Legal Hackers promote “legal hacking”—i.e., the process of developing creative solutions to issues at the intersection of law and technology—and are inspired by the ethos of the original MIT hackers of the 1950s and 1960s. The output of legal hacking could be a tech-based solution (e.g., legal tech, reg tech, or civic tech), an improvement in legal services delivery, or a new way of addressing a public policy issue such as data protection, intellectual property, or the sharing economy. As Professor Askin put it back in 2012:
“The goal [of legal hacking] is to morph and evolve the law on one hand to better serve technologists, enterprises and society, but also harness technology so that lawyers can better service their clients.”
Our chapters host regular events in their local communities that bring together individuals to learn, share, and collaborate. Legal Hackers events can include:
Legal Hackers have built tools to help disaster victims, to improve web accessibility for people with disabilities, and to advance access to justice for low-income individuals. We’ve organized workshops teaching lawyers the basics of coding, data science, and design thinking, and have given entrepreneurs a platform to share their innovations. And we’ve hosted events on countless issues, including artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, criminal justice, crowdfunding, cybersecurity, data protection, drone policy, intellectual property, mindfulness, network neutrality, open data, the sharing economy, startup law, and many, many more.