International Summit 2016

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Welcome to the 2016 Legal Hackers International Summit!  This second annual invitation-only Summit will convene Legal Hackers organizers and legal-innovation thought leaders from around the world to share experiences and knowledge and to chart the path ahead for the Legal Hackers movement.

Can’t wait to see you there!

About Legal Hackers

Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Through local meetups, hackathons, and workshops across 40 global chapters, Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.


When: 7 PM on July 15, 2016, to 2 PM on July 17, 2016

Where: Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Nearest Subways: F (York Street), 2/3 (Clark Street), A/C (High Street)


The weekend will include a fascinating array of keynotes, panels, workshops, demos, and cultural activities from leaders of the legal hacking, legal technology and civic innovation communities. Here are just a few of our amazing speakers:

Want to be a presenter or have an idea for a compelling session? We would love to hear your pitch! Submit your proposal here and we will let you know about scheduling.


Friday July 15, 2016

7pm – Welcome Party @ 61 Local! (Open to the public – RSVP Here)

Saturday July 16, 2016

9:30am – Breakfast & Coffee

10am – Welcoming Remarks

  • Legal Hackers: Where We Are and Where We’re Going, Jameson Dempsey, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP & Phil Weiss, Fridman Law Group

10:30am – Morning Presentations

What is a Legal Hacker, Anyway?

  • What Legal Hackers Can Learn from the Original Hackers, Dan Lear, Dir. of Industry Relations, Avvo
  • A Hacker’s Perspective on Opportunities in Legal Hacking, Scott Allan, CEO, MindHive
  • Simple Legal Hacks from Singapore, Jerrold Soh, SG Legal Hackers
  • The Lantern in the Fog: Bleak House and the Information Revolution, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Solicitor and Member of Technology Committee of the Law Society of Ireland

12pm – Lunch & Keynotes

Hacking Your City

  • Take Back Your City: Hacking Open Data and Pair Coding Your Laws, Ben Kallos, New York City Council Member
  • 3 Civic Hacking Models for an Open Source City, Jason Hibbets, Sr. Community Evangelist, Red Hat

1pm – Icebreakers/Wakeup Session

1:10pm – Early-Afternoon Presentations

Hacking Law

  • Legal Toolkit for the 21st Century: Smart Contracts and the Blockchain, Tom Brooke, Partner, Brooke & Brooke; Nina Kilbride & Preston Byrne, ERIS Industries; Dazza Greenwood, MIT Media Lab
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Hackesphere, Larry Bridgesmith, Law Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • The Ethics of Applying Machine Learning to Legal Use Cases, Kathryn Hume, Director of Sales and Marketing, FastForwardLabs & Professor of Law, University of Calgary Faculty of Law
  • Legal Issues in Crowdfunding and Alternative Finance, Amy Wan, Partner, & Ken Nguyen, CEO,
  • The Role of Open Data in Federal Innovation Policy, James Miller, Senior Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
  • Lawtoons: Promoting Access to Justice Through Design (Workshop), Kanan Dhru, Founder, Research Foundation for Governance in India, Lawtoons, and LawForMe

3:55pm – Break

4pm – Late-Afternoon Presentations

Hacking Law School

  • Introduction to LawWithoutWalls, Erika Pagano, Assistant Director, LawWithoutWalls
  • How The Internet Changed Legal Education, Kyle McEntee, Law School Transparency
  • Law Schools as Members of Interdisciplinary CivicLawTech Teams and Networks, Tony Luppino, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, UMKC School of Law

Hacking Legal Practice

  • The Challenges and Opportunities in Legal Innovation, Matt Weinmann & Peter Brase, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Mindfulness for Lawyers (Workshop), Nitya Bansal, Founder, Sai Centre for Socio-Legal Action
  • Innovation in Legal Services (Workshop), Dan Linna, Director of LegalRnD & Andres Jara, Founder, Alster Legal

6pm – Happy Hour (Location TBA)
7pm – Organizers Dinner (Location TBA)

Sunday July 17, 2016

10am – Welcome & Recap of Day 1
10:30am – Presentations

Hacking Legal Hackers

    • Legal Hackers Coordination Across Borders, Institutions, and Organizations, Jonathan Askin, Founder, BLIP Clinic
    • Growing Your Legal Hackers Community (Workshop), Laura Faurqueur, Dir. of Marketing, Yingke Adarve Law Firm
    • The Future of Legal Hackers (Open Discussion)

1pm – Lunch & Closing Remarks
2pm – Cultural Activities in NYC

Important Notes:

  • Weather: New York in the summer is hot and humid. Check the weather here.
  • Getting Around: Taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts are plentiful, but the subway is always cheaper. Note that subways schedules are variable on the weekend due to construction.
  • Attire: Summit attire is smart casual/jeans/etc. (NYC Tip: avoid flip-flops)
  • Tourist Tips: Funny/educational video on visiting NYC.
  • Power Converters: Here are a few options.
  • Wi-Fi/SIMs: The summit will have wi-fi. Let us know if you need options for SIMs.

Many thanks to our Summit organizing committee:

Daniel Acevedo
Astrid Baldissera
Tom Brooke
Jameson Dempsey
Kanan Dhru
Kyle Dumont
Dan Lear
Phil Weiss

The 2016 Legal Hackers International Summit is only possible with the help of our pioneering sponsors:





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