Attorneys Swim with Sharks at the Inaugural TOJI Pitch Event

TOJI-participating attorney Alex Shahrestani fields questions from volunteer “Sharks” Mario Humberto Cantú, Michael Curran, Sharon Sandle, and Joshua Weaver.

On the TV reality show Shark Tank, contestants present business models to industry giants (“Sharks”) in hopes of obtaining investment support. The Sharks present at the Texas Law Center on June 21 heard business pitches from the participating attorneys of the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator in an event inspired by the television show, with the aim of providing the TOJI attorneys with critical and experienced insight into building sustainable practices that will meet their professional goals while serving low- to moderate-income clients.

Each attorney had 30 minutes to present prepared material, field questions, and receive feedback from the Sharks. From a variety of backgrounds and with a diversity of goals, the TOJI attorneys shared topics such as the missions and visions of their firms, business challenges they have faced, and ways in which their firms demonstrate innovation. The Sharks listened, asked questions, and offered feedback from their own expertise on matters such as access to justice and the sustainability of the firms’ models. The Sharks were given the opportunity to award imaginary grants to support the practice models presented or to show support for areas of particular potential growth and success.

The Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator partners with expert volunteers in the Texas legal community to provide training and resources to new lawyers and to assist them in building sustainable practices that can effectively serve low- and moderate-income Texans.  

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