Our team lives in the space where the craft of writing meets innovation. We’re modernizing the justice system, one brief at a time.

Team

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Jacqueline Schafer
Founder & CEO
Jacqueline began her career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, and spent much of 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 and founding Clearbrief, Jacqueline also served as Senior Director, Program Counsel for the national child welfare nonprofit Casey Family Programs, negotiating agreements with courts across the country and managing litigation and amicus efforts in impact litigation. Jacqueline was recognized by VentureBeat as one of four semi-finalists for the 2020 Women in AI Rising Star award for founding ClearBrief, as well as for her Dec 2020 law review article describing how AI and natural language processing (NLP) will transform courts and government social services. In addition to her regular pro bono appellate advocacy for several nonprofits in the Northwest, she serves as a founding board member of the Washington State CASA Association, and a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. She also serves as an advisor to two AI organizations focused on social impact AI innovation, the Microsoft-backed startup X4Impact and Think of Us. 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.
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Jose Saura
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.
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Marielle Howell
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.
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Tovi Newman
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.
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Thiale Diop
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.
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Ean Tatum
Business Analyst
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!
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Kristy Hollingshead
Data Scientist
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!
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Jae Storozum
NLP Developer
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.
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Olivia Doss
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.
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Rebecca Dames
Content Adviser
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.
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Mackey Saturday
Design
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.



Featured Advisors & Investors

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Mark Britton
AVVO FOUNDER AND FORMER CEO
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Judge Karen Ashby
FORMER JUSTICE ON COLORADO COURT OF APPEALS
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Bill Neukom
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Beth Birnbaum
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Jim Shaughnessy
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Bryan Garner
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Kelly Breslin Wright
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Jon Runyan
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Jason Barnwell
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