalez, founder of Torchlight Legal, Stephen Manning of Innovation Law Lab, and moderator Rafael Baca. Together, they will share their disruptive, crowdsourced models for providing legal justice to immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees. 

Currently, there is one attorney for every 250 people in the US; but, for the poor, that ratio is one to 10,000. Even in the digital age, this chasm prevents access to justice for vulnerable populations throughout the global community. The panelists’ broader goal is to build replicable, scalable models that can help close this massive justice gap in other areas of law as well. 

Gonzalez, the panel organizer, invites leaders, visionaries, artists, and innovators to join the conversation, regardless of where their social justice interests lie. “Access to justice is critical whether you’re fighting to help refugees or trying to make sure emerging artists can protect and market their work,” she explains. “Leveraging the power of the crowd and collaboration will be critical to ensuring a future where the legal system is fair and accessible for all.”

Scheduled for Monday, March 13th, from 2 - 3pm at the JW Marriott Austin Downtown (Rm 201-202), the Crowdsourcing Justice panel is part of SXConvergence and the SXSW Social Justice track. It is open to all SXSW badge holders.

About Torchlight Legal

Torchlight Legal develop tools, technology, and systems to transform the practice of law. We are committed to disruptive innovation and pioneer legal innovation in defense of human rights and in pursuit of social justice for vulnerable populations. To learn more visit, or email

About One Justice

OneJustice serves as an innovation and implementation lab on legal services, applying creative problem-solving and design approaches to ​bring life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid system. To learn more visit

About Innovation Law Lab

The Innovation Law Lab was founded to bring new technology to the legal fight for justice. To learn more visit