Legal Innovation & Technology Lab@ Suffolk Law School
A rundown of recent events hosted/co-hosted by the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab.
Coding for Lawyers (C4L) Summit
April 10, 2018. A number of law schools have begun to offer "coding for lawyers" (or CS for lawyers) courses to students. This invite-only summit will convene C4L professors/instructors to explore the purposes, methods, and future of these courses, with an overarching goal of being descriptive, rather than prescriptive. Specifically, rather than ask "should lawyers learn to code?," this summit will ask why instructors are teaching lawyers and law students how to code, and the pros/cons of various approaches. The first summit will be hosted at the Suffolk Legal Innovation and Technology Lab directly following Suffolk's Clinnovation conference. The output of the summit will include: (1) a survey of programs; (2) a path forward with working groups; and (3) next steps for future summits (to be held each six months with a traveling component). Over time, our intent is for the community of instructors to grow and to produce free, open-source resources for schools around the world to teach coding for lawyers.
Clinnovation: Where Legal Innovation Meets Clinical Pedagogy
April 9, 2018. The upcoming Suffolk Clinnovation conference in Boston will highlight work in legal innovation and technology (LIT) as applied in a clinical legal practice setting. If you would like to present a rapid-fire talk (LIT Bit) or a standard poster presentation, please reply to this open call. If you are unfamiliar with rapid-fire talks, they are are a presentation format in which speakers prepare a set number of slides which advance automatically at regular intervals to produce a short energetic presentation of definite length. See e.g., Ignite Talks and PechaKucha. If your submission is chosen, you will be asked to put together a presentation with 20 slides where each slide stays visible for 15 seconds (making for a 5 min long presentation).
Clinnovation Website | Open Call for Rapid-Fire Talks (LIT Bits) & Poster Presentations
Global Legal Hackathon
February 23-25, 2018. Bringing the legal industry together with tech and innovation, world-wide, with one purpose: Rapid development of solutions for improving the legal industry world-wide. The Global Legal Hackathon engages law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments, and service providers to the legal industry – across the globe. It will bring together the best thinkers, doers and practitioners in law in support of a unified vision: rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry, world-wide. And the LIT Lab will be hosting the Boston branch.
Global Legal Hackathon Homepage