The 2019 Innovations in Technology Conference will be held at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. All attendees must register using the conference registration website

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Tuesday, January 8


Legal Aid Hackathon Presentations
You’re invited to watch the presentations from the Legal Aid Hackathon – a pre-conference event sponsored by the Legal Aid Drupal Users Collective. The objective of the hackathon is to develop open source tools and Drupal solutions to improve access to justice. Start your conference experience with inspiring technology developments that increase access to justice!

Tuesday January 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Ile De France Ballroom 3rd Floor


Legal Tech Startup Talks
This new session will showcase 5-6 innovative legal technology startups that are addressing the access to justice crisis. Each startup group will have 10 minutes to share their product and perspective and discuss its implications for the legal aid community. While this isn't a pitch competition, we hope it will lead to an important dialogue about bringing new ideas into the access to justice space.


Nathaniel Baca

Founder, Walden.ly

Justin Brownstone

Litigation Counsel/VP of Sales, Gavelytics
Before joining Gavelytics, Justin spent most of the last decade as a litigator in Big Law and at a Los Angeles litigation boutique. Justin graduated in the top 10 of his class at the UCLA School of Law, where he was also a Managing Editor of Law Review. He earned his undergraduate... Read More →

Tom Martin

CEO and Founder, LawDroid Ltd
Tom Martin is a legal bot advocate, lawyer, author and speaker. He is CEO and founder of LawDroid Ltd. (an AI company dedicated to creating useful legal chatbots). LawDroid has been honored by Fastcase 50, ABA Journal Web 100, and as runner up for the British Legal Technology Forum's... Read More →
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Dorna Moini

Founder, HelpSelf
Dorna is the founder of HelpSelf, a no-code document automation tool allowing legal aid to create powerful platforms to streamline repetitive work - without the help of a developer. The software has been called the "easiest document assembly tool" and it takes just 10 minutes to learn... Read More →
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Thomas Officer

Cofounder, Community.lawyer
Lawyer, designer, and web developer. Born in France, raised in New Hampshire, law school in Scotland. Talk to me about designing expert systems for greater access to justice.
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George Simons

Founder, Lawble

Tuesday January 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ile De France Ballroom 3rd Floor
Wednesday, January 9


Welcome and Opening with LSC President Jim Sandman
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Jim Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. Jim practiced with the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm's Managing Partner for a decade. From 2007 to 2011, he was General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools... Read More →

Wednesday January 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Ile De France Ballroom 3rd Floor


Opening Plenary: Rapid Fire Tech Talks
This fast-paced and informative general session will feature 6-minute talks highlighting a variety of topics in legal technology and access to justice. Each presenter will have 20 slides that are advanced automatically every 20 seconds. The rapid-fire talk topics in this session are:
  • Head in the Cloud? You Better Know the Ethics Too - Mark C. Palmer
  • International Developments in Access to Justice - Roger Smith
  • Lawyer Websites, Access to Justice & Behavioral Economics - Renee Knake
  • Legal Tech Sustainability Begins with Integrating the Future Lawyer - Sara Agate
  • The History of Legal Services from 2019 to 2039 - Will Hornsby

Sponsored by LegalServer

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Sara Agate

Future Lawyer 2019, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Sara Agate has been embracing tech for several years in telehealth as a thought-leader on how urban communities face similar access to healthcare services issues as rural areas. She joins the legal tech space with a focus on bridging the gap between health, law, and tech. She is on... Read More →

Will Hornsby

Lawyer, The Law Office of William Hornsby
Will Hornsby served as staff counsel at the American Bar Association from 1988 to 2018, where he advanced models and policies to improve the delivery of legal services to those of moderate incomes. In this role, he fostered unbundled legal services, self-help centers, lawyer incubators... Read More →
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Renee Knake

Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
Renee Knake is a Professor of Law and the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2019, she will be the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneruship and Innovation at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. She is an author of two... Read More →
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Mark C. Palmer

Professionalism Counsel, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Advocating #professionalism for @illinoiscourts | @UIllinoisLaw Adjunct Professor | father, husband, attorney, traveler #legaltech #futurelawMark C. Palmer serves as Professionalism Counsel under the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism to facilitate the promotion... Read More →

Roger Smith

Professor, London South Bank University
Roger is an English lawyer who has worked in a variety of NGOs. He authors a website and blog on global developments in technology and access to justice for the Legal Education Foundation (law-tech-a2j.org).

Wednesday January 9, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am
Ile De France Ballroom 3rd Floor
Thursday, January 10


Rapid Fire Tech Talks
If you had six minutes to share an idea, best practice, or show off a technology project, what would you talk about? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically every 20 seconds? Around the world, geeks have been putting together events like this to share their ideas. This plenary will feature a series of short presentations highlighting innovative technology projects and ideas. It will be fast-paced and informative! This session will feature talks on:
  • 20 Tips for Making Great Videos - Sart Rowe
  • A Framework for Measuring Online Legal Resources: The Drake Equation for Legal Aid - Laura Quinn
  • Alexa, Drop in on Legal Aid - Steven McGarrity 
  • Automate Your Social Media Now - Maureen Jouhet 
  • Free Set of Universal Icons for North American Legal Sector - Tanu Padath 
  • Introducing A2J.org - John Mayer 

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Maureen Jouhet

Content Director, Illinois Legal Aid Online
As Content Director at Illinois Legal Aid Online, Maureen helps lower the barriers to the law for lower-income Illinois residents. Maureen is energized by the possibilities of technology. A hard-core content strategy evangelist and creative professional, she understands the importance... Read More →
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John Mayer

Executive Director, CALI
Executive Director of CALI - law school consortium. Developers of A2J Author and hosts of A2J.org. Not a lawyer, 30 years working in tech, legal education and access to justice.
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Steven McGarrity

Executive Director, Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
Steven McGarrity is the Executive Director of Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. in Akron, Ohio. He began his career with Legal Aid following his graduation from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996. He has served in a wide variety of positions at Legal Aid including... Read More →
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Tanushree Padath

Designer, Transcend
Tanu is a former Biologist turned Designer. Her many responsibilities at Transcend include proofing multi-lingual projects, editing plain language documents and designing documents for readability. But by far, her favorite project has been spearheading the Legal Icons Project - a... Read More →
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Laura Quinn

Director of Data (FJTC); Product and Content Manager (OLH), Florida Justice Technology Center; Ohio Legal Help
Laura Quinn is a technology designer and researcher with more than 20 years of experience in gathering data—in the business, nonprofit, and foundation worlds—and translating it into formats for decision making. She is currently serving as the outgoing Director of Data for the... Read More →

Sarterus Rowe

National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator, Northwest Justice Project
Sarterus Rowe is the National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator, Northwest Justice Project, Seattle. He is a techie-lawyer and access-to-justice wizard at NJP where he runs LSNTAP.org the Legal Service National Technology Assistance Project. He has produced over 1000 YouTube... Read More →

Thursday January 10, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Ile De France Ballroom 3rd Floor