Our team lives in the space where the craft of writing meets innovation. We’re modernizing the justice system, one brief at a time.
Founder & CEO
Jacqueline Schafer is the founder and CEO of Clearbrief, a Word Add-In that leverages AI to help litigators find the best evidence for any sentence in their draft, and instantly complete tedious litigation tasks like the Table of Authorities. Clearbrief is used by hundreds of firms across the country, as well as several government agencies and court systems. Clearbrief was named 2022 New Law Company of the Year (LegalWeek), 2021 Startup of the Year (American Legal Technology Awards), and Schafer won the 2021 WA State Bar Award for Legal Innovation for founding Clearbrief as well as for her 2020 law review article ("Harnessing AI for Struggling Families"). Schafer was also honored by inclusion on the ABA’s “2022 Women of Legal Tech” list and was recently honored as part of the 2022 Fastcase 50, Honoring ‘Innovators, Techies, Visionaries and Leaders’ in Law. Jacqueline began her career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, and spent the majority of her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington and Alaska Attorney General’s Offices, where she specialized in appellate practice and complex litigation. Before joining the startup world, she also served as in-house counsel for the national nonprofit Casey Family Programs, where she negotiated agreements with state courts across the country and managed impact litigation. In addition to her pro bono appellate advocacy for several nonprofits in the Northwest, she serves as a founding board member of the Washington State CASA Association. She received her B.A. in English and French from the University of Pennsylvania (where she sang with John Legend's former a cappella group!), and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Chief Technology Officer
As Clearbrief’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Jose Saura leads the engineering team and draws on his decades of experience in productizing cutting-edge AI. Before joining Clearbrief, Jose spent two decades at Microsoft spearheading teams of engineers, data scientists, and researchers, while working on a broad set of problems ranging from industrial control systems, content management and content publishing, advertising and reward programs, sales leads optimization, forecasting, computer vision, and carbon sequestration modeling. Throughout his career, Jose has merited twelve technology patents and loves building software solutions that solve real-world challenges.
Head of Community
While studying law internationally (PhD International Business Law) in Europe and North America, Maryam developed a passion for improving the lives of lawyers. Prior to her role at Clearbrief, Maryam successfully created business development strategies for various startups and LexisNexis. Her approach to growth draws from her international experience and a love for data. In addition to spreading the word about LegalTech, Maryam enjoys volunteering her time to mentoring students and spreading awareness around the importance of Diversity & Inclusion.
Tovi Newman leads frontend product and web development for Clearbrief, handling all aspects of building elegant and functional experiences for our end users. Prior to Clearbrief, Tovi brought conceptual ideas to life in the form of company websites and mobile music applications. Why music apps in particular you might ask? Well, Tovi did earn a Bachelor of Music in Music Pedagogy from the University of Alaska Anchorage, taught music for several years, and continues to play jazz guitar professionally! In his free time, Tovi enjoys playing with his two daughters, making music, and spending time outdoors.
Hailing from sunny Florida, Kristy Hollingshead leads data science research to enhance the Clearbrief platform. After Kristy attained her Ph.D. in Computer science from the Oregon Health and Science University, she completed her postdoctoral career at the University of Maryland, and later went on to work with the U.S. government. She's impressively published thirty natural language processing articles, spanning a wide range of topics including parsing, language modeling, machine translation, time-series and social media analytics. In her free time, Kristy loves recharging her body with a nice road run and recharging her mind with a good puzzle. Speaking of puzzles, Kristy can teach (almost) anyone to solve a Rubik’s cube!
Government Partnerships Lead
Janell serves as the government relations lead for Clearbrief, a role that blends her experience in government with her love of legal writing. Before joining Clearbrief, Janell worked at the Alaska Attorney General's Office, most recently serving as the Solicitor General for civil appeals, where she worked on a variety of civil appeals and supervised the state’s appellate practice. Before that, she supervised the state’s labor and affairs section, working on a wide array of government legal issues, and served as an Assistant Attorney General in the torts and appellate sections. Janell served as a law clerk to Judge Trevor Stephens of the First Judicial District in Ketchikan, and later to (retired) Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court. She received a dual J.D./M.A. from Brooklyn Law School and Brooklyn College. She loves running on the Alaska trails outside her door, traveling, hiking and skiing with her family, and eating delicious food that other people cook.
As a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and multi-hyphenate artist, Ean Tatum leverages his passion for the law and his innate creativity to help our customers become Clearbrief experts! Recently, Ean developed an interest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, but couldn't exactly envision how technology and the justice system could intersect for good — then came Clearbrief. Before law school, Ean earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and worked as a legal assistant at a small law firm. In his free time, Ean enjoys dancing, fashion styling, and traveling. Although unlike many who prefer to see as many new places as possible, Ean loves rediscovering and unearthing the beauty of places he's already been. He's been to Malaysia three times!
Becca is a former immigration attorney who has championed tech throughout her career. She sees the possibilities that Clearbrief brings to justice tech and wants to share this excitement with a wider audience. Becca began her legal career in the Department of Justice Honors Program before transitioning her skills to private practice. Her legal advocacy focused on complex civil litigation in federal courts of appeal, district court, and before federal agencies. Prior to attending law school at the University of San Francisco, she led the adoption of tech tools at a national nonprofit. Becca enjoys traveling, baking the perfect pie crust, and wildflower hunting across California.
Sarah Covington, MBA, CPCO holds certification by Harvard Business School On-line in Management Essentials, Cornell On-line in Business Law, and from the AAPC as a Certified Professional Compliance Officer. In 2020, Sarah led 3 different teams to an MIT Hackathon track win and also an OHSU Inventathon track win. She also led a winning team in an FDA/HHS Diagnostic Designathon. Sarah was a presenter in the 2021 National Health Policy Conference, covering emerging AI tech. She was also selected as a participant in Cambia Grove’s 2021 Hackathon to develop alternative care and payment models in consideration of social drivers of health, equity and inclusion. Sarah participates in Founder’s Frequency and has served as a mentor for several emerging healthtech start-ups. Sarah has also previously worked in leadership roles for 3 health systems in Revenue Cycle Management, specializing in leading operations through system conversions and acquisitions, served as the VP of Revenue Cycle a vendor solution, and as the COO for a healthtech start-up company that participated in the VA’s AI tech sprint, the VHA’s Greenhouse program, the Blackfoot Accelerator, and the Activate Vaughn Accelerator. Moreover, Sarah also serves as adjunct faculty, teaching healthcare law, in support of guiding the next generation towards innovative approaches in healthcare management. Sarah is currently pursuing a juris doctorate and was a co-moderator in the SD Bar Association 2021 Annual Conference and also served as a Co-Moderator for the SD’s Administrative Law Committee’s Judicial Panel. She has been selected to represent the University of Dayton School of Law in the ABA Negotiation Competition as well as the Counseling Competition. Sarah is presently engaged in four legal internships: IP firm in NY, Estate Planning in SD, Health Start-Up in CA, and Legal AI tech in WA.
Sam Sentenn brings a unique background in biology to her role as a legal intern at Clearbrief. In her undergraduate studies, Sam studied microbiology and medical science, specializing in therapeutic genetic modification. Hoping to combine her love of science and social justice, she decided to pursue a law degree. In her time at the University of Washington school of Law, Sam has immersed herself into artificial intelligence, studying its growing impact on the legal field. Prior to joining the Clearbrief team, Sam was active in UW’s Technology and Public Policy Clinic, where she gained insights on how the future of tech can be utilized to improve our justice system. Sam’s advocacy work largely centered consumer data privacy, leading to her drafting model biometric legislation for Washington state. In her free time, Sam can be found in the pool. A lifelong competitive swimmer, Sam continues to compete with United States Masters Swimming, training with and competing against other adult swimmers from across the country.
Lucas Wetsch is a current second-year student at the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior to joining law school, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of North Dakota with a degree in Finance. Lucas successfully ran his own small business throughout high school and into his undergraduate years, giving him the ability to connect with customers and to relate to their challenges and successes. Throughout his academic and professional career, Lucas has always had a passion for helping people and coming up with creative solutions for complex problems. Lucas loves having the opportunity to meet new customers everyday, and finding out how Clearbrief can help take their practice to the next level. Lucas also spent a summer working at the North Dakota Supreme Court as a Judicial Extern, gaining invaluable experience in the work of appellate lawyers and law clerks. Outside of work and school, Lucas enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, riding his motorcycle, snowboarding, and traveling.
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