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.
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