Devshi Mehrotra was a pc science undergraduate on the College of Chicago when she and classmate Leslie Jones-Dove developed JusticeText, an platform that makes it simpler for public defenders to evaluate and analyze the large portions of police physique cam and different video footage that’s changing into more and more frequent in legal instances.
On the time, Mehrotra (pictured above proper with Jones-Dove) by no means envisioned it as an organization or a profession. However a 12 months after graduating, as video of police misconduct introduced the nation to a nationwide reckoning round racial justice and legal justice reform, she realized that it was precisely what she was meant to do. For somebody with no background in legislation or entrepreneurship, it was, she says, a terrifying leap of religion.
Since then, JusticeText has constructed a stable base of public defender workplaces as prospects and it lately raised a seed financing spherical of $2.2 million. In the meantime, Mehrotra and Jones-Dove have gained recognition and accolades for his or her progressive product and their social-justice mission, together with having each been named to the Fastcase 50 for 2022, having been named by Smithsonian Journal as amongst Sixteen Innovators to Watch in 2022, and having been named to the Forbes 30 Beneath 30 record for 2021.
On this episode of LawNext, Mehrotra joins host me to share the story of how and why she constructed JusticeText and of what the long run holds for the still-nascent firm.
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