Gainesville, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/28/2015 -- What do indigent rights, professional negligence claims and criminal defense have in common? They are all examples of advocacy being supported by CrowdLaw.net.
CrowdLaw, a University of Florida Innovation Hub-based Startup, is positioning itself as a "Kickstarter" for access to justice.
Henry Perlstein – the company's Chief Empowerment Officer – says "CrowdLaw.net was created to provide direct access to donations for advocacy campaigns. Supporting access to justice for those in need is essential for our adversarial system to function properly. The 'access to justice' problem is a collective suffering that will only be fixed with many individual solutions.
CrowdLaw is a platform for effectuating change on an individual campaign-by-campaign and case-by-case basis. This is the moment to really impact access to justice in law."
Using CrowdLaw, advocates and clients follow a simple process to either create a campaign to begin raising funds. Donors choose whether to remain anonymous or identify themselves. Clients and advocates may also choose to seek funding privately using CrowdLaw. All donations are secured by PayPal, all funds are distributed transparently to directly benefit "real clients and real advocacy" as Perlstein calls it.
The idea for CrowdLaw sprouted when founders Henry Perlstein and Robert Hogan, then law students at the UF Law, found that they had little hope of sustainably funding for starting a nonprofit law firm they aspired to create.
The social benefit organization debuted CrowdLaw.net through a Beta launch in Florida, but the team was almost instantly contacted with interested campaigners all around the US – from Worcester, MA to Berkeley, CA – and throughout the world – from Brisbane, AU to London, UK, to San Juan, PR.
CrowdLaw is currently seeking new campaigns on their platform now. Florida startup launches project to crowdfund access to justice for all.