Daniel_LinnaDaniel W. Linna Jr., Law Professor & Director of LegalRnD

Daniel W. Linna Jr. is a Professor of Law in Residence and the Director of LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law. He teaches Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers, Litigation {Data, Theory, Practice, & Process}, Entrepreneurial Lawyering, and Lawyer Ethics and Regulation in a Technology-Driven World. Dan is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he has taught Negotiation for several years and will teach Legal Technology & Innovation: Legal-Service Delivery in the 21st Century beginning in January 2018.

Previously, Dan was an equity partner in the litigation department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn. He was a member of Honigman’s Automotive and Manufacturing; e-Discovery and Information Management; Commercial Transactions; and Social, Mobile, and Emerging Media groups. Dan joined Honigman after clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James L. Ryan.
Before law school, Dan was an information technology manager, developer, and consultant. He is the co-founder of and lead organizer for the Detroit and Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology meetup groups. He was named to the 2015 Fastcase 50 as a person who has charted a new course for the delivery of legal services. Dan is Vice-Chair of the Legal Analytics Committee of the ABA Business Law Section.

Dan received his BA from the University of Michigan, received a second BA and an MA in public policy and administration from Michigan State University, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

 


Research Assistant — Law Firms and Law Schools

 

Jordan Galvin

Jordan Galvin is the Innovation Counsel for LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law for 2017-18. Jordan leads several LegalRnD projects and initiatives, applying process improvement, project management, metrics, data analytics, and technology to improve legal service delivery. Currently, she is leading a project with Professor Linna and a team of students to help implement and assess an Eviction Diversion pilot program in the 54A District Court in Lansing, where she is working closely with Chief Judge Alderson and her team. Jordan also manages a team of student innovation assistants and liaisons and coordinates the development and production of co-curricular legal innovation and technology events. Previously, Jordan was a chemical researcher and a Patent Examiner Extern at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where her passion for innovative thinking flourished. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and is also a registered patent agent. After completing her LegalRnD fellowship, Jordan looks forward to applying her process improvement, project management, data, and technology skills to improve the delivery of legal services in a legal department or law firm.

  


Research Assistants — Law Firms

 

Sean_E_AcostaSean E. Acosta

Sean plans to utilize his communications background, his banking experience, and the technology skills he has developed in the LegalRnD program to better serve clients in transactional and compliance matters. After completing his undergraduate degree, Sean worked for Citibank, where he learned the value of client-facing interactions and staying within compliance. Throughout law school, Sean has grown interested in intellectual property law and its ever changing legal landscape. He has been a member of both the First Amendment Law Clinic and the Food Law Clinic. As a student clinician, Sean engaged in a variety of experiences from teaching seminars on free expression to representing clients pursuing Trademark registrations. Sean will graduate from MSU College of Law in May 2018.

 


Andrew_M_BurgessAndrew M. Burgess

Andrew plans to use his business background together with the process, data, and technology skills he has developed in the LegalRnD program to better serve clients in transactional matters. These skills provide Andrew with the knowledge and ability to approach complex legal issues and invent creative solutions. After his first summer of work and through LegalRnD courses, Andrew identified an opportunity to improve the efficiency of client intake at his county public defender’s office. Using Thinksmart’s Workflow Automation Platform in his LegalRnD Litigation class, Andrew automated client intake forms and streamlined the communication between three parties, improving the process leading up to initial court hearings. With Andrew’s combined experience in legal tech and innovation, and his ability to work with clients ranging from criminal defense issues to trademark dispute issues, Andrew is equipped with the tools to practice law in an ever-changing field. Andrew will graduate from MSU College of Law in May 2018. He plans to return home to Fort Wayne, Indiana to practice.

 


Jameson_C_JoyceJameson C. Joyce

Jameson plans to utilize his extensive experience in both the public and private sector alongside the process, data and technology skills he has developed in the LegalRnD program to better serve clients in transactional, compliance, and regulatory matters. Jameson has worked in the compliance department, and later in the legal department, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. At BCBSM, he worked on process improvement projects and assisted with the implementation of MetricStream, a compliance and risk management system currently in use. Since September 2016, Jameson has worked at the Michigan’s Department of Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud Division, where he has assisted the state of Michigan in recovering funds related to Medicaid & Medicare fraud, as well as elder abuse, Stark, and kickback schemes. Jameson will graduate from MSU College of Law in May 2018 and hopes to relocate to Texas and further his career in health law.

 


Anita Western

Anita plans to use her strong professional background with leadership roles in an educational environment as well as experience in various legal and marketing capacities in a career that leverages the process, data, and technology skills she has developed in the LegalRnD program. Anita leads three organizations at MSU Law and she also publishes the “Law & Future Technology” blog on LexBlog. Anita currently works as a summer intern at LexisNexis in their Large Law department where she assists AmLaw 100 firms with document automation, knowledge management, litigation support, and managed technology solutions. She also works for BARBRI Bar Review as a Marketing Intern, where she partners with the Director of Social Media and the Social Media Team to manage the corporation’s social media presence. Previously Anita worked for an AM Law 200 firm, the Governor of Michigan and multiple state representatives. After she graduates from MSU Law in May 2018, Anita plans to pursue her passion for the issues at the intersection of law and technology, specifically in the realm of artificial intelligence. Follow her blog, Law & Technology.