Legal hacking is a movement.
Daniel Martin Katz has written a post about the legal hacking movement: The #LegalHack Movement -or- The HomeBrew Computer Club of the Legal Industry, Computational Legal Studies.
A conference of the legal hacking movement — called Legal Hackers Congress 2015 — was held 24-25 April 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Before this post was originally written, at least two legal hackathons had been held:
- September 17, 2011: California Law Hackathon, Berkeley, California, and Denver, Colorado.
- November 5-6, 2011: Rewired State Parliament 2011 Hackathon [sometimes called UK Parliament Hack 2011], London, England, UK
Several legal hacking events — i.e., meetings at which developers engage in coding or other development activities leading to the creation of new digital legal information and communication technologies, and many of which are organized by these Legal Hacking, Technology, and Innovation Groups — have since been held, or are scheduled for the coming weeks [if you know of others, please mention them in the comments]:
- April 15, 2012: Legal Hackathon at Brooklyn Law School Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic, Brooklyn, New York, USA
- May 19, 2012: International Legislative Unhackathon, San Francisco, California, USA, and online
- June 2, 2012: Open Legislation Hackathon 2012, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
- July 6-7, 2012: Open Legislative Data in Paris: A Conference of the Third Kind with Hacktivists and Academics, Paris, France.
- November 24-25, 2012: Rewired State UK Parliament 2012 Hackathon [sometimes called UK Parliament Hack 2012] [click here for a summary], London, England, UK
- January 20-21, 2013: Legal tech hackathon on trademark technology, Mountain View, California, USA [Twitter hashtag: #TMHacks ].
- January 28-February 1, 2013: MIT 2013 Legal Hackathon, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA [click here for videos of the event]
- February 23, 2013: Open Data Day 2013 Hackathon – DC Metro Area, Washington, DC. [Twitter hashtags: #opendataday #dc]
April 2013: Law Hack Camp, London.
- April 14, 2013: Open DC Code Hackathon, Washington, DC.
- May 10-11, 2013: Legal Hackathon Miami, Miami, Florida.
- August 7, 2013: San Francisco Open Legislation Civic Hack Night, San Francisco, California.
- September 13-14, 2013: CanLII law, government and open data conference and hackathon, Ottawa.
- September 16-19, 2013: Law Mining Hackathon at OKCon 2013, Geneva.
- September 26-30, 2013: Civic Hacking: Legal Viz Hackathon hosted by Ravel Law, Palo Alto, California.
- September 30-October 4, 2013: Legal Design Jam, at Information Design Summer School, Syros, Greece [HT @StewieKee].
- October 5, 2013: DC Legal Hackathon, at Fastcase, Washington, DC.
- October 11, 2013: Legal Design Jam, at Stanford d.school, Stanford, California. [HT @margarethagan]
- October 12, 2013: Legal Design Jam, at The Embassy Network, San Francisco, California. [HT @StewieKee]
- October 15, 2013: Lime Usability Test and Akoma Ntoso Hackathon, at CIRSFID, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy [HT @monicapalmirani]
- October 29-November 1, 2013: Hackathon – Maratona Hacker 2013, Câmara dos Deputados, Brasília, Brazil. [HT @agm3dc]
- November 15, 2013: Legal Design Jam: Jamming in Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland [HT @StewieKee].
- November 16, 2013: New York Times Developers Hack Day, New York, New York.
- November 16-17, 2013: ReWired State UK Parliament Hack 2013, London, England, UK. [HT @Jessicamulley]
- November 22, 2013: DREAMer Hackathon, Mountain View, California, USA
- December 10, 2013: Legal Open Document Hackathon, at CIRSFID, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy [HT Monica Palmirani]
- January 17-19, 2014: PDF Liberation Hackathon, Washington, DC, San Francisco, California, and elsewhere [HT @internetrebecca]
- January 24-26, 2014: Europarl Hackathon [European Parliament Hackathon], Brussels
- February 8-9, 2014: Data Privacy Legal Hackathon, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and London
- February 10, 2014: Legal Design Jam for students only, Domus Academy, Milan [HT @StewieKee]
- February 11, 2014: Legal Design Jam open to the public, Talent Garden Milano, Milan [HT @StewieKee]
- February 20-22, 2014: NeoCodex Open Law Challenge, at Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014, London, England, UK
- February 22-23, 2014: Open Data Day 2014, Washington, DC, London, and other locations
- March 1-30, 2014: Hackathon juridique avec les étudiants du master 2 Droit du Numérique de Paris 1 et du DIU Informatique et Droit, Paris
- March 1-2, 2014: UX Sprint for Security and Privacy Tools, San Francisco
- March 28-29, 2014: The Voting Information Project San Francisco Hackathon, San Francisco
- April 4, 2014: Legal Design Jam, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
- April 15, 2014: Legal Design Jam, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
- Early Spring 2014, Boston Legal Hackathon, (precise date and location to be determined) [HT @morrissinger here and here]
- May 10, 2014: DC Code Reunion Hackathon, Washington, DC
- May 16-18, 2014: Code4Italy@Montecitorio Open Data Hackathon 2014, Rome
- May 24, 2014: Learn Ethereum and mini-hackathon, London.
