LSC's 2018 Tech Innovations Conference

January 10-12, 2018 in New Orleans, LA


Join us January 10-12, 2018 in New Orleans, LA for LSC's Tech Innovations Conference. After 17 years as the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference, we are changing the name to reflect the growing community of people who now attend the conference to share ideas and explore innovative ways of using technology to promote access to justice in civil legal aid. The Tech Innovations Conference will bring together technologists, legal aid advocates, court personnel, academics and other professionals to showcase technology projects and tools being implemented across the country and internationally. The conference also provides an opportunity to network with a national community of colleagues and to cultivate project ideas that could lead to successful TIG applications. 

Submit a Session Proposal

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is currently accepting session proposals for the 2018 Tech Innovations Conference in New Orleans, LA, January 10-12, 2018. At the 2017 TIG Conference, there were over 40 break-out sessions and 305 attendees.

We are accepting proposals for four types of conference sessions:

  • Workshop Session (75 minutes)
  • Rapid Fire Talk (6-minute lightning talk at a plenary)
  • Affinity Group (informal 60-minute discussion group)
  • Hands-On Lab or Technology Demo (75 minutes)

 LSC welcomes a broad range of session proposals – go to the 2018 TIG Conference Session Proposal form  for more guidance and to make a submission.

 Session Proposals are due by Friday, July 28. 

Who Should Attend

  • Legal aid advocates 
  • Legal technologists
  • Court Self Help staff
  • Pro bono coordinators
  • Private attorneys
  • Law School Professors
  • Document assembly developers and project managers
  • Law Librarians
  • Anyone with an interest in how to use technology in the delivery of legal services

What Can I Learn

Session topics will cover a range of issues on how technology can increase access to justice, including:

  • tools to improve limited scope or self-representation for those persons whom legal aid organizations are not able to represent fully;
  • improving the efficiency and effectiveness of access, triage, and intake;
  • encouraging and supporting pro bono;
  • delivering legal services remotely to hard-to-reach populations;
  • providing legal services staff and pro bono advocates with better litigation and case development support;
  • improving management and internal operations in legal aid offices, including the use of:
    • case management systems
    • phone systems
    • document management
    • business continuity planning
    • networks and security
    • project management

Networking Opportunities

There will be an opportunity to exchange information in more informal Affinity Group sessions, which attendees help to determine at the time of registration. An ignite-style plenary called Rapid Fire Tech provides fast-paced presentations that highlight technology project successes, new ideas, and lessons learned.

Conference Hotel

All conference sessions will be held at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. A conference room block will be available with registration.

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2018 Tech Innovations Conference will open by October, 2017.

The official Twitter hashtag for the conference is #LSCTIG.