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Future of the Profession Lab

Our Mission

The Future of the Profession Lab tackles the most significant challenges facing the American legal profession. The lab uses a human-centered design approach to problem-solving with a collaborative, interdisciplinary model. Our priorities are driven by users – the audiences we serve - who need improvements in the legal system. Our goal is scalable impact and generational change.

Learn more about the Future of the Profession Lab’s launch here

Our Pillars

Human-centered design

  • FPL will incorporate users – the audiences we want to serve better – in all aspects of our approach to problem-solving
  • We want to improve the legal system for both users and providers

Interdisciplinary partnerships

  • FPL will partner across disciplines and across institutions, with students, lawyers and other professionals, people with justice problems, and other innovators
  • We will collaborate with existing legal problem-solving labs to grow solutions
  • We will incorporate students from Penn Carey law and from across the University in all our work

Scaling for impact

  • FPL will set priorities based on the potential for impact, with the goal of seeding long-term change in the legal system
  • We’ll focus on the important and the scalable
  • We’ll let the market drive our work, rather than our own perceptions and preferences

Our Team

Jim Sandman

Jim Sandman L’76

Senior Consultant, Future of the Profession Initiative; President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation
Chief Justice

The Honorable Bridget McCormack

Strategic Advisor, Future of the Profession Initiative; Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
Erica Dixon

Erica Dixon

Project Director, Future of the Profession Initiative

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