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Hamid is the founder of the KarmaCounsel.org website. Several years ago he had a revelation. He realized that many people were facing legal issues of great complexity while at the same time were growing unhappy with the stagnant nature of the legal industry, which favored billable hours, high fees, and no guaranteed results. Many clients expressed interest in a more ethical way of obtaining legal help that did not involve a nameless and faceless website. Hamid decided to experiment by accepting a few cases on a donation basis. The results were amazing. In these initial cases where Hamid donated his time without regard to compensation and where his clients donated what they could afford to Hamid–as opposed to having a binding contractual fee agreement–the results were always extremely positive for both the client’s case and Hamid’s practice. Cases were won, new friendships and connections were formed, and Hamid’s practice grew. Upon searching the Internet for other donation-based legal services providers, Hamid found few to none. This website is Hamid’s way of spreading the idea of donation-based legal services across the country.
When he is not changing the nature of legal services one client at a time, Hamid can be found on his yoga mat, hiking or enjoying the Arizona desert, and making a killer cup of tea.
Catherine is a Policy Director of KarmaCounsel.org. She was in business school studying the virtues of the US monetary system when the great financial collapse of 2008 occurred. This event had profound effect on her outlook—it seemed the principles listed in her economics textbooks had very different effects in practice. With this in mind, Catherine assessed three choices: she could be a part of a broken system, fight it, or… be a part of something new. Choosing the latter, she now channels her energy fostering compassionate, social enterprises. Catherine is excited to use her knowledge and experience to fashion KarmaCounsel.org’s business model into one that incorporates social responsibility and community outreach.
In her spare time, Catherine enjoys learning about Buddhism and microfinance. She is currently serving as a volunteer in Nepal; as such, she is desperately trying to build her tolerance of spicy food so she can properly appreciate Tibetan momos.