2021 Innovations in Technology Conference

January 11, 2021 | 12:00pm - January 14, 2021 | 5:00pm •

The ITC grew out of LSC's Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) Program, which seeks to expand access to justice by promoting technological innovations in legal services delivery and pro se assistance. The conference brings together technologists, legal aid advocates, court personnel, law school professors, pro bono coordinators, and other professionals to showcase technology projects and tools being implemented across the country and internationally to promote access to justice and high-quality legal representation for low-income people. The conference also provides an opportunity to network with a community of colleagues and to cultivate project ideas that could lead to future TIG awards.

This was LSC’s 21st annual technology conference and featured more than 40 sessions on a wide variety of access-to-justice topics. The conference brought together technologists, legal aid advocates, court personnel, pro bono coordinators and other professionals to showcase technology projects and tools to improve access to civil legal services for those most in need. 

The need for these legal services is enormous. Studies consistently show that a high percentage of the civil legal needs of low-income people are not being met. LSC’s 2017 report, The Justice Gap—Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans, found that low-income Americans received no or inadequate professional help for 86% of their civil legal problems. Experts predict that the need for legal aid will increase amid COVID-19 challenges, particularly for low-income families facing job losses, evictions, domestic violence and other problems stemming from the pandemic.

2021 Innovations in Technology Conference: Plenary Panel

LSC President Ron Flagg for a discussion with Michigan Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Larry Irving, President and CEO of the Irving Group. They discussed technology and access to justice from three different perspectives: the courts, legal aid programs, and the technology community.

Takeaways from LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference

In this episode of Talk Justice, recorded live at LSC’s 2021 Innovations in Technology Conference, host Jason Tashea discusses insights and takeaways from the conference with three legal technology leaders: Steven McGarrity, executive director at Community Legal Aid Services; Cat Moon, director of innovation design and lecturer in law at Vanderbilt Law School; and Ilenia Sánchez-Bryson, chief information officer at Legal Services of Greater Miami.

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