Back to the Future ... Lawline's Future: Lawline’s Five Year Time Capsule

October 25, 2017

When I sat down to write about Lawline’s opening of its five year time capsule, I needed some tunes to ensure I captured the moment just right. Cue epic theme song ...



The music invoked memories of that fateful day on September 30, 2012. Past Lawliners sitting together in our old conference room - scribbling prophecies and questions for our future selves. Predictions varied from Lawline becoming internationally renowned educational providers to Occupy Wall Street creating a permanent residence in Zuccotti park. Questions ranged from whether Lawline moved locations to whether the Cubs won the words series as predicted in Back to the Future Part 2. Also, words were not the only thing uncovered in the time capsule. Memorabilia was scattered throughout, including old business cards, maps, and even a name tag belonging to the late, but never forgotten, Lawline Cactus (aka “Kurazy”).

Sitting in the future, things have changed quite significantly in the past five years. We did, indeed, move offices while our current office was being renovated and then moved again into our sparkling new space and studio. Although the Occupy Wall street movement no longer resides at Zuccotti park, the park’s trees twinkle with new lighting and there are even more delicious food trucks to choose from. Oh and the Cubs did win the world series - albeit a year later than Doc and Marty predicted … and against Cleveland instead of Miami.

But don’t take my word for it. There are still a few founding members of the time capsule besides myself that are still at Lawline today. When asked to share their thoughts (below), their words flowed like a “new” blues riff through the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance:

  • New office space and studio, transformed CLE content, updated website, new app, and a new NY deadline checker tool! - David Schnurman (CEO)
  • The biggest Lawline change that I could not have expected in 2012 is our "Work from Home Wednesdays", which we launched approximately 2 years ago and have not looked back since. - Michele Richman (VP of Business Operations)
  • For me it would be the sheer number of programs we produce, and the consistent strength thereof. - Micah Bochart (Chief Video Producer)
  • A whole new office! A Lawline App! - Ann Joseph (Office Ambassador)
  • The launch of the Lawline app, the overhaul of our entire website, and the way we've become so organized and methodical in planning out our content for the year! - Meredith Cohen (Director of Accreditation)

So there you have it - but the time capsule doesn’t stop here. We’re preparing for a second five year time capsule to close in the coming weeks. As we anticipate it’s opening in 2022, we’re an even more inspired team driven to grow Lawline more than ever before. In the wise words of Dr. Emmett L. Brown, “Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.


Author Bio

Written by Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Vice President of Content and a member of’s Executive Team. Sigalle provides business strategy and leadership to the company and directly manages Lawline’s accreditation, programming and production operations. Sigalle also analyzes market trends and applies insights to develop and execute written and video content including online educational programming, email marketing, social media campaigns, press releases, blog articles and large scale live events. Sigalle graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in English. She received her J.D. in 2010 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Sigalle is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is also an active member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), and is the former Chair of ACLEA’s Programming Special Interest Group (2013 – 2015) and National Provider Special Interest Group (2015 - 2017). Before joining Lawline in March 2012, Sigalle litigated civil claims in areas such as landlord tenant, breach of contract and tax lien and mortgage foreclosures actions. She also handled transactional matters such as drafting residential and commercial leases, demand letters, and client conflict waivers. Sigalle is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, asking questions and all things food. She is also fluent in Hebrew and enjoys writing fiction, traveling and scuba diving.


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