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Legal Innovation & Technology Lab
@ Suffolk Law School

Our Team

The lab's membership is comprised of clinical students serving as Clinical Innovation & Technology Fellows and by students enrolled in the eponymously named Legal Innovation and Technology Lab. The lab itself is a joint effort between the clinics at Suffolk Law and the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology.

  Faculty & Staff

David Colarusso, Co-Director of the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, Practitioner-in-Residence

An attorney and educator by training, he has worked as a public defender, data scientist, software engineer, and high school physics teacher. He is the author of a programming language for lawyers, QnA Markup, an award winning legal hacker, ABA Legal Rebel, and Fastcase 50 honoree. In 2017 he was named one of the ABA's top legal tweeters.

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Quinten Steenhuis, Co-Director of the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, Practitioner in Residence

Quinten has practiced housing and eviction defense law since 2008, and has been a professional programmer and web application developer since 2001. He speaks at area law schools and blogs frequently on the topic of legal technology. He works on projects addressing social justice and access to justice with technology focusing on the topic of housing and evictions. Quinten is an active member of his local community, serving as an appointed member of the City of Cambridge's Recycling Advisory Committee, serving on the Access to Justice Commission's working group on housing through the Justice for All initiative, founding a neighborhood political action group, and serving as the long-time president of a Scrabble club in Somerville, MA. He received his B.Sc. in Logic and Computation with an additional B.Sc. in Political Science from Carnegie Mellon University and J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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Sam Glover, Clinical Fellow

Sam works with courts, orgs, and the LIT Lab team to build online tools that make legal processes more accessible.

Early in his legal career Sam defended consumers from abusive debt collectors and landlords. He also founded Lawyerist, where he focused on legal innovation, access to justice, technology competence, and community building. Sam has been recognized as a legal innovator by the American Bar Association and Fastcase. Before joining the LIT Lab he opened a website design, strategy, and development studio.

Sam is also a dad, bookworm, aging skate punk, whittler, paddler, and—technically—lawyer.

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Kim McLaurin, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, Director of Clinical Programs and Clinical Professor of Law

Kim M. McLaurin received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University and she is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Following law school graduation, Professor McLaurin accepted a position at the Legal Aid Society of New York City and was employed in various legal positions within the Legal Aid Society until June 2008. Professor McLaurin most recently served as the Attorney in Charge of the Juvenile Rights Division within the Queens Office of the Legal Aid Society. In this position, Professor McLaurin was responsible for the operation of an interdisciplinary trial office of approximately forty staff members. Professor McLaurin was directly responsible for the office’s representation of children involved in Family Court matters, including juvenile delinquency and child protective cases.

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Gabriel Teninbaum, Assistant Dean of Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education and Professor of Legal Writing

Gabe Teninbaum is a professor and legal technologist at Suffolk University Law School. He serves as Director of the Institute on Legal Innovation & Technology (“LIT”), the LIT Concentration (akin to an undergraduate major), and the LIT Certificate (an online program for legal professionals). During his time at Suffolk Law, he has taught more than 10 different courses (including classes held in Hungary, Sweden, and at MIT) and published more than 30 law review pieces and other articles. In addition to his work at Suffolk Law, Prof. Teninbaum has also - simultaneously - held appointments as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project.

He is the founder of an educational technology startup,, which was named one of the Top 20 Legal IT Innovations in the world by ALM/Legal Week Intelligence; is a former trial attorney at Sugarman in Boston; and, before law school, protected dozens of dignitaries – including two sitting U.S. presidents—while serving as an Operations Support Technician in the U.S. Secret Service.

He has been named to the FastCase 50, which "honors the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders,” and called “perhaps the most tech-savvy law professor in the country” by the ABA Journal, which named him to the Web100 (the top 100 legal professionals to follow on social media).

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Sarah Boonin, Director of Clinical Programs and Clinical Professor of Law

Sarah Boonin teaches in the areas of mental health and disability law, women's reproductive health, and legal ethics. She designed and teaches Suffolk's first Health Law Clinic. The Clinic provides students with an opportunity to hone their legal skills under close supervision through live client practice in the areas of guardianship, Social Security disability practice, and healthcare benefits. Professor Boonin and her clinical students specialize in serving clients with complex mental health needs. Professor Boonin serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Programs. She is a faculty affiliate to the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights.

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Dyane O'Leary, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Director, Legal Innovation & Technology Concentration

Professor O’Leary’s scholarship focuses on integrating technology competence into the legal practice curriculum. She has published on topics such as artificially intelligent legal research and writing tools and designed an advanced writing class to build skills in areas such as e-discovery, research analytics, word processing for lawyers, and typography and digital design of legal documents. Professor O’Leary previously taught at Northeastern Law School and New England Law Boston. She graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University and Suffolk University Law School and practiced complex commercial and intellectual property litigation at WilmerHale, LLP in Boston.

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Richard Buckingham, Director of the Law Library and Information Resources Associate Professor of Legal Research

Professor Buckingham joined the Moakley Law Library as a legal reference librarian in 2002. Before becoming a librarian, he worked in housing and residence life at several institutions, including Boston University and Emerson College. While obtaining his degree from Simmons College he worked part-time at the Harvard Law School Library.

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