Margaret Hagan came to the fellows program with a PhD in Politics and International Studies from Queens University in Belfast and a law degree from Stanford, and arrived eager to continue her work marrying design thinking and law. The fellowship was not Margaret’s first experience at the d.school. During her time as a law student, she took several classes, including the startup intensive “LaunchPad”. Margaret has been featured in a variety of publications, including the ABA Journal, and is widely recognized in the legal community for her groundbreaking work integrating law and design.
The project: A program for legal tech and design
Margaret is creating a curriculum that gives students, teachers and working professionals both the space and the tools to apply design thinking to law. This year, she has taught three d.school classes meant to generate and curate new ideas to solve legal problems, including end-of-life planning, terms-of-service agreements and plea agreements for people charged with crimes. She also led a workshop on immigration, in addition to the variety of speaking engagements, learning sessions and consulting work she undertook over the course of the fellowship. Margaret has amassed a portfolio of design work and built the framework for a legal design lab. She’s now working to develop three legal tools: one that will help juveniles make it to court appearances on time; and two others that will allow self-help centers in California better index resources for their resident legal experts, making legal form discovery and completion more interactive and intuitive for those seeking assistance.
Next year, Margaret will be a fellow at Stanford’s Center on the Legal Profession. She seeks to create a law design laboratory at Stanford Law School to continue the work of developing new tools to make the law more accessible. She’s also writing a book, to provide a practical resource to demystify the human-centered design process for lawyers.
Margaret is a 2013-2014 d.school fellow and can be found at @margarethagan.