The #LegalHack Movement -or- The HomeBrew Computer Club of the Legal Industry

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#Legal Hacking is a Movement.
This is what Robert Richards from Legal Informatics Blog declared back in 2012.  It turned out to be a very accurate prediction. The rise of the legal hack movement is among the most interesting developments in our industry — with significant growth coming in the second half of 2013.

Thousands of individuals in the #LegalHack movement are coming together across the globe to connect, discuss and try solve persistent problems that plague both the legal industry and public sector / judiciary.   The past months alone have featured more than 10 events in locations such as Washington, DC, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Bologna, Brasila,  London, Geneva, Ottawa, Brooklyn, Paris, etc.  RC Richards has been compiling a list here.

Additionally, there are law+technology meetup events taking place in locations such as Seattle, Cincinnati,  Austin, Los Angeles, etc.

While certainly not a silver bullet for all problems, technology can potentially help alleviate some of the persistent issues in both the private and public sector including firm efficiency, access to justice, better courts and a better justice system, more effective regulation, perhaps a less dysfunctional congress (well – that might be impossible) …

I should just note for those of you not familiar with this fact – “hacking” has multiple meanings.  The context in play here is the positive sense of the word -> developing creative solutions to particular problems that exist in the world (rather than say committing crime using a computer).  So the well know site Lifehacker (which helps me all of the time) is devoted to hacking your life in order to make it easier.

For the legal industry, this looks a lot like the HomeBrew Computer Club (circa about 1976)!

Proud to Be Named to the 2013 Class of Legal Rebels by the ABA Journal

legal rebels 2013 Proud to be honored – promise to keep working hard – and I am really looking forward to sharing some really cool new projects (with Michael J Bommarito II, Michael Bossone, Bill Henderson, J.B Ruhl and many others) that are in the pipeline — coming in 2014!

Announcing the ReInvent Law Channel — Free Talks By Leading Thinkers at the Intersection of Law, Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Workshop “Network Analysis in Law” @ International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law – Rome 2013

This Workshop builds upon the “Network Analysis and the Law” Tutorial that Mike Bommarito and I ran at Jurix 2011 in Vienna.

It was a great honor to be an organizer for both the overall Artificial Intelligence and Law 2013 Conference as well as the Network Analysis and Law workshop.

Looking forward to great week of rigorous technical papers at Artificial Intelligence and Law 2013 in Rome in early June!

ReInvent Law London 2013 – A Free, Open & Crowd Sourced Conference – June 14, 2013 in Central London

#ReInvent Law London 2013 will be an open, crowd-sourced conference! Talks will be submitted by the public and then those proposals will be voted upon by the public.  Anyone can pitch a topic, and everyone can vote.

Here are the rules:

1.  Submit your 300-word or 30-second-YouTube-video pitch at www.ReInventLawLondon.com between now and midnight on April 5, 2013.

2.  Vote for your favorite pitch when the voting window opens in early April.  One person, one vote—but feel free to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to encourage colleagues, friends, family and more to vote for your pitch.

3.  Talks must relate to some aspect of law + technology + innovation + entrepreneurship.  This is about big ideas—no sales pitches or product pushing.

4.  Winners will have up to 10 minutes to speak, and will then respond to dynamic, real-time, audience-driven Q&A.

5.  You can also sign up here for a FREE ticket to witness ReInvent Law London, June 14, 2013.  Each of our previous events have sold out – so sign up today!

#ReInventLaw London 2013 is part of Michigan State University College of Law’s 21st Century Law Practice Summer Program.

Learn more about our laboratory and its 4 pillars —  { Law + Tech + Design + Delivery }
@ www.ReInventLaw.com

RoundUp of Coverage of ReInvent Law Silicon Valley 2013 – More Events Coming in 2013 and Beyond – Including ReInvent Law London + ReInvent Law New York

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This is Hardly a Complete List but These Provide a Good Overview ….
The Future of Law as Seen From Silicon Valley (The AmLaw Daily – Aric Press)

‘Law is Broken.’ Will These Legal Tech Gurus Bring About Change? (ABA Journal – Law Scribbler/Rachel M. Zahorsky)

Thoughts on the Future of Law from ReInvent Law – Silicon Valley 2013 (The Legal Whiteboard – Jerry Organ)

ReInvent Law is a Really Big Deal  (The Legal Whiteboard – Bill Henderson)

ReInvent Law Recap: A Speaker’s and Attendee’s Perspective  (The Bionic Lawyer – Kevin Colangelo)

Twitter Recap of #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley  (Innov8Social)

Five Core Themes of Legal Services Industry Reinvention (Legal 2050 Blog – J.B. Ruhl)

New Perspectives on the Legal Sector (Virtual Intelligence)

Enough Pain?: Time to Reinvent Law  (ERM Legal Solutions – Larry Bridgesmith)

Live Blogging from ReInvent Law Silicon Valley 2013  (Prism Legal – Ron Friedmann)

Archived Tweets and Other Resources from #ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013 (Legal Informatics Blog – RC Richards)

Couple More Things …
Here is the Conference Website
Here is the Official Schedule of Presentations from March 8, 2013

And Finally More Events Coming in 2013 …
ReInventLaw London  – June 14, 2013
ReInvent Law New York – Fall 2013

How To Run A Law Firm Like A Startup (via Business Insider)

Here is a brand new article on Kyle Westaway who spoke this past Saturday at the Entrepreneurial Lawyering Workshop here in East Lansing.  This workshop is an intensive day of pitches and feedback (ala Startup Weekend) and is an important part of the Entrepreneurial Lawyering course that I co-teach with my colleague Renee Knake.  Whether it is the “Start Up of You” or some sort of legal process / legal tech idea … this course is about the business of law and how to succeed in this very tough market for legal services …