LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference
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 14-17, 2020.
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
- IT and Internal Operations
- Legal Design
- Online Tools and Websites
- Self-Help/Self-Represented Litigants
- Disaster Legal Tech and Pro Bono Innovations
The 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.
The 2020 conference will begin with a welcome reception on Tuesday, January 14, and end at lunch on Friday, January 17. The full agenda will be released shortly. See session information, videos, and materials from past conferences.
Who Should Attend
- 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
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.
Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities
The Innovations in Technology Conference offers unique opportunities for companies to demonstrate their corporate leadership in the civil legal aid technology community. LSC is looking for legal, technological, and legal-technological companies to sponsor the 2020 Innovations in Technology Conference this year. If your company is at the forefront of legal or technological innovation, you can learn more about specific opportunities in our ITC 2020 Sponsorship Packet. Contact Emma Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 295-1628 to discuss Sponsorship