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Sunday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Legal Hackers: A Global Movement to Reform the Law

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It’s a constant refrain: the law fails to keep up with technology, and lawyers themselves are in the dark ages. But what can be done?
A growing movement of “Legal Hackers” may have the answer. Legal Hackers are lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics who have applied the “hacker ethic” to the legal profession as a means of fostering ground-up change in an industry that desperately needs it.
Beginning in 2012 in NYC, the legal hacking movement has now spread across the country and, increasingly, around the world. Legal hackers congregate in cities like DC, LA, London, Seattle, and Stockholm. They host “legal hackathons” to tackle issues like access to justice, open data, and digital privacy, and gather in meetups and workshops geared toward lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
In this panel, we will hear from a few of the leaders of the movement about what legal hacking is, how it is changing the legal industry for the better, and what the future holds.

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Jameson Dempsey

Assoc, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Jameson Dempsey is an associate in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Telecommunications, Privacy & Information Security, and TCPA Defense practice groups. Jameson counsels a diverse array of companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications... Read More →

Dan Lear

Dir of Industry Rel, Avvo
Dan Lear is a technology lawyer, facilitator, and gadfly. He is currently the Director of Industry Relations for Avvo.com, an online legal marketplace. In that role he is responsible for the company's relationship with lawyers, the legal industry, and legal technology companies and... Read More →
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Amy Wan

General Counsel, Patch of Land
Amy Wan is General Counsel at Patch of Land, a real estate crowdfunding startup that specializes in short-term peer-to-peer real estate debt. She brings deep experience in legal innovation and the rethinking of legal services. In 2014, she was named one of the top ten women to watch... Read More →
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Phil Weiss

Assoc, Fridman Law Group PLLC
Phil Weiss is a transactional/corporate attorney for startups, developers, and creative agencies, and is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School. Phil founded New York Legal Hackers, in 2012, and founded Legal Hackers, the mothership organization that is spearheading... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

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