University of Wisconsin–Madison

Anne Smith and her colleagues at Madison Seed Accelerator win state bar's innovation award

Anne Smith

Professor Anne Smith and her colleagues at Madison Seed Accelerator Inc. were named to the State Bar of Wisconsin's list of Legal Innovators for 2018. According to the state bar website, winners of the annual award are "movers and shakers who infuse the legal profession with a dose of creative thinking."

The accelerator was designed specifically to help entrepreneurs tackle their governance challenges, like board management, financials, and legal and risk management. Smith, who directs UW Law School's Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic, co-founded the Madison Seed Accelerator four years ago with Eric Englund and Louis Condon. Condon and program manager Collin Schaefer are both 2014 UW Law graduates.

A number of other UW Law alumni also won 2018 Innovator awards:

  • Emery Harlan '89, won Lifetime Innovator honors for his efforts to increase diversity at his law firm and within the legal profession.
  • Abby Churchill '15 for founding Trans Law Help Madison, which provides legal resources for transgender clients. (Lynn Lodahl '14, Polly Shoemaker '15, and Vanessa Kuettel '14 all volunteer on the project.)
  • Sofia Ascorbe '17 for her work on Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project, a court-based, walk-in clinic for low-income tenants facing eviction.
  • Sheila Sullivan '04 who manages a victim rights project aimed at helping those who have survived crimes, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. UW Law alums Kori Ashley '12, Susan Lund '11, Beth Ann Richlen '06, and Rachel Sattler '08 also work on the project.

Learn more in the November issue of Inside Track, the State Bar of Wisconsin's biweekly newsletter.

Submitted by Law School News on November 14, 2018

This article appears in the categories: Faculty, In the Media, UW Women in Law

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