Jacqueline Schafer


Jacqueline Schafer is the founder and CEO of Clearbrief, a legal tech platform that instantly displays the legal and factual source documents your opponent or judge cited to right there in Word (no legal research subscription needed), and flags where the facts contradict the writing, while also building instant Table of Authorities. She is the winner of the 2021 WA State Bar Award for Legal Innovation for her work founding Clearbrief as well as her 2020 law review article, Harnessing AI for Struggling Families. Clearbrief was recently named Startup of the Year by the 2021 American Legal Technology Awards. Schafer began her career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, and spent much of her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington and Alaska Attorney General’s Offices, where she specialized in appellate practice and complex litigation. Before joining the startup world, Jacqueline also served as in-house counsel national nonprofit Casey Family Programs, where she negotiated agreements with state courts across the country and managed impact litigation. In addition to her pro bono appellate advocacy for several nonprofits in the Northwest, she serves as a founding board member of the Washington State CASA Association, a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and an advisor to the startup X4Impact. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania (where she sang with John Legend’s former a cappella group!), and cum laude from Boston University School of Law.

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