The Company:

AccessArc is a socially conscious legal technology company that seeks to mitigate the effects of mass incarceration by: 1) increasing accessibility to legal advocacy for currently incarcerated individuals and their families, 2) increasing participation and understanding of the legal system and criminal court processes for incarcerated individuals and their families, and 3) reducing the public burden caused by mass incarceration.

Our Team:

Michael Savage is a third-year law student at the University of Chicago. He became interest in social justice at a young age as he observed family member’s struggle with the criminal justice system. While this initiated his interest in law, opportunities to work at both the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights revealed that law is only one aspect of advocacy. Since entering law school, Michael has worked in both the Institute for Justice Clinic and Entrepreneurship and the Housing Initiative Clinic. Both Clinics focus on providing legal services to small businesses and community organization. For Michael, AccessArc marries these passions: criminal justice reform, law, and business. Michael received his degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Vanessa Brown is a third-year law student at the University of Chicago Law School. At the law school, Vanessa devotes her time primarily to the Mandel Legal Aid’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, representing indigent defendants charged with serious criminal charges, both in the Juvenile and Adult Court systems. The Project also focuses on social justice reform and policy advocacy, which Vanessa hopes to incorporate into her legal practice as a practicing attorney. Prior to attending law school, Vanessa was a 2011 graduate of Dartmouth College, and a Corps Member with Teach for America, spending two years at a low-income school in Massachusetts teaching Special Education. Her interest in criminal justice reform stems from her  role as a Special Education teacher, and her work in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project have given her opportunities to advocate for clients in and out of court, exposing her to the difficulties of getting a just result in court, particularly when the client is poor. She brings the unique perspective of a future lawyer interested in the practice and use of AccessArc for both lawyers and clients themselves, and believes AccessArc can be a revolutionary tool for both the legal practice and client advocacy.

Darell Hayes is a third-year student at the Law School.  He spent this past summer at Milbank in New York where he worked in leveraged finance, project finance, and transportation finance.  Prior to law school, Darell completed an education policy fellowship at the Tennessee Department of Education.  Immediately after college, Darell spent two years as a management consultant with the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), a global strategy firm, in Chicago. Darell graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2010 and holds a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE).

Blaise Ross is currently a first year law student at University of Chicago. Prior to law school, he spent a year doing back-end project management in the construction field, as well as a year in sales. Blaise graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Finance in 2013.