On October 24, 2013, the NYC Legal Hackers discussed cryptography and attorney-client privileges in light of the NSA’s dragnet data collection program. We heard from Alison Besunder, Jed Davis, and Nick Merrill.
Dig deeper into cryptography with Eric’s Cryptography for Lawyers readlist.
The New York Legal Hackers converged on Hudson Station in midtown Manhattan last week to brainstorm topics for the next few months of discussion and collaboration.
Issues covered included voting, open source software, and non-profits. We look forward to hearing how attendees intend to put these important discussions to practice! Check out these suggestions the NY Legal Hackers live tweeted!
Last month’s Legal Hackers Meetup was part demo night, part panel, and part lively discussion about technology and the future of legal practice. Entitled “Startups Disrupting the Legal Industry,” it was hosted by General Assembly, and featured demos from Shake, Lawdingo, CaseRails, and Priori Legal. The demos were followed by a panel that included the startups’ founders, plus Jennifer Berrent, a partner at WilmherHale who works with emerging companies. Prof. Jonathan Askin, founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic, moderated.
A few consistent themes emerged throughout the evening: technology can make life better for both lawyers and their clients, but it’s being underutilized. There is an opportunity for consumer technology companies to capture the currently neglected “long tail” of the legal market. And startups working in legal technology face unique challenges because of the risk-averse nature of the profession and because of regulatory obstacles.
Thank you to all of the participants and attendees!
We are so pleased to announce that New York chapter of Legal Hackers has reached a stunning 500 members! We are so happy to make this exciting announcement, and we thank all current members for making it possible!
Last week, the Legal Hackers convened at Projective Space to discuss the future of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for startup companies. Said organizer and moderator Giulio Zanolla:
Although established companies often have the resources to continue the success of their businesses, startups face an uncomfortable tension–when startup founders get into a seemingly insurmountable dispute, they are often faced with the temptation to end things before they get worse. Mr. Zanolla suggested that ADR may serve well in these uncomfortable situations.
As always, the Legal Hackers posed some fascinating questions to our panel. But the recurring theme of the evening was setting founder expectations early, properly preparing for disagreement, and using mechanisms that avoid the hot-headed and irrational decisions that come with dispute.
A huge thanks to our panelists for the evening:
Giulio Zanolla - Associate Mediator at Weinstein Melnick LLC
Vivek Boray - Partner at De Franceschi & Shefayee LLP
Jesse Sandoval - Co-Founder/CEO of MindSwell
Yaron Vilosny - Founder/CEO of JusticeBox.net
And a particularly huge thanks to our sponsor, JusticeBox!
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On May 30, 2013, the New York Legal Hackers went back to their old court at Projective Space to take a look at the law and business of monetizing user generated content (UGC). Recent developments in the image-sharing space have … Continue reading
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The NYC Legal Hackers met on April 11, 2013 at eBay NYC to discuss the technical, legal, and policy issues surrounding public wi-fi networks in New York City. The event featured a terrific panel of experts from industry, government, and … Continue reading