Ideas for Using Legal Tech to Address Access to Justice Issues

Date: 6/19/19

The Access to Justice Gap is a well-documented and enormously important problem for the entire justice system in the United States.  It is also an opportunity for law schools to teach students about specific areas of law using technological tools that will give them real-world experience.  Automating a legal process requires a deep dive into the underlying law, a consideration of the ethics of providing legal assistance through an online, unsupervised medium and a way for students to learn first hand how automation will affect the practice of law into the future.

In this webinar, Laura Norris will present a case study of her work with the Empathy Hackathon where law students, social justice advocates and programmers were brought together to focus on the “Second Chance Gap” – specifically how post-conviction folks could gain restoration of voting rights, criminal record expungement and/or downgrade of past convictions using tech tools. She is working on a Social Justice Hackathon for this fall.

John Mayer will cover the explosion of tech tools that are available for law schools to automate legal processes as student projects with specific focus on A2J Author which was developed by CALI and has been used by 20 law school courses and it has been used to automate over 1000 court forms and processes.  Over 5 million people have used A2J Author to address their own legal problem.

This is a win-win-win – students get 21st-century law practice skills, pro ses get help with their legal problem and maybe the Access to Justice Gap gets a little smaller.

Click here to watch this webinar on-demand. You will be asked for your contact information before viewing.

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Panelists

 

Laura Lee Norris
As a former tech executive, Laura Lee Norris is committed to training law students for careers in technology companies and the firms that support them.  Laura is founding Director of Santa Clara Law’s innovative Tech Edge J.D. program and Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, and an Associate Clinical Professor.  The Tech Edge J.D. is a certificate program being piloted in 2018, designed to prepare law students for practice in technology-related industries.  The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, formed in 2013, uses 2L and 3L students to provide free legal services and workshops to the Silicon Valley’s vibrant entrepreneurial community.  Laura also teaches two entrepreneurial law courses to SCU undergraduate engineers, and regularly speaks on topics relating to entrepreneurship law and intellectual property.  Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law, Laura worked in private practice representing technology startups and entrepreneurs. She gained her business acumen through her position as the first Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.  The Recorder has recognized her as a Top Woman Leader in Tech Law in 2017 and 2014, and her innovative teaching techniques were recognized in 2015 when Santa Clara Law’s High Tech Law Institute received the Legal Innovator award.

 

John has been CALI’s Executive Director since 1994 and has worked in legal education since 1987.  He has a BS in Computer Science from Northwestern and an MS in Computer Science from IllinoisTech.  CALI is a 501(c)(3) consortium of almost 200 US Law Schools that publishes over 1000 rigorous web-based legal tutorials, CC-licensed (free) casebooks and provides web software for formative assessment, in-class polling, and experiential learning.
John Mayer