Case Study: Tainted Drug Lab Evidence in Massachusetts

“One of the beautiful things about the partnership in this case was that it really took advantage of everyone’s skills, and pointed them in the proper direction.” –Matthew Segal Background In what is likely the single largest dismissal of wrongful convictions in the legal history of the U.S., the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts vacated […]

Case study: Google Books and Privacy

“The EFF has long believed that one of the things that makes us able to participate so meaningfully in these conversations is that we have real technologists on staff. We have trust, and we understand each other. We hire people specifically for their ability to explain technology to non-technical people.” – Cindy Cohn Background One […]

Catalyst 2: Plan as a group

Set realistic expectations about what you and your organization can contribute and what risks or uncertainties you foresee. Don’t be afraid to admit when a task is outside your area of expertise – that’s what collaboration is for! As a group, divide responsibilities based on each collaborator’s expertise, resources, and bandwidth. Decide who will provide […]

Catalyst 1: Define your cause, objectives, and strategies

Discuss your goals in advance with your collaborators and your stakeholders. Identify clear and specific objectives that have the potential to further a broader cause. Compare litigation to other means of reaching your objectives. Consider potential allies with other causes that might benefit from (or be harmed by) the outcome of your case. Consult a […]