About

Muciri is a practice that prides itself on offering high-quality, thoughtful, and international legal services to everyday and underserved people at affordable rates.

Committed to advancing individual freedom in the digital age, Muciri Law is a solo practice that helps a small collection of clients all over the world tackle new challenges and injustices resulting from the evolving uses of data and technology.

Muciri welcomes challenging cases and is excited about work that conventional law firms turn away. The firm is client-focused, cost-sensitive, and passionate about getting clients the results that they seek. Clients and their goals and needs have led Muciri’s work from day one and determine the firm’s priorities at all times.

We offer our services on a sliding scale based on monthly income so our clients can have high-quality representation and their day in court without breaking the bank. This means that for most clients, our services are capped at a monthly rate and our contingency rates are also scaled to ensure legal costs do not undermine the value of your reward. We remain flexible to protect our clients’ financial peace of mind.

Mission

To advance individual freedom in the digital economy by providing thoughtful, high-quality, and affordable, international technology law services to under-represented individuals and small businesses

Values

Muciri is a nonpartisan firm grounded in the principles of democracy, equal justice, educational equity, and the rule of law.

Vision

A future where technology empowers, includes, and liberates everyone fully and equally and where free, equitable, open, and transparent markets are driven by small business

Sole Practitioner

Lakshmi Gopal

Founder/Sole Practitioner

Passionate, in equal parts, about individual freedom and emerging technology, Lakshmi established Muciri in 2020 to offer focused, independent, and accessible representation on the side of people against harmful uses of technology.

Lakshmi is excited to be a part of a small but growing group of young lawyers taking advantage of technology to experiment with new ways of offering legal services that are flexible, creative, accessible, and more affordable.

Lakshmi recieved a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was awarded the S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award for scholastic excellence in the fields of constitutional and international law. You can learn more about her professional experience and qualifications here.

Researcher Team

Karoline Schneeweiß

Legal Researcher

Karoline is a fourth-year law student at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Since beginning her studies in 2017, she has been pursuing an interest in international law. This interest led to her participation in the Skadden Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court in 2019. Those first successful experiences have encouraged Karoline to seek out further opportunities to deepen her studies in foreign and international law.

Robert Richter

Legal Researcher

Robert is a student of law at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), where he has been enrolled as an LL.M. student in the Business Law and Economic Law program since 2020. He was a participant in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Why “Muciri”? (Mu-chi-ri//മുചിറി//முசிறி/Muziris)

Muciri is a reminder of the power of human tastes and preferences.

Muciri is the Malayalam name for an ancient port central to the Spice Routes that dominated international trade from as early as the First Century AD. While the port’s exact location is unknown, Muciri is said to have been located somewhere in modern-day Kerala, along the Malabar Coast.

At the height of the Spice Trade, the Malabar Coast was world-renowned for its Black Pepper. Of all the spices, Black Pepper was the most coveted. The taste for black pepper and belief in its medicinal value transformed Muciri into a powerful center for global trade and brought boats filled with pearls, diamonds, sapphires, ivory, silk, gold coins, and other exotic goods to Kerala’s coast–making Muciri amongst the world’s most powerful centers for global trade.

Muciri enjoyed this global prominence, isolated from and unconcerned about the events and ideas in far away lands. Meanwhile, at the world’s erstwhile margins in Europe, Venetian traders (using West Asian traders as middle-men) established monopolies in Black Pepper and set exorbitant and prohibitive prices for the sought-after spice.

It is well-known that this Pepper Monopoly triggered the European Age of Discovery as it sent numerous explorers in search of alternative routes to India. These explorations led to an explosion of activities, good, bad, and bloody, that transformed the face of the world, as we know it. And Muciri was pushed from the center of the world to its margins–and its inhabitants became increasingly marginalized–as European power expanded across the globe.

The name Muciri invokes valuable lessons from prior eras of globalization. It reminds us of the importance of being curious and engaged with the world beyond our borders. It reminds us that, oddly enough, pepper was once a coveted spice. The name invokes histories past and reminds us that nothing is inevitable, permanent, unflappable. The name also forces us to think about what we “have a taste for” today and what kind of future our present-day tastes might unleash. More radically, the name asks whether we improve upon the past by building tastes and preferences today that will ensure a better future for us all tomorrow.