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Every year 53% of the low-income households in Washington face at least one civil legal problem without adequate legal assistance. Problems can range from predatory lending to foreclosure to various kinds of debt. There are many legal advocates helping those in need, however, due to the difference in numbers, not everyone gets the help they need. This can be described as the access to justice gap in America.

Continue Reading The Gameification of Legal Services: The Social Justice Game Jam

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There is a clear case for the use of tech to improve our civil justice system. While there’s a huge legal accessibility gap in our nation, the use of tech and innovation can play a pivotal role to increase the capacity of legal services providers to address the unmet legal needs in many poor communities across the nation.

Continue Reading Legal Aid Drupal Hackathon to Address Underlying Issues with A2J Tech

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A hackathon is an event, typically lasting 24-48 hours, in which a large number of people (software programmers, user experience designers, data scientists, project managers, and subject matter experts) meet to engage in competitive collaborative computer programming around a specific set of challenges. Teams that create the most meaningful and innovative solutions under the specific judging criteria are rewarded at the culmination of the event.

Continue Reading On the Fence about Legal Hackathons? Try one out for Yourself!!

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Welcome all to the Innovative Law Student” blog on which I intend to focus on innovations in the legal industry and legal education, topics ranging from tech justice to virtual reality, in thought-provoking and insightful posts catered for an legal and law student audience. The ISL blog is a group forum to which many ISL team members contribute. Outside contributions are welcome.

Continue Reading Welcome To My New Blog

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                                         Aurora Martin                Miguel Willis
Seattle University School of Law hosted the city’s first “Social Justice Hackathon” in November 2015. The Hackathon brought together the tech and legal aid communities to create solutions that would expand access to and improve delivery of legal services.
Join our Google Hangout for a conversation with the Hackathon’s creator, Miguel Willis, and Aurora Martin, the executive director of Columbia Legal Services. We’ll talk with the two of them about the Hackathon, its results, and the potential of legal-tech collaborations.

Continue Reading Upcoming Webinar: Hacking for Justice: Legal Aid & Tech Collaborations