Hackcess to Justice
There’s an August hackathon on Access to Justice at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Details:
Technology has taken a firm hold in the legal industry. Every day legal professionals use technology-enabled tools for discovery, litigation support, document assembly and information needs. But the promise of technology has been fleeting when it comes to the access to justice arena. Last year the Legal Services Corporation produced a seminal report outlining five key ways that technology can expand access to justice, especially through computers and mobile devices. http://www.lsc.gov/media/press-releases/summit-report-outlines-new-ways-technology-can-expand-access…
We are challenging lawyers, law students developers, coders and others interested in improving access to justice through technology to devise a technology-enabled solution to one of the five areas outlined in the LSC report at two-day, judged hackathon.
Prize money will be awarded to the top three hacks.
The ABA Journal and Suffolk University Law School are planning Hackcess to Justice 2014, an Access to Justice Hackathon, to be held Aug. 7-10 in conjunction with the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Boston.
There’s been no formal theme selected. But there’s a general consensus that the project should further access-to-justice efforts in some way.
During the hackathon, lawyers and law students will work alongside developers and graphic designers in teams. Each team will work to plan and develop a Web application or mobile app over the course of the hackathon. At the end of the hackathon, the participants and our panel of experts will rate each of the teams’ work, and a winning team will be chosen.
At this stage, we’re soliciting ideas for problems that the teams can work to resolve with a tech solution as part of the hackathon.
To submit ideas for the hackathon, please go here.
For information about becoming a partner or sponsor, contact Jill Schachner Chanen.