Professor Dr. Daniel Martin Katz of Michigan State University and the ReInventLaw Lab has a new post about the legal hacking movement: The #LegalHack Movement -or- The HomeBrew Computer Club of the Legal Industry, at Computational Legal Studies.
Here are excerpts from the post:
[...] The rise of the legal hack movement is among the most interesting developments in our industry — with significant growth coming in the second half of 2013.
Thousands of individuals in the #LegalHack movement are coming together across the globe to connect, discuss and try solve persistent problems that plague both the legal industry and public sector / judiciary. The past months alone have featured more than 10 events in locations such as Washington, DC, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Bologna, Brasila, London, Geneva, Ottawa, Brooklyn, Paris, etc. RC Richards has been compiling a list here.
Additionally, there are law+technology meetup events taking place in locations such as Seattle, Cincinnati, Austin, Los Angeles, etc.
While certainly not a silver bullet for all problems, technology can potentially help alleviate some of the persistent issues in both the private and public sector including firm efficiency, access to justice, better courts and a better justice system, more effective regulation, perhaps a less dysfunctional congress (well – that might be impossible) … [...]
For the legal industry, this looks a lot like the HomeBrew Computer Club (circa about 1976)!
For more details, please see the complete post.
Thanks to Dan for his kind words.