The American Bar Association launched the ABA Center for Innovation in September 2016, to encourage and accelerate innovations that improve the accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of legal services in the United States. The Center has had a highly successful first year, taking on a number of impactful projects and initiatives, such as:

  • Developing a FloodProof resource as part of a comprehensive effort to aid Louisiana flood victims;
  • Collaborating on the creation of Hate Crime Help to direct hate crime victims to geographically relevant information and resources;
  • Launching a social entrepreneurship project with the Legal Services Corporation that will facilitate LSC grantees' implementation of cutting-edge tools and services;
  • Collaborating on the creation and design of a 21-century Miranda tool to help arrestees understand their rights;
  • Creating a Fellowship Program that enables innovators to develop and implement impactful projects; and
  • Hosting and organizing national events and programs that spotlight cutting-edge legal services innovations.

These are just a few of the Center’s initiatives. This website contains more details about them and other projects, including some that are still under development.

As we start our second year, we remain grateful for the support of the American Bar Association and our growing network of sponsors and collaborators within and outside of the profession.  We encourage you to read about what we have achieved together and to reach out to us if you are interested in joining our efforts to improve the effectiveness, accessibility and affordability of legal information and services.


Andrew Perlman
Chair, ABA Center for Innovation

Marty Smith
Vice Chair, ABA Center for Innovation

Janet Jackson
Managing Director


The ABA Center for Innovation expresses its appreciation to the following for their financial support and commitment to the work of the Center:

ABA Business Law Section

ABA Criminal Justice Section

ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness

American University Washington College of Law

Cisco Systems

William C. Hubbard

Rene and Judy Perry Martinez


North Carolina Administrative Office of the Court

North Carolina Bar Association

North Carolina Supreme Court

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Additionally, the ABA Center for Innovation is extremely grateful for the invaluable programmatic support it received from our partners:

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities


Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design

Seyfarth Shaw

Stanford University Design School

Suffolk Law School

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Tulane University Law School

Programs and Projects

Guided by its Programs & Projects Committee, the ABA Center for Innovation has undertaken a number of initiatives that are encouraging and accelerating legal services innovations. Here are a few examples:

Hate Crime Help
Social Entrepreneurship
Online Legal Tech Course
Immigration Justice
Legal Checkups
Innovation Clearinghouse
Miranda Tool

Other Activities

Fellows Program
Presentations, Publications and Media Coverage

How You Can Help

The ABA Center for Innovation collaborates with individuals, organizations, and foundations. To make a charitable gift to support the important work of the Center for Innovation to improve access to justice for all, please contact the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. If you have project ideas, resources, or subject matter expertise and would like to collaborate with the ABA Center for Innovation, we encourage you to reach out to Center staff:


Janet Jackson, Director

Sarah Glassmeyer, Project Specialist Manager

Lanita Thomas, Office Manager


ABA Center for Innovation
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Phone: 312-988-5192


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