- May 29-June 1, 2014: Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto 2014 (RHOK Toronto 2014) (Digital Books of Authority project), Toronto, Canada
- May 29, 2014: White House Hackathon to Develop a Write API for We the People Epetition Site [storify of the event], Washington, DC
- June 12-16, 2014: MIT Legal Hackathon 2014 [ see more details here about Open Legal Code project], Cambridge, Massachusetts
- June 14, 2014: Legal Hackers Data Control and Transparency Hack [click here for videos and hackpad of the event], London, England, UK
- June 21-22, 2014: Tech for Justice Hackathon, at Online Dispute Resolution Forum 2014, San Francisco
- July 12, 2014: AALL Hackathon: Building the Information Future, San Antonio, Texas [see datasets, project ideas, and discussion at Law Librarians Hack the Law]
- July 12-13, 2014: OpenNotice Open Data Control: Convergence: Legal Hackathon for Data Control 2014, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv
- August 7-8, 2014: event; August 9, 2014: program about the event at ABA Annual Meeting: ABA Journal Access-to-Justice Hackathon: Hackcess to Justice 2014, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- August 9-10, 2014: HubHacks: Boston’s Civic Hackathon, Boston, Massachusetts
- August 15-17, 2014: Legal Tech Startup Weekend San Francisco, San Francisco
- September 13, 2014: Legal Citation Hackathon, Washington, DC
- September 19-21, 2014: Code the Deal: A Transactional Legal Tech Hackathon, New York City
- September 20-21, 2014: OpenAustralia Hackfest GLOW (Global Legislative Openness Week) Edition, Sydney
- October 10-12, 2014: Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend, Seattle, Washington, USA [HT @rightbrainlaw]
- October 22, 2014: Legal Design Jam @ KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
- October 23-24, 2014: Intellectual Property Hackathon: Navigating Patent Applications – An Exercise in Legal Innovation, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto
- October 30-31, 2014: OpenLaw / Le droit ouvert 2014, Paris [HT @cottinstef]
- November 7, 2014: Legal Design Jam on Privacy Policies, Leuven
- November 7-9, 2014: USC Legal Tech Startup Weekend, Los Angeles
- November 8, 2014: Open Law at NUMA #2, Paris
- November 8-9, 2014: UK Parliament Hack 2014: Accountability Hack 2014 [#ParlyHack14 #AccHack14], London [HT @greentrac]
- November 14-16, 2014: MIT Legal PrototypeJam, co-organized by personnel at MIT, LawGives, UMKC Law School, and Brooklyn Law School, to be held at District Hall, Boston, Massachusetts [HT Dazza Greenwood]
- November 22, 2014: The Good Law Hackathon, UK Ministry of Justice, London
- November 25, 2014: Legal Design Jam @ BEUC, Brussels
- December 4, 2014: Legal Design Jam @ Hämeenlinna, Hämeenlinna, Finland
- December 6-7 and 10, 2014: Koding Virtual Global Hackathon, Online [December 3, 2014 application deadline]
- December 12, 2014: Legal Design Jam at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogota
- December 19, 2014: Seattle Police Hackathon, Seattle, Washington
- January 30-February 1, 2015: #Hack4Congress: A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Event to Fix Congress with the OpenGov Foundation, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- February 14, 2015: Hackathon on Police Brutality Data in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
- February 21-22, 2015: Code Across: Computational Law and Legal Informatics Activities with MIT Media Lab Legal Group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- February 21-22, 2015: Tech for Justice Hackathon+ Austin, Austin, Texas
- March 20-21, 2015: openlaws Code Camp, Salzburg
- March 21-22, 2015: Hack4Congress San Francisco, San Francisco, California
- March 21-22, 2015: Hackcess to Justice NOLA: An Access to Justice Hackathon [also called Hackcess to Justice Louisiana and Hackcess to Justice New Orleans], Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
- March 23-31, 2015: Warrant Canary Design and Coding Challenge, New York
- March 27-29, 2015: Hacking iCorruption, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- March 28, 2015: Hackcess to Justice: Connecting Rural and Remote Communities to the Law, Toronto
- March 28, 2015: Legal hackathon on Open Case Law (“Open Sentenze”), Bologna
- April 8-18, 2015: ABA Techshow and MIT Media Lab Online Legal Appathon, Online and in Chicago
- April 11-15, 2015: Suffolk Law School Student Bar Association LITSA Hackathon, Boston, Massachusetts
- April 24-25, 2015: Legal Hackers Congress 2015, Chicago
- April 25-26, 2015: UMKC Prototype Jam: A Legal Hackathon Event, Kansas City
- April 29-May 1, 2015: Hack4Congress DC, Washington, DC
- May 16, 2015: Legal Hackathon Bilbao, Bilbao
- June 6-7, 2015: LexHacks: A Hackathon for the Legal Community, Chicago
- July 18, 2015: AALL Hackathon: Connecting Legal Information, Philadelphia
- September 19-20, 2015: Tech for Justice Hackathon+ New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
- October 24-25, 2015: Hackathon: Code the Deal, Los Angeles, California, USA
Many of the events use the Twitter hashtag #legalhack
The events listed in this post focus on legal technology development. Some use the term legal hackathon to refer to events at which law reform proposals are developed (e.g., Harvard’s Legal Hackathon, held February 22, 2013); such law reform events are not listed in this post.
Thanks to Ed Walters and Roger Skalbeck for suggestions.
[NOTE: Updated and thoroughly edited on 21 September 2013.]
[NOTE: Updated 13 August 2013 to add CanLII law, government and open data conference and hackathon and Law Mining Hackathon at OKCon 2013.]
[NOTE: Updated 27 October 2012 to add Law Hack Camp, London.]