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Welcome to my portfolio page.  I am a lawyer & a designer who is currently based at Stanford University.  I am the Director of the Legal Design Lab, hosted at Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. I am also a lecturer at the Stanford d.school.

My work focuses on bringing design into the world of law, to create a new generation of accessible, engaging legal services.  I work on several types of design — communication design, product design, and organization design, to push for more experimentation in the legal sector & a human-centered approach.

This site houses examples of some of my work, primarily in legal design & research.  I don’t update it much: for more & more current materials from my work, come visit some of my other websites.

Rituals for Work: my book with Kursat Ozenc on how to work better — to build better teams, work with more creativity + flow, and deal with conflicts and negative emotions at work

Open Law Lab: my site documenting what legal design is & what is going on in legal innovation

Legal Design Lab: my Stanford-based project, running events, classes, workshops & tech projects on legal design and innovation

Razblint: My drawings & sketches, not necessarily law related (often not)

Law Dojo: A law game app that I’ve designed and built, available for iOS & Android too

There are 27 comments.

  1. Hi Margaret,
    I think you’d be interested in some of the work we’re doing (software development and research) at the OpenGov Foundation. Would you have time to chat? Shoot me an email or give me a ring if you can: 202-699-1902.

    Cheers,
    Seamus

    • I just saw this buried in my Comments filter! Sorry it has taken almost 7 months to respond. I’d love to talk! Is it still okay?

  2. Hello
    Saw the article about you looking to combine drawing/design and law.
    My first two college degrees are a BA in Architecture and a BFA in Industrial Design. I have always applied the design process I learned 30 plus years ago to business practices and my legal practice. (I went back to law school when I was 40.)
    I have tried using flow charts and drawings to help clients visualize the path that their case might take. I have tried drawing out decision trees as well.
    I am very interested in your project, and would help if there was something that I could assist you with. Not sure what that would be exactly, but you never know.
    So you now have my contact information. Let me know how your project progresses.
    I think it’s an interesting an challenging effort.
    Good luck.

    • I’d love to talk to you — especially about being a creative lawyer, and integrating visuals into your work. Would it be okay if we talked soon?

  3. Margaret, Your evidence flowcharts have helped me so much! Thank you! My professor only allows us to have handwritten notes in our FRE book – your charts are so helpful I took the time to hand draw them in to the blank pages in the back of my book! Keep up the amazing work!

  4. Dear Margaret,

    Thank you for an insightful meeting on Law and Design Thinking. Great tips on creative workshops and their significance in shaping better cultures in organizational cultures and innovative products and services. Thanks!

    • Hi! Sorry I missed this message, it got stuck in a spam filter. Feel free to write me an email at margaret [at] margarethagan [dot] com !

  5. Hi Margaret!
    I’m a law school grad turned UX designer. I searched for ‘Law and UX design’ one day and found your website. I love your idea of “legal design.” I’d be interested to get involved with legal services-related design projects. Hope to hear from you!

  6. Hi Margaret,

    Judge Ann Aiken asked me to reach out to you concerning my reentry smartphone application for help improving on the intuitive and design features of the product. Please contact me when convenient by email or 970-240-8878.

    Thanks

  7. Dear Margaret,

    I am the General Counsel for DBS Bank, which is based in Singapore (www.dbs.com). As a Bank, we have invested, and continue to invest, in resources on human centered design solutions and simplified processes. Our strategic priorities center around (i) embracing the digital word; (ii) embedding ourselves in the customer journey; and (iii) truly living our corporate values. I am trying to lead the charge on simplifying legal documentation and making Legal & Compliance joyful — in line our Bank’s principal purpose of Making Banking Joyful.

    Would love to hear your ideas and be able to work with you.

    Kind regards,

    Sue Lynn

  8. Hi Margaret,

    I stumbled across your site whilst researching an idea regarding the concept of open law. I am a UK based solicitor.

    Please email me at edwinabowles@gmail.com, as I would love to run something by you.

    Thanks in advance.

    Edie

  9. Hi Margaret,

    My name is Ava, the founder of “The Picture Book People”. I’m an Australian lawyer & illustrator, currently living in Los Angeles. I’m very interested in collaborating with you – is email the best way to get in touch with you?

    Love your work and I look forward to speak with you soon!

    Cheers

    Ava

  10. Hi Margaret!

    I am currently studying for evidence and came across your AMAZING and gorgeous flow charts. They are so unbelievably helpful! I used to teach high schoolers and have a visual brain so i’ve started making creative ways to study and it has been life changing. I really appreciate you making these public and will continue to track what you’re doing. So impressed with you! Usually law students just have notes on notes on notes and IT’S SO BORING. Your style is way better.

    Thanks again!
    Arielle

  11. Hi Magaret,
    I’m developing a criminal law hackathon for youth in the Greater Toronto Area, and I’d love to use the model that the Legal Design Lab used for its criminal law hackathon as a template. Please let me know if you would consider sharing it.
    Thank you!

  12. Hello Margaret,
    I’m not sure if you’re still checking the comments section here or replying but I couldn’t find an email address to contact you directly. I am a law librarian at a county law library in Florida. I teach a class about online resources for first year law students to help them study and was interested in including a link to lawdojo in my presentation. Would this be okay? If so, could you please email me. Thanks very much.

  13. My colleague and I spent years training healthcare workers in using ritual to help older adults make the transition from independent livhng to assisted living. Will gladly send you a copy of our guidebook (it’s not in digial form). We’ve had many articles published, one about the transition when the time comes to give up car keys was published in Spirituality and Health.
    Hope to hear from you.
    Marsha Weiner

  14. hey, i´m a law student in Brazil, i sent to you an e-mail talking about an project, can we talk more? respectfully, Mateus Marques

  15. Hello Dear Margaret
    my name and ademir piccoli am lawyer and consultant specialized in legal computing, author of the newly launched Exponential Judiciary book. I would like to invite you to speak at an event here in Brazil in the week of June 10, 2019 in an event for all the managers of the courts of Justice of Brazil. Innovation will be one of the main subjects and we would love it if you could talk about Legal Design. I remain at your disposal for further clarification.
    Best regards

  16. Margaret is it ok for me to use a couple of you
    How to run better Zoom meetingsslides (screen shots) ? I feel like our pro bono crew is fatigued from work then with volunteering. If there is an official deck that you want to share, even better.

  17. Hi, I’m a law student in Brazil, i sent to you an e-mail to learn more about legal design. Can you help me?

    Best Regards, Luciana Zylberberg

  18. Hello Margareth,
    I´m Gabrielle Leiner, a professor teacher here in south Brazil.
    I get in touch to tell you, that basesd on you sheets and works we build an Laboratory for Developing news Laws Designs. I called LPL – Laboratorio de Planejamento Legal.

    I enjoy so much your work.
    I teach my students about that and you are our references.
    Thanks, I wish we could get in touch

    leiner.juridico@gmail.com

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