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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Michael Gants’ mother saved his life. As a child, he suffered from a chronic illness that nearly derailed his bright future. While doctors worked to diagnose and effectively treat Michael’s rare postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, his mother used her expertise as a lawyer to advocate for Michael and ensure he’d have a recognizable and rewarding lifestyle to return to as he regained his health. Realizing his fortunate–and sadly atypical–circumstances, Michael’s own experience motivated him to create a tool for others to find the champions they desperately need.

Michael Gants, is a Harvard student and has recently launched JustiServe, an online marketplace for people to find lawyers they can afford.

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Michael Gants

Michael Gants

Michael is a junior at Harvard College. His whole life, Michael has been very sensitive to issues of fairness. So often, the world seems so random and unfair. In high school, he started a community service club that achieved recognition by Time Magazine and the Boston Globe. Most recently at Harvard, he started a company called JustiServ

JustiServ is a program that allows people to answer a few multiple choice questions about their legal problem and instantly see all the lawyers in their area who can take their case, see reviews from other clients and lawyers, and the total price the lawyer will charge to handle the person’s legal issue.

Michael aims to make JustiServ an international force for good. When people cannot afford lawyers, they do not get treated fairly. Our system is complex and made to favor those who have an advocate to guide them through it. Michael envisions a world where everyone is on an equal playing field and playing by the same rules when it comes to the law.