Trade secret expert Brad Newman has found a perfect balance to litigation.
Newman, a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Paul Hastings, has launched Givelocally.net, which enables people to make donations to specific, pre-screened recipients who need financial help.
He's been working on the project for more than a year.
"In litigation, you're dealing with cross-examination, contention, alleged consistencies and untruths and bad acts," Newman said. "This is sort of the way to cleanse all that."
The idea is to give people a platform to help specific people in their communities. They can then track the impact of the gifts. Newman is all about harnessing the Internet to make that process as efficient as possible.
Givelocally.net posts recipients' stories -- such as a music teacher and father of four in East Palo Alto, Calif., who's at risk of losing his home.
"My efforts are still about practicing law and doing what I do, but this is my side passion," Newman said. "I'd like to see it get huge and be in every locale in the United States and perhaps internationally. Right now I'm thrilled we're helping 10, 20, 30 people at a time."
First reported in Legal Pad, a Recorder blog.