The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Issue

Excerpt from Start-Up Society:

MLK dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for civil rights in the United States. His leadership played a pivotal role in ending entrenched segregation for African Americans and in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a crowning achievement of the civil rights era.

To honor Dr. King Jr.’s legacy, we are featuring two Black-founded & led start-ups bringing forth evolution, justice, and equity to crucial areas where racial injustice has plagued society: Healthcare and The Legal System.


Courtroom5 is an automated legal toolbox that empowers people to manage their own civil court cases without the need of a lawyer. Over 70% of people who complete their cases at Courtroom5 either win or settle.

Get a Fair Hearing in Court

No one expects a fair outcome when one side has a lawyer but the other side doesn’t. Level the playing field with Courtroom5.

The online platform helps users maintain an online case record, manage evidence, find case law, file motions using guided document templates and manage tasks and expenses. It also aims to help its customers represent themselves effectively by providing on-demand video courses about civil procedure and about some of the skills needed to win.

“As Black women, we are keenly aware of the many injustices plaguing our society. The crisis in access to justice that we’re working to resolve disproportionately affects Black and Brown people, and our customers are disproportionately Black and Brown. Our goal is to create an avenue where people can demand justice in the courts rather than in the streets.” — Dr. Sonja Ebron, Co-Founder & CEO


After starting out as a modest educational site in 2017 and experiencing rapid growth in the last two years, we expect Courtroom5 to progress further into the mainstream in 2022 to help improve civil justice and we are excited to see the company use its recent funding to build out its artificial intelligence capabilities and represent more of the unrepresented.

— Arteen Zahiri for Start-Up Society

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