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Lawyaw is a technology company that provides an intelligent drafting platform for legal organizations..[1]. Their aim is to remove the administrative aspects of legal drafting, using Lawyaw's intelligent text editor that understands legal text [2][3].

Lawyaw was originally founded in 2016 by Vahed Qazvinian, Ph.D., a former Google Search engineer, and Tucker Cottingham, J.D., attorney and former partner at the Bend Law Group.

Dragomir R. Radev, Yale University professor of computer science, and Alex Pentland, Professor at MIT Media Lab serve as members of the Advisory Board of Lawyaw.

Boldly “building the most intelligent, powerful, and intuitive drafting platform in the world.” [4].

Type of site
Legal Technology & Services
HeadquartersSan Francisco,
United States
Founder(s)Vahed Qazvinian, Tucker Cottingham

Access to Justice[edit]

Lawyaw was started as a for-profit company, however, after building the initial product and realizing the impact of giving lawyers 5x more efficient, they began licensing Lawyaw Clean Slate for free to help legal aid groups streamline low-level felony reductions as well as expungement petitions following the passage of California Proposition 47 (2014). Public defenders, pro-bono attorneys, and legal aid clinics seem to be in love as they are seeing massive increase in efficiency and are able to help more people in need get access to legal services [5]

Lawyaw also partnered with Tides to set up a single entity fund/fiscal sponsor to accept charitable donations to help support legal aid organizations.

Californians for Safety and Justice piloted a platform created by Lawyaw to help legal service providers better serve clients with multiple Proposition 47 convictions. The software allows practitioners and pro bono attorneys to complete much of the necessary paperwork prior to a record change event. In cases where a client has multiple convictions in multiple counties, the software eases the administrative burden by drafting all the necessary forms simultaneously. Lawyaw is now available to nonprofit legal service providers across the state[6]


  1. "Lawyaw, Intelligent Legal Drafting".
  2. "Looking at Artificial Intelligence From a New Perspective".
  3. "How the best Law Firms Leverage Artificial Intelligence".
  4. "Law Hackers Weekly: PenaltyAI | Legalby | Litigation Tracker | Lawyaw". Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  5. "Second Chances and Systems Change, How Proposition 47 is Changing California".
  6. "Second Chances and Systems Change, How Proposition 47 is Changing California; report" (PDF).

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