William P. Li and William Palin are scheduled to teach a course entitled Law is Code: Software for Access to Justice, Legal Aid, and Open Law, January 2015, at MIT.
Here is a description of the course, from the course Website:
Can computing technologies provide access to justice, provide legal aid more effectively, or make government and the law more open? In the United States, nearly a million people are turned away from federally funded legal aid services a year; new, scalable solutions are desperately needed.
This course is an opportunity learn about and make a positive impact on reducing the “justice gap” in Massachusetts and beyond. Individuals or teams will learn about the challenges that nonprofit legal aid organizations and government agencies face, choose a challenge, and develop mobile, web, or desktop-based software that addresses this need. Examples might include: an app that determine whether people qualify for legal assistance or expunge their criminal record; interactive data visualizations on open government datasets; systems that would help under-resourced public interest lawyers or organizations serve more clients.
We will invite lawyers and non-profit organizations to talk about their challenges and work closely with teams. This class aims to build a community of thoughtful designers, coders, hackers, lawyers, and other stakeholders to tackle these important problems.
All prospective students should complete the registration form and show up at the first class on Friday, January 6, 2015. We also welcome designers, coders, and members of the legal community to participate, space permitting. If you are not an MIT student, please complete the form and email us firstname.lastname@example.org. […]
For more details, please see the course Website.