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The Center for Urban Business and Entrepreneurship (CUBE) at Brooklyn Law School invited New York area law school students to compete in its 8th annual Stanley M. Grossman Innovators Invitational on April 13, 2021 to help launch legal tech ventures. Eleven teams from Albany Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Columbia Law School, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pitched their legal technology startups to an esteemed panel of judges to compete for $12,000 in prize money to launch their ventures.

Congratulations to our winners!

First Place ($6,000) — Winners of the Manne Prize

Columbia Law School

Team Member: Erin McKissick
Project description: An online platform promoting landlord accountability via a system to review landlords as well as a database of verifiable sources explaining and boosting public comprehension of tenant law.

Second Place ($4,000)

Albany Law School
Patent Attorney Toolkit

Team Members: Matthew Morales and Chirag Arora
Project description: This project uses machine learning to analyze and process patent documents to increase efficiency of routine legal tasks completed by patent professionals.

Third Place ($2,000)

Brooklyn Law School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Team Members: Minal Patel ’23 and Shivani Patel
Project description: This application seeks to provide immigrant children specific legal, medical, and educational resources by providing information that enables refugee/government agencies to match with professionals who can offer aid.

Judging Criteria

Judges’ Review of the competitors’ submissions will assess the following:

  1. How clearly and concisely the proposal states a problem and a proposed solution
  2. How feasibly and effectively the proposal addresses the stated problem
  3. How well the problem and proposal presented are supported by analysis and research
  4. How innovative the proposal is, as compared to existing or analogous solutions
  5. How well the presentation demonstrates competence and capability to implement the proposal, including but not limited to how well the seed money, if won, would further the venture’s mission


We are honored to have outstanding leaders in law and technology serve as judges. Each entry was scored for concision, effectiveness, ambition, innovation, competence, and student/team presentation. Judges include:

Bob Manne (BLS ’77), Founder, The Bob and Grace Manne Family Foundation
Christopher Doyle, Partner, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP
Craig A. Cook, General Counsel & Secretary, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
D.K. Smith, Managing Director; Founding Member; CMO/Co-Founder, Brooklyn Innovation Center; Brooklyn Angels; dxDigital
Andrea Markstrom, Chief Information Officer; Founder/CEO, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; i.WILL (Inspiring Women Igniting Leadership & Learning)
Michael Hassin, Chief Technology Officer & Cofounder, Afterpattern
Leo Kittay (BLS ’08), Partner, Fross Zelnick
Kevin Mulcahy, VP of Education & Community Programs, Neota Logic
Julian Yap, Founder, Serial Box Publishing
Denise Faltischek (BLS ’00), Chief Strategy Officer, Aphria Inc.
Jeffrey Berkowitz (BLS ’92), CEO and Director, Real Endpoints
Sonya-Smith Valentine (BLS ’97), CEO and Founder, Financially Fierce, LLC
Fred Rosen (BLS ’69), President and CEO, Red Carpet Entertainment


The Stanley M. Grossman Innovators Invitational at CUBE would not have been possible without the vision, generosity and faith of our sponsors. These include:
  • Stanley and Nancy Grossman Family Foundation
  • The Bob and Grace Manne Family Foundation
  • Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Fross Zelnick
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Julian Yap, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Serial Box
  • i.WILL (Inspiring Women Igniting Leadership & Learning)
  • Afterpattern
  • Neota Logic
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