Excerpt from Hypepotamus:
If you find yourself in the middle of a civil litigation case — a contested divorce, foreclosure, contract breach, etc. — you can legally represent yourself in the proceedings. But it can be overwhelming to find and learn all of the relevant information to litigate your case.
Sonja Ebron and Debra Slone, an electrical engineer and librarian respectively, found themselves in this position while in the middle of a civil lawsuit over an unfair eviction.
But they learned some hard lessons during that trial. As academics, they researched and picked up enough to feel confident in case they had to defend themselves again.
“We realized that there were millions of people who were facing the same sort of challenges,” Ebron tells Hypepotamus.
“We put together what we initially considered an educational project to help people understand civil procedures, language, and strategy based on the information that’s out there.”
It wasn’t long before the project evolved into a full-fledged legaltech startup called Courtroom5.
— Muriel Vega for Hypepotamus