Francesca Little is a Venezuelan-American law student at Stetson University College of Law, graduating with a JD in May 2023. She is focused on the intersection between legal technology and access to justice. Her main motivation for attending law school and developing legal tech initiatives is to help others. As such, she strives to promote legal tech solutions that will expand access to important information and legal assistance for underserved groups.
Francesca is well-versed in the document automation and legal technology fields.
During her time at Stetson Law, Francesca Little was a member of the Social Justice Advocacy (SJA) concentration, was a Stetson Law Ambassador voted Ambassador of the Month for March 2023, participated in her school’s Immigration Clinic, and was President of both the Hispanic Bar Association (HBA) and Immigration Law Student Association (ILSA) for the 2022-2023 school year. In April 2023, under her leadership, the Hispanic Bar Association (HBA) student organization was awarded Best Organization of the Year. Within her HBA/ILSA presidency, she facilitated various socio-cultural events, networking activities, mentorship programs, and pro bono opportunities.
Francesca’s various leadership, work, and pro bono activities all helped to forge a spirit of service she hopes to utilize to promote positive impact projects.
Below, Francesca answers some questions about her experience in the legal and legal technology fields:
Document Automation Experience
During her 1L summer in 2021, Francesca was an Access to Justice (A2J) Legal Tech fellow for Bay Area Legal Services (BALS), a nonprofit legal aid organization located in Tampa, Florida. Afterward, she was offered a temporary work contract to return as their first Legal Tech Intern until her graduation in May 2023. Through her work at Bay Area Legal Services (BALS), Francesca has obtained knowledge and skills related to document automation.
While at Bay Area Legal Services (BALS), she assisted in document automation work related to a Technology Innovation Grant (TIG) project to help enhance internal processes and forms as well as an automated funds request form for the recently launched FosterPower website and app.
Document Automation Process
Francesca’s process includes working directly with her clients to ascertain their main automation and process improvement goals. She wishes to talk to each client and actively listen so that she can learn what project(s) they wish to automate and why. To her, this is vital so that she can see how best to help them approach process improvement in their own firm workflows and what advice in approach and workflow creation she might have for them in terms of meeting their end goal(s) whilst still taking the end-user side into consideration.
What Francesca Believes are Most Important in a Document Automation Specialist
Listen to the client, their wants, their needs, and what processes they would like to enhance.
It is important to always maintain the overall objective in mind above all else.
Francesca's Proudest Moment
My proudest legal tech-related moment was getting the opportunity to assist Bay Area Legal Services (BALS) with creating a document automation workflow related to the launch of their FosterPower website and application. FosterPower is a wonderful endeavor that seeks to empower foster persons by increasing access to important information, vital resources, and providing answers to frequently asked questions.
What do you do for fun?
In my spare time, I like to plan social gatherings, try out new recipes to share with family & friends, play basketball, and am an anime, marvel movie, and rom-com enthusiast.
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