DC Legal Hackers is the DC Chapter of a growing movement of more than 120 legal hacking, technology, or innovation groups around the world: legalhackers.org
A legal hacker is someone who cares about the intersection of law and technology and seeks to improve legal practice through technology while simultaneously using legal skills to promote technological innovation and exploration.
6:30-7:00 Pizza, Drinks, and Networking
7:00-7:15 Introductions and Announcements
7:15-8:30 Speaker Panel and Discussion
- Omid Ghaffari - Lawyer
Omid started his legal career as a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, where he learned a great deal about the difficulties of re-entry and the impact that a lack of community support and resources had on recidivism rates.
Upon moving into private practice, he worked on automating expungement resources while also spending a majority of his personal time working with an online community of ex-cons, helping them collate and share their tips for successful re-entry among the newly released.
- Chiquisha Robinson, Esq. - Manager of the Prisoner&Reentry Legal Services program in The D.C. Public Defender Services' Community Defender Division. (CDD)
Chiquisha responds to the legal and social services needs of incarcerated, newly released, and other individuals with D.C. criminal records, assisting them with successful community reentry and
reintegration. Further, she serves as the Public Defender Services (PDS) liaison to individuals convicted of District of Columbia Code offenses who are serving sentences in the D.C. Department of Corrections, Central Treatment Facility, and Federal Bureau of Prisons, by providing information and legal advocacy to assist these individuals, monitor their conditions of confinement, and assist them on parole and other release-related matters. Chiquisha also provides trainings to PDS, the CJA bar, and the D.C. community.
- Christopher McNeal - Community Outreach Specialist for Mayor's Office on Returning Citizens (MORCA)