As published by Yahoo Finance
Gianna Scatchell and Adam Codilis, 2009 graduates of The John Marshall Law School, are launching a mobile app in Chicago this summer that helps attorneys find other lawyers in their area to cover their court appearances when they cannot attend.
“As a solo practitioner, you are wearing several different hats – the emails and phone calls don’t answer themselves, and often you have to be in two places at once,” Scatchell said.
Scatchell developed her start-up app, Run the Call, out of personal frustration. As a solo practitioner, she wanted a way to connect with other legal professionals who could provide coverage for her court appearances when she could not be in two places at once.
Run the Call also features on-demand scheduling; access to prescreened licensed attorneys; and a flat-fee, fixed-pricing model. Scatchell hopes that these features will make the app stand out among any competing services.
In order to use the app, a user must choose their courthouse or division, confirm the date and time of services needed and clarify any special instructions or details about the case. The app also allows the user to scan and upload any relevant documents that might be needed by the “covering attorney.” When choosing a covering attorney, the app allows the user to view professional profiles and engage in real-time messaging. At the end of each court call, the user will receive a confirmation summary, including attachments of any filed documents and the date of their next hearing.
Scatchell received her J.D. in 2009 and her LL.M. in International Business & Trade Law in 2012, both from John Marshall. Currently, Scatchell is working on her second LL.M. in Information Technology & Privacy Law (also from John Marshall). Scatchell independently started her law firm, Law Offices of Gianna Scatchell, dedicated to matters sounding in internet law, intellectual property, and privacy-based transactional and litigation work. Moreover, Scatchell counsels law enforcement agencies and schools addressing the unique challenges that technology causes in terms of privacy, compliance, online bullying and criminal behavior.
Codilis received his J.D. in 2009 from John Marshall. Since then, Codilis has been working at Codilis & Associates, P.C., a real estate law firm concentrating in creditor’s rights, mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, litigation and REO and real estate transactions. Codilis currently serves as Vice President of their Illinois law practice Codilis & Associates, P.C. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Legal League 100 and was appointed to be on the Membership Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. In his free time, Codilis enjoys investing in real estate and volunteering his time as a board member of the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.