Alma Asay: Women of Legal Tech: Sofia Lingos Talks Making Waves By Empowering Others

Extract from Alma Asay’s article “Women of Legal Tech: Sofia Lingos Talks Making Waves By Empowering Others”

There’s a shortage of women in science, technology, engineering and math. But within the legal tech community, there are many women with thriving careers. Legaltech News presents our latest “STEM Cell” profile, where Alma Asay recently interviewed Sofia Lingos, managing attorney at Trident Legal and professor at Northeastern University School of Law. This profile is a continuation of the Women of Legal Tech series originally published by Editor Monica Bay “in order to inspire girls, women (and men).”

Between April and the end of June 2021, we’ll feature six 2015 honorees on the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center’s “Women of Legal Tech” list. This was the inaugural year of the list and featured a tremendous group of women, who are now part of a six-year (and counting!) tradition of honoring women in legal tech. 2015 was also the year that Monica Bay retired from ALM and so it seems fitting that we pick up where she left off.

Legaltech News: What’s your name and title?

Sofia Lingos, managing attorney of Trident Legal. On Tuesdays, you can call me professor, as I teach Law Practice Management and Access to Justice at Northeastern University School of Law.

Often, those new to the industry wonder how to get their work recognized. To the extent you know, how did you come to be named among the inaugural LTRC Women of Legal Tech in 2015?

In law school I realized that there was an extreme access to justice issue and became passionate about devising a way to do things differently. I founded my own law firm to deliver legal services to small businesses and start-ups leveraging technology to ensure efficiency and accuracy. I knew that my ripple would not be enough, so I created a law school course, which I have been teaching for over 10 years now, on Law Practice Management and Access to Justice.

I believe the best way to make a wave is to empower others. Additionally, I speak and write on the topics of legal tech, entrepreneurship, and practice management. Through these, I met Heidi Alexander the WOLT list’s founder. Being actively involved and showing people your passion is a great way to get recognized.

On that note, please give a shout-out to a future LTRC Woman of Legal Tech—someone who, currently, has been in the industry for fewer than ten years?

Alicia Aquino (LinkedIn). I had the pleasure of working with Alicia this year on the Women of Legal Tech Summit. She was the woman behind the scenes responsible for the seamless execution of the virtual conference. She is the founder of Aquino Trial Services and is passionate about online courtroom advocacy.

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