Talk Justice: Episode Sixty-Four
The First Legal Aid Innovation Lab
Guests from Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) join Cat Moon to discuss creating the nation’s first Innovation Lab housed in a civil legal aid organization on the latest episode of LSC’s “Talk Justice” podcast.
Ashley Campbell is the CEO of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). She began her career at (LANC) in 2003 representing clients in the areas of landlord tenant and domestic violence. In 2005, Campbell worked at the N.C. General Assembly as a non-partisan staff attorney in the Bill Drafting division and committee counsel to the House Finance Committee. In the years that followed, Campbell became an experienced real estate and commercial litigator at Ragsdale Liggett. She transitioned her practice to Campbell Law School in 2016, where she served as director of the Blanchard Community Law Clinic. She led a team of lawyers, administrators and law students to provide legal services in the areas of criminal record expunction, driver’s license restoration, debt remediation, landlord/tenant and domestic violence representation.
Campbell’s professional accomplishments have been honored by the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly and the Triangle Business Journal. She has been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers® multiple times and has been a “Best Lawyer in America” in commercial and real estate litigation since 2016. In 2017, she became president of the Wake County Bar Association where she championed pro bono service and fundraising for Legal Aid of North Carolina. She transformed the Bar leadership nominating process to recruit more diverse leadership into the Bar, which remains one of the most diverse in the state.
Campbell is a member of the Chief Justice’s Equal Access to Justice Commission and the Chief Justice’s Faith and Justice Alliance. She is also past president of the Tenth Judicial District Bar. She was nominated by her peers in the Tenth Judicial District in January 2022 to serve on the State Bar Council, a position she took to work on regulatory change issues to increase access to justice.
Scheree Gilchrist is Chief Innovation Officer at Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). In this strategic role, Gilchrist spearheads the innovation initiatives at LANC, fostering a culture of creativity, collaboration, and efficiency to advance the organization’s vision for an inclusive justice system. Gilchrist graduated with honors from the University of the West Indies School of Law and holds an LL.M. from Duke Law School. She has been an integral part of the LANC team since 2006, starting as a staff attorney and progressing through various roles within the organization. During her tenure, Gilchrist transitioned from being a supervising attorney to managing attorney of LANC’s Centralized Intake Unit.
Jeffrey M. Kelly focuses his practice in areas of complex litigation and outside corporate counsel services. He advocates for companies and individuals faced with significant business disputes, most often involving corporate and securities litigation, financial services and fraud, trade secret and intellectual property protection, and unfair trade practices. He has experience serving clients in state and federal courts, including on appeal. He regularly represents clients in the North Carolina Business Court, a specialized division of the North Carolina judicial system, handling significant issues of corporate and commercial law. Jeff also advises clients faced with sensitive business and white-collar matters, guiding domestic and international clients on global strategy ranging from multi-jurisdictional risk analysis to navigating alternate legal proceedings, such as regulatory complaints, investigations, and arbitration. He has led and worked with special litigation committees, conducting internal audits and independent investigations of companies and directors accused of fraud, corporate malfeasance, and gross mismanagement.
As director of innovation design for the Program on Law and Innovation, Caitlin “Cat” Moon designs the J.D. curriculum for PoLI Institute with the goal of empowering students to lead in the innovation of 21st century legal services delivery. Professor Moon also founded and directs the PoLI Institute, which provides interactive post-graduate executive education to legal professionals. She also co-founded and produces the Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI), which brings together experts across legal, technology and other disciplines in collaborative innovation projects
In addition to her roles at Vanderbilt, Moon works with law firms, legal departments and law schools globally to apply the methods and mindsets of human-centered design to re-imagine leadership and legal professional formation and modernize the delivery of legal services. Her current research focuses on innovation leadership and legal professional formation and includes co-creation of a 21st century framework for lawyer competency, the Delta Model.
Moon maintains an active law license and, before joining the Vanderbilt Law faculty, she provided legal counsel and strategic guidance to start-up companies through her Nashville-based legal practice for over 20 years. She serves on the College of Law Practice Management’s Board of Trustees and on the advisory boards of the MIT Computational Law Report and the Justice Technology Association. Moon was recognized in 2016 by the American Bar Association among the inaugural Women in Legal Tech and as a Fastcase 50 honoree. She received the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ 2017 Janice M. Holder Award, which recognizes a legal professional who “has made significant contributions in advancing the quality of justice statewide by ensuring the legal system is open and available to all.”
Moon holds a B.A. and J.D. from Vanderbilt University, and an M.A. from Western Kentucky University.