Check out profiles of some of our outstanding students, who bring a wide array of interests and experiences to The Law Lab. 

Cody Peaslee

Legal Innovation + Technology Certificate, Class of 2018

Cody was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He graduated from Carthage College where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Political Science and Criminal Justice. While at Carthage, he was a member of the golf team and co-captain of his mock trial team. In his free time, Cody enjoys going to the gym, golfing, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Cody is fascinated by technology and how it is shaping the future. He is interested in how legal innovation and technology are creating and refining processes that deliver superior services and experiences to clients. Specifically, Cody is interested in how blockchain technology can help build more efficient systems, decrease cost, and help increase access to legal and financial services. Cody’s passion for technology and desire to learn new things has been cultivated through his involvement with The Law Lab as a Certificate student. Cody cites Legal Analytics, Justice + Technology Practicum, Legal Project Management + Process Improvement, and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Law as important classes that have helped shape his career plans. 

After graduation, Cody will begin his career as a Legal Product Associate at Fulcrum GT. Cody is excited to continue building on the skills he has gained through his involvement with The Law Lab. At Fulcrum GT, Cody will begin working in the Fulcrum Labs program where he aims to establish and apply legal process improvement techniques, tools, and standards to technology projects across multiple teams. 

Jun Qiu

Law Lab Fellow, Class of 2018

Jun was born and raised in China, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She also has an M.S. degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She became a licensed CPA in Illinois and an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK. With that business and financial background, Jun primarily focused her law school courses and work opportunities on transactional areas, such as corporate and tax law, until she discovered her interest in legal innovation and technology during ABA Techshow 2017.

Jun has a broad interest in legal innovation and technology, with special attention to access to justice and legal process improvement. Working in The Law Lab has allowed her to quickly get familiar with different types of technologies and new developments in this field. It has also offered Jun many opportunities to network with industry leaders and experts as well as to present in front of them. Jun also serves as the President of Law Firm Management Society (2017-2018), where Professor Dan Katz serves as the faculty advisor, to promote the importance of legal innovation and technology and educate students on essential skills to succeed in the legal profession. 

Jun cites Legal Analytics and Legal Project Management + Legal Process Improvement as two classes in particular that have equipped her with not only the necessary knowledge and skills but also the mindset of how to practice law more effectively. She constantly thinks about visualizing results and cutting waste, which has helped Jun stand out among her peers. 

Taking advantage of the ample resources offered by The Law Lab and Chicago-Kent, Jun has researched global legal innovation, worked on a project to automate and streamline processes in eviction cases, and worked on a criminal justice project in collaboration with the American Bar Association and the IIT Institute of Design. Jun has also assisted in organizing the Fin(Legal)Tech Conference and the Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup. Jun's impressive law school journey has led her to be recognized as one of National Jurist’s 20 “Law Students of the Year” and a dream job post-graduation at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

You can learn more about Jun by checking out her Chicago-Kent student profile


Legal Innovation + Technology Certificate, Class of 2019

Artie Surratt is a rising 3L certificate student in The Law Lab. He has a B.S. in Economics from Northern Illinois University. Prior to attending Northern Illinois University, he served four years in the United States Navy as a Signals Intelligence Analyst.

His interest in legal innovation and technology comes from his experience in both signals intelligence and economics, two fields that are about using data to tell a story and trying to make a prediction based on the data. When he decided to attend law school, Artie had an idea that these skills could be useful for his future career as a lawyer. Through the programs and courses offered by The Law Lab and the Legal Innovation + Technology Certificate, he has learned the demand for quantitatively trained attorneys is on the rise.

Artie’s favorite courses have been Legal Analytics and Practice and Professionalism. In Legal Analytics, he learned how to work with data sets using the R programming language. Practice and Professionalism brought in practicing attorneys to share how technology and innovation are important to their practice. For Artie, it showed that the training received through the Certificate Program is important to employers.

This summer, he will be working at Reed Smith as a Legal Technology Summer Associate.