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. She won the 2021 WA State Bar Award for Legal Innovation for her work founding Clearbrief as well as her 2020 law review article, Harnessing AI for Struggling Families. Schafer began her career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, 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, Jacqueline 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, a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and an advisor to the startup X4Impact. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania (where she sang with John Legend's former a cappella group!), and cum laude 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 Sales
As an experienced sales leader, Marielle oversees sales operations at Clearbrief. Her background spans across corporate event planning, audience development for museums, and employee engagement programming for Fortune 500 organizations like Facebook, Pfizer, Google, and others. Her career has been led by a passion for reinvention, whether it's challenging the status quo to reshape museum experiences or to revolutionize legal writing.
Full Stack Engineer
Tovi Newman leads front-end 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.
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.
Growth Marketing Lead
Owning the end-to-end process for crafting strategy, content development, testing, execution and performance analysis of campaigns, Thiale serves as Clearbrief's Growth Marketing Lead. Prior to joining the team, Thiale drove monetization and expansion efforts for incubation-stage products at Microsoft, built the commercialization strategy for a new AI/ML retail solution, and currently creates content for the tech giant's customer data platform. When not being a marketing maven by day, Thiale loves feeding her not-so-mild true crime addiction and triple checking that her doors are locked before heading to bed.
A multi-hyphenate artist and student at the Seattle University School of Law, Ean Tatum leverages his experiences as a law student and his innate creativity to drive Clearbrief forward across business lines like marketing, business development, and research. 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. Prior to joining the team and commencing his law school journey, 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!
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!
Jae is a natural language processing (NLP) expert at Clearbrief! Currently a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jae earned an M.S. in Computational Linguistics from Brandeis University in 2018. Before joining Clearbrief, Jae worked on fundamental NLP research projects with various government agencies such as DARPA. Jae's professional interests lie in natural language semantics, machine learning, and information extraction. Jae's hobbies include (among many other things!) figure skating, woodworking, viola, language learning, and yoga.
Citation QA Analyst
Olivia Doss oversees all things quality assurance for Clearbrief related to the Bluebook and citations to the record. Ultimately, Olivia's work frees you from worrying about your italicized commas and local court formatting rules so you can spend more time constructing your most compelling arguments. Prior to joining Clearbrief, Olivia earned her J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law where she served as the Executive Editor for Wake Forest's Journal of Law & Policy, was hired as a law clerk through the Department of Justice Honors Program and contributed to appellate briefs filed in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals as part of Wake Forest's Appellate Advocacy Clinic. When it's time to unwind, Olivia enjoys yoga, (successfully) keeping her house plants alive, wine tasting, and spending time laughing with her friends and family.
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.
Mackey Saturday and his team lead the brand and product design for Clearbrief, helping to bring the team’s vision to life while ensuring the platform and brand have a unique, modern look and feel. Mackey has designed the branding for iconic companies including Instagram, Facebook Oculus, and Silk, and was excited to work on a platform with a strong social impact mission. Mackey and his team helped create a beautiful, intuitive experience for justice system users to learn about and utilize Clearbrief for their critical daily tasks.
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