Kristen Sonday


Kristen Sonday is the co-founder and CEO of Paladin, whose mission is to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs. In her role, she works with AmLaw250 firms, Fortune 500s, bar associations, and legal services organizations to increase pro bono engagement while decreasing administrative costs. In addition, Kristen currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council, working to highlight the value of legal aid in the United States.

Prior to Paladin, Kristen worked on international criminal matters for the U.S. Department of Justice and served on the founding team of a New York City-based tech start-up. As a result of her work to close the justice gap, she has been named an ILTA Influential Woman in LegalTech, ABA Woman in Legal Tech to Watch, ABA Journal Legal Rebel, and FastCase50 honoree. Lastly, Kristen also served as a Code2040 Entrepreneur-in-Residence, supporting Black and Latinx founders, and is a Founding Partner at LongJump, a venture capital fund investing in diverse founders in Chicago.

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