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Welcome to Erik Dodge, our Newest Senior Software Engineer!

Erik, we’re thrilled to have you on board! Tell us about your background.

I’m a senior engineer with experience at large corporations and startups. I’ve written code responsible for billions of dollars of revenue and created projects to make housing violations more transparent. Outside of work, I am a leader of Code for Nebraska, a local Code for America Brigade and I have served on the National Advisory Council for Code for America. I’m most proud of my projects aimed at helping people protect themselves from eviction during the pandemic and to make housing issues more transparent.

What drew you to Paladin?

Paladin’s mission was the biggest draw for me. I’m thrilled that my work can make it easier to provide legal assistance to people that really need it.

Why is access to justice important to you?

When people are pulled into the justice system, it has the potential to be one of the most impactful events of their life. Making sure the outcome is driven by the facts of the case, and not by their ability to access proper representation has the potential to have a profound impact on that person’s life and the lives of their loved ones.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Paladin’s products and technology?

Being so early in this space, Paladin has the opportunity to drive the focus of pro bono legal technology well into the future.

Desert island: one album, one book, one movie.

Book: Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Album: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve by Bowling for Soup

Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

I’m most looking forward to the chance to work toward such a positive mission. I’ve had a lot of great opportunities in my career, but this is something new and very exciting for me.

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Kristen Sonday

Kristen Sonday

Co-Founder, CEO @JoinPaladin. Partner @LongJump. World traveller. Wine and chocolate lover.