Research Team

We are a dedicated community of research scientists, students, and faculty

committed to effecting social justice through the development of legal technology.


Leadership Team



Joseph Avery, J.D., M.A.

Joseph Avery is the Founding President of CL+SJ. He holds a law degree from Columbia University and currently is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow at Princeton University.

WhatsApp Image 2018-11-29 at 10.56.10.jpeg


Vinícius Pantoja, MSc.

Vinícius Pantoja is the Founding Vice President of CL+SJ. He holds a M.A. from EPGE-FGV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently is Chief of Innovation at Nexo Artificial Intelligence.



Cassandra Emmons, M.A.

Cassandra Emmons is a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton’s Department of Politics, where she studies international relations, international and comparative constitutional law, and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on the design and function of international organizations. Her dissertation explores how legacies of democratic transitions and transgressions shape a regional international organization's toolkit for democracy enforcement, and questions when and how these organizations can effectively defend democracy in their member states post-accession. Cassandra's research is currently supported by the Princeton University Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars and the Center for International Security Studies (CISS) (AY 2018-19). At Princeton, she is a Graduate Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and the European Union Program. She holds an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University (2016) and a B.A., magna cum laude, with honors in both Political Science and English from Temple University in Philadelphia (2014). 

Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 1.13.38 PM.png

Chief Data Scientist

Felicia Zhang, M.A.

Felicia Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton’s Department of Psychology, where she is part of the Princeton Baby Lab. She is interested in the development of human cognition. Specifically, she uses eye tracking to investigate how infants learn to make predictions and what happens when those predictions are wrong (i.e. an opportune learning moment). Prior to Princeton, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Psychology. During her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts while cooking, trying obscure ice cream flavors, and watching TV shows.