LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference

January 15-17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon

View the Conference Schedule and Agenda

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. It brings together a broad range of 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 successful TIG applications. We expect over 500 attendees to join us in Portland, Oregon, January 15-17, 2020. 

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Speakers and Workshops 

The conference will include over 60 break-out sessions, including hands-on labs, tactical sessions, short tech talks, and workshops showcasing innovations, best practices and lessons learned. There will also be affinity sessions for informal discussions around topics of interest determined by attendees. Sessions are organized into tracks of related content, including: 

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Court Technology                                      
  • Data
  • IT and Internal Operations
  • Legal Design
  • Online Tools and Websites
  • Self-Help/Self-Represented Litigants
  • Disaster Legal Tech
  • Pro Bono Innovations

Shannon SalterThe opening plenary will feature a keynote address from Shannon Salter, Chair of the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). The CRT is Canada’s first online tribunal resolving small claims, condominium disputes, and motor vehicle accident disputes. Salter is also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics and professional regulation.  

  

 Conference Schedule and Agenda

The 2020 conference will begin with a welcome reception on Tuesday, January 14, and end at 12:30 pm on Friday, January 17. View the detailed conference schedule and agenda online for more information.

 Who Attends

  • Legal aid advocates 
  • Legal technologists
  • Court self-help staff
  • Pro bono coordinators
  • Private attorneys
  • Law school students and professors
  • Document assembly developers and project managers
  • Law librarians
  • Anyone with an interest in how to use technology in the delivery of legal services

Live Stream Schedule

LSC will live stream portions of the conference program. The live stream schedule is now online

What Can I Learn

Session topics 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;
  • cutting edge technology developments for legal services using artificial intelligence;
  • delivering legal services remotely to hard-to-reach populations;
  • providing legal services staff and pro bono advocates with better litigation and case development support; and
  • improving management and internal operations in legal aid offices, including how organizations can meet LSC's new performance criteria around technology.

See session information, videos, and materials from past conferences.

Conference Sponsors

  • LegalServer – Opening Plenary Sponsor

  • Tyler Technologies – Opening Plenary Sponsor 

  • LegalZoom – Water Bottle Sponsor

  • Complete Equity Markets – Breakfast Sponsor 

  • SavvySuit – Speaker Scholarship

  • Tara Saylor – Pens and Promotional Materials

Exhibitors:

  • CALI
  • LegalFiles
  • We the Action
  • JusticeforMe
  • TechBridge

Networking Opportunities

There are opportunities to exchange information in more informal Affinity Group sessions and dinners, 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.

The official Twitter hashtag for the conference is #LSCITC

 

Pre-Conference Training

Pre-conference activities will include a two-day beginner and one-day advanced training on developing online forms in LawHelp Interactive

The beginner training, January 13-14, 2020, covers how to use HotDocs and A2J Author 6.0 to create basic online forms powered by LawHelp Interactive (LHI) and the new document assembly tool (DAT) feature of A2J Author. The advanced training on January 14, 2020 will cover advanced features in LHI, including LHI-Connect, LHI Efiling, LHI integrations with case management systems, and other advanced form design skills based on a pre-training survey of participants.

Pre-Conference Hackathon

If you are interested in participating in a pre-conference hackathon on Tuesday, January 14 in Portland, please fill out this form to express your interest and submit any hackathon project ideas. Presentations from the hackathon projects will be on Wednesday January 15 from 5-6 pm in the Atrium Ballroom.

Conference Hotel

The conference is being held at the Portland Hilton Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204. The Portland Hilton is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just one block from the MAX light rail system. Please note, the ITC room block rate expired on December 22, 2019. 

Conference Registration

The conference registration closed on December 31, 2019. For questions about your conference registration, please contact us at itc@lsc.gov

2020 ITC Registration Fees
  Early (through Nov 1) Regular
ITC Attendee/Speaker $495 $550
LSC Grantee staff $450 $495
Law Student $250 $250
Group of 3 or more full registrations 10% off   10% off