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Thursday, January 14 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Access to Justice Tools in the Larger Digital Ecosystem

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With the proliferation of digital tools designed to help users navigate legal resources and the legal system, attention is turning to the place of apps in the larger on and offline ecosystem. This session will focus on developing tools to maximize their impact while preserving scarce resources. Among the topics it will consider are: creating tools that are sustainable and scale, avoiding replication of existing tools, and situating tools to increase their visibility and prominence. The session will also explore the relative merits of hackathons and other approaches to creating technologies that bridge the justice gap.

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Tanina Rostain

Professor, Georgetown Law Center
Tanina Rostain’s current teaching and research interests focus on the proliferation of legal technologies in law practice, in particular, in the access to justice and open government spheres. In 2012, Tanina created a course in which student teams collaborate with non-profit legal service providers to build apps that increase access to the legal system. The course culminates in the Georgetown Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, a widely followed... Read More →


Jill Schachner Chanen

ABA Journal/American Bar Association, Assistant Managing Editor/Director of Events
Jill is the director of events and assistant managing editor for the ABA Journal magazine of the American Bar Association where she is responsible for developing content for magazine and developing programming. She has produced three hackathons for the Journal and participated in several more. Jill holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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Mark O'Brien

Executive Director, Pro Bono Net
Mark O'Brien is the co-founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that increases access to justice for the poor and other vulnerable populations through innovative uses of technology, collaboration and volunteer mobilization. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has built web platforms to support public interest lawyers, build broad based justice partnerships, and empower people in need to solve their own legal problems... Read More →
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Keith Porcaro

CTO / General Counsel, SIMLab
Keith leads SIMLab’s partnerships and technology initiatives, where he helps service providers, governments, and other organizations around the world use technology to make services more accessible, responsive, and resilient. Keith's background sits at the intersection of law and technology; prior to joining SIMLab, he advised technology startups on legal and operational issues, worked as legal counsel and content strategist for a service... Read More →

Jason Tashea

Justice Codes, Founder
Jason is the Founder of Justice Codes, a criminal justice technology consultant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a freelance writer focusing on criminal justice issues and technology. He is based in Baltimore, Maryland. He was previously the Juvenile Justice Policy Director for Advocates for Children and Youth in Baltimore and a Fulbright Fellow to the Republic of Kosovo. He received his JD from the University of Oregon.

Thursday January 14, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Executive Salon 1 - 3rd Flr 111 East Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

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