LEGAL+TECH=ACCESS TO JUSTICE

April 12, 2017

Justice Cornelia Clark kicked off the first Music City Legal Hackers’ Hackathon for Justice at Vanderbilt University Law School on April 8, 2017. Speaking to a group of lawyers, law students, coders, technology experts and representative from legal assistance organizations in Tennessee, Justice Clark expressed the importance of leveraging technology to make legal help available to Tennesseans living in poverty. The Tennessee Bar Association and five nonprofit legal assistance providers- Disability Rights Tennessee, Community Legal Center, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center and Tennessee Justice Center- presented problems that could be solved by tech solutions including streamlining intake and data storage, populating a map of Tennessee with data to identify areas of greatest needs and emerging trends, client relations software and client follow ups via text.The technology specialists formed teams to develop new tools or recommend existing solutions to the opportunities presented. Each team will receive $1,000 to continue their tech solution.

About Music City Legal Hackers

Music City Legal Hackers is an innovative program of Vanderbilt Law School and is part of the global Hackers organization.We’re lawyers, law students, academics, developers, designers, technologists, marketers and entrepreneurs in the Nashville area who come together to design creative solutions to pressing problems in our legal justice systems.

TALS staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow Kirsten Jacobson, Alexander Poon, Corey Rice, Sorrel Brigman, Executive Director of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services Ann Pruitt, and Zoe LeBlanc.

TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur, Justice Cornelia Clark and Sarah King, attorney with Disability Rights TN.

Kirsten Jacobson, TALS staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow.