Acorn Legal Solutions Announces Pro Bono Hosting Partnership with Equip for Equality
Through Relativity’s Justice for Change program, Acorn will support Equip for Equality in their use of RelativityOne to advance the civil rights of people with disabilities
CHICAGO, IL – November 9, 2023 – Acorn Legal Solutions, a woman-led eDiscovery firm headquartered in Chicago, today announced its fourth hosting partnership through Relativity’s Justice for Change program. Acorn will partner with Chicago-based non-profit, Equip for Equality, to provide hosting and preservation of documents related to several cases of disability discrimination.
“Our involvement in Justice for Change has allowed us the opportunity to positively impact racial and social justice in our communities,” said Lia Majid, CEO at Acorn Legal Solutions. “We are proud to continue our commitment to expanding access to justice and are excited to establish a partnership with Equip for Equality which is such a prestigious, well-known Chicago-based non-profit.”
Relativity’s Justice for Change program focuses on increasing access to justice by providing free use of its cloud-based e-discovery product, RelativityOne, to organizations tackling legal cases and academic and policy research related to racial and social justice. Specifically, Justice for Change has allocated 100TB of RelativityOne data to be used on pro bono projects led by customers or nonprofit organizations. Acorn first joined Relativity’s Justice for Change program as a Hosting Partner in November 2022, and has now deepened its involvement through supporting four total grant recipient organizations in their use of RelativityOne.
Through the Justice for Change hosting partnership, Acorn is committed to the continuous pursuit of justice through great pro bono work and building important connections with Equip for Equality. Established in 1985, Equip for Equality administers the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for Illinois, representing clients that have been victims of disability-based discrimination, in violation of the Americans with Disability Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act.
“We are excited for the opportunity to do pro bono work with Acorn and be able to assist our clients with preserving their personal data and collecting data from their defendants,” said Paul W. Mollica, Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality. “We are grateful that Acorn and Relativity provide eDiscovery pro bono support, especially for clients with disabilities whose rights have been violated.”
Equip for Equality will utilize RelativityOne’s hosting and production capabilities to store relevant data from a variety of sources, including intake platforms, phones, tablets, laptops, and social media data. They will also work with Acorn to collect data from their defendants to review and redact any superfluous data for larger cases. These functions will assist Equip for Equality in proving their clients’ cases and providing the proper documents to be used as evidence in court.
“This partnership between Acorn and Equip for Equality is reflective of Chicago’s community-wide commitment, and responsibility to, improving accessibility,” said Jaclyn Sattler, Strategy and Business Operations Manager at Relativity. “Acorn’s expertise as a Justice for Change Hosting Partner will aid Equip for Equality in their legal proceedings around eliminating barriers affecting people with disabilities and we are excited to support the collaboration between these organizations.”
Organizations, including current Relativity customers, doing legal work on behalf of racial justice that would benefit from software to help them organize and search documents and build out a case narrative can apply for free use of our cloud-based e-discovery product, RelativityOne. To learn more, visit: https://www.relativity.com/company/giving-back/justice-for-change/.
Acorn is a legal data consulting firm that specializes in AI and Advanced Analytics for litigation applications, while providing rigorous customer service to the eDiscovery industry. Although capable of serving AmLaw 100 Law Firms and Corporate Legal departments, Acorn primarily works with large regional, midsize national and boutique litigation firms. Acorn provides high-touch, customized litigation support services with a heavy emphasis on seamless communications.
About Equip for Equality
Established in 1985, the mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities in Illinois. Equip for Equality is a private not-for-profit legal advocacy organization designated by the Governor to operate the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities. For more information about Equip for Equality, go to www.equipforequality.org.
Relativity makes software to help users organize data, discover the truth and act on it. Its SaaS product, RelativityOne, manages large volumes of data and quickly identifies key issues during litigation and internal investigations. Relativity has more than 300,000 users in approximately 40 countries serving thousands of organizations globally primarily in legal, financial services and government sectors, including the U.S. Department of Justice and 198 of the Am Law 200. Please contact Relativity at email@example.com or visit www.relativity.com for more information.