USC Legal Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014

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USC Legal Startup Weekend

Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014

Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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***Keynote Speaker: Adam White, Director of Business Development and Strategy at Coinbase.

***$10 worth of Bitcoin for everyone that attends Demo Day

All hands on deck! The legal industry is in dire need of innovation and is asking for your help. Come join us Nov. 7-9 for the inaugural USC Legal Tech Startup Weekend hackathon and help us bring the legal industry into the 21st century. Anyone can make an elevator pitch Friday night. The top vote-getting ideas will be hacked into minimally viable products to be presented to a panel of industry experts. Prizes will be awarded (each member of the winning team will get an Amazon Kindle!); friendships will be made; and the legal industry will be forever in your debts.

There are a limited number of free tickets available and we expect to sell out, so act now (! If you are unable to attend the hackathon, you can still purchase a Demo Day ticket for only $30. You will get to see the awesome products that are created, $10 in Bitcoin, and hear from a Bitcoin industry expert.

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Friday November 7th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Dinner will be served.

6:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and go over other key information that attendees will need to know.

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Team Formation and Begin Working
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. The day will end at 9 PM.

Saturday November 8th

8:00 am
Continental breakfast will be served and teams will continue where they left off yesterday.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help, continue work

1:00 pm
Mentor Group #1
Please see the mentor schedule for which mentors will be arriving at which times (1:00pm-5:00pm).

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 9th

8:00 am
Continental breakfast will be served and teams will put the finishing touches on their products.

8:00 am
Mentor Group #2
This will be your last chance to get help from your mentors since powerpoints must be submitted by noon.

12:00 pm
Demo Day Check In
Demo Day will be held in Room 3 at the USC Gould School of Law.

1:00 pm
Keynote Speech: Adam White
Bitcoin technology will change the world. However, most people only understand Bitcoin to be a "Virtual Currency." While this is only one part of Bitcoin, the technology has far greater implications. Adam White, Director of Business Development and Strategy at Coinbase will discuss what exactly Bitcoin is and the value it offers, how it can be applied to improve many things we take for granted, and the legal landscape surrounding Bitcoin.

2:00 pm
Final Presentations
Each team will present its minimally viable product and go-to-market strategy to a panel of judges that includes: Ron Goldie, Jourdi de Werd, and Andy Wilson.

4:00 pm
Awards Ceremony
The winning teams will be announced and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

4:30 pm
Networking Reception
All attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and grow their Los Angeles tech and legal community networks. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

6:00 pm
USC Legal Tech Weekend Ends
We will be sad to see everyone go, but we will look forward to seeing everyone again next year!


Keynote Speaker: Adam White
Director of Business Strategy and Development

Adam White, Director of Business Development & Strategy at Coinbase, focuses on identifying and developing new market opportunities. He previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. and served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Adam has testified before Congress as an expert witness in the payments space and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Optical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Event Judges

Ron Goldie
Managing Partner at Law Office of Ron R. Goldie

Ron Goldie is a corporate and transactional business attorney. He has held multiple senior partner positions with large national law firms and is now practicing as a sole practitioner. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and teaches “Counseling the Start Up,” a corporate and transactional law course.

Jourdi de Werd
President at de Werd Capital Partners, LLC

Jourdi de Werd has more than 20 years of experience completing financial transactions. He currently serves as the president and founder of De Werd Capital Partners and was previously a co-founder and managing director of Greif & Co., a Los Angeles investment bank that completed more than $10 billion in transactions during his tenure. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from USC and regularly authors articles on investment banking and corporate finance. He lectures on these topics at business schools throughout the country.

Andy Wilson
CEO/Co-Founder at Rexter

Andy Wilson is a seasoned senior executive in the software and technology space with a strong expertise in SaaS and cloud computing. He founded a Los Angeles-based technology accelerator, Momentum Venture Management and has raised more than $75m in venture financing. He now serves as the CEO and primary founder of Rexter, which offers a cloud-based solution for managing your professional network. He obtained his B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Josh Lawler
Partner at Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

Josh Lawler’s practice focuses primarily on corporate law, securities law, and mergers & acquisitions. His practice often involves deals with heavy technology and intellectual property components. He is a founder and Executive Chairman of LawLoop, LLC; a company providing comprehensive document practice management solutions for law firms and legal departments on a SAAS platform. Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, he practiced as a corporate and M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meaghar & Flom LLP.

Coaches and Mentors

Eva Hibnick
Co-founder and Chief of Growth at One400

Eva Hibnick is the co-founder and Chief of Growth at One400 (, a digital agency focusing on integrated marketing solutions for law firms and legal tech startups. She was previously the Marketing Manager at General Assembly and before entering the startup world, she was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and licensed to practice in New York. Eva is a frequent speaker on legal marketing and sales. She is also active in the legal tech community, serving as the co-organizer to the LA Legal Hackers Meetup, the LA Legal Community Meetup and was a mentor for the SF Legal Tech Startup Weekend. She has guest blogged for Solo Practice University, The Law Insider, Shake Law and other legal industry blogs.

Allen Rodriguez
Chief of Strategy and Product at ONE400

Allen Rodriguez is the co-founder and Chief of Product at One400 (, a digital agency focusing on innovative marketing for law firms and legal tech startups. Prior to One400, he was the Director of Attorney Services at LegalZoom and ran the referral service at the LA County Bar, generating over $2 million in revenue during his term. He has been doing marketing for lawyers and legal tech startups for the past 15 years. He is a frequent speaker on productization of legal services. He is also active in the legal tech community, serving as the co-organizer to the LA Legal Hackers Meetup, the LA Legal Community Meetup and was a mentor for the SF Legal Tech Startup Weekend.

Terrence Yang
Startup Mentor, Investor, Precelerator. Founder, Yang Ventures

Terrence Yang is the founder and managing partner of Yang Ventures and Yang Precelerator ( Yang Precelerator is modeled on Y Combinator (weekly growth focus, no coworking space, off-the-record chats with successful founders and VCs, but with flexible and generous office hours). The precelerator focuses on Legal Tech, Fintech (esp. Bitcoin), and Female-led Startups. Terrence is also an ex-Wall Street lawyer, officer & financial innovator who received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.S. from USC. He is a Quora Top Writer (startup investing) with 1.5m+ views. He was the initial investor and main advisor for Infobitt, which was founded by Larry Sanger, a founder of Wikipedia. Terrence has invested in or served as a limited partner in 30 startups since 2013 and has helped them raise over $1 million over the same time frame. He has served as a mentor and judge at numerous Startup Weekend events.

Gracye Cheng

Gracye Cheng is an investment panelist at Yang Ventures, where she sources and analyzes investments as well as works with portfolio companies on business strategy and development. She graduated with a JD from Harvard Law School in 2013 and an AB in History & Literature from Harvard College in 2010.

Lawrence Cisneros

Lawrence Cisneros is the co-founder and CEO of DRNXMYTH (@drnxmyth on Instagram), a venture-backed alcohol technology company that bottles, fresh craft cocktails with their patent-pending technology.  He received his J.D. from USC, and B.A. from SDSU.  

Bryan Miller
Front-End Web Development at Bryt Designs

Bryan is  a front-end web developer & designer. He has owned and operated his own business for over 4 years designing responsive websites with a focus on user experience and site optimization (

Frank Leach
Lead Engineer, JD Supra

Frank has over 15 years of Internet Development experience, creating solutions for companies of all sizes. His specialties are: .NET in C# and VB, MS SQL Server, Database Architecture, Network Engineering, Cloud-based Internet Infrastructure, Social Media Integration, and IOS Development.

Mike Tomasulo
Patent Litigation Trial Attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP

Mike focuses on high-stakes intellectual property litigation and counseling for a wide array of technology clients. He has served as lead counsel for leading companies in a variety of industries including: Activision Blizzard, Inc., Nintendo of America Inc., J.C. Penney Company Inc., and Rent-A-Center.

Pablo Arredondo
Vice President at Casetext

Aaron George
Co-founder of LawKick and Lexicata

Aaron grew up in Dillon, Colorado and moved on to the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a BS (summa cum laude) in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Business. He began law school at Loyola Marymount University in 2010. During law school, Aaron held a variety of internships in several industries, including a real estate investment company, a law firm, and a tech startup. He also started a successful iPhone app development company during law school, which ultimately inspired him to pursue entrepreneurship. Today, Aaron is co-founder of two legal startups and, with a mission of making legal services more efficient, affordable, and accessible to consumers through the power of technology. 

David Hennigan
Marketing Research Assistant, Mississippi State IUniversity

Adam Long has spent the last ten years developing and managing legal technology products. He currently works in product management for Praedicat, Inc., a Los Angeles-based startup that develops software analytics tools to help insurance carriers to predict mass tort litigation risk. Previously he worked in product development and product management for LegalZoom, and He holds a masters degree in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a law degree from the University of Chicago. He began his legal career at the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a litigator handling intellectual property, securities and complex business disputes.

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