Hello Legal Hackers,
Thanks again to everyone who attended the Civic Engagement MeetUp last Thursday. As usual, we had great Q&A sessions and the venue had to kick us out!
Our next MeetUp will take place on May 15, 2017 from 6pm to 7 30pm. Location and panel at Social Law Library, 1 Pemberton Square, Boston, MA. Please save the date and RSVP!
Our topic: Access to Justice through technology. It seems apparent that many people do not have adequate access to the judicial system. From criminal justice to immigration, from predatory lending to employment issues, the burden on the underserved is severe. How can technology help? There are many interesting initiatives, including apps that help avoid parking tickets or create immigration applications, to video conferencing, to crowdfunding public interest lawsuits. We might also finally learn what access to justice really means!
As usual, we expect a lively panel with members of the judiciary, the legal and the tech community:
Marc Lauritsen (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marclauritsen/) will join us to speak about his involvement in the Access to Justice Commission's latest project and his work on lawhelpinteractive (http://lawhelpinteractive.org), which aided millions.
Quinten Steenhuis (http://www.nonprofittechy.com/) of the Greater Boston Legal Services will tell us about combining his roles as an advocate and a systems administrator together with his view on the opportunities for the technology to assist those needing most help.
William Palin (http://cambridgelaw.org/), Access to Justice & Technology Fellow @ Harvard Law School + Founder of the Boston/Cambridge Legal Hackers Group.
Deb Silva (https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiesilva/) (Executive Director) + Julia Schutt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliaellenschutt/) (Policy Associate) @ Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice (http://massappleseed.org/index.php).
Come to learn, to discuss, and to debate with us!
Pavel & Jared
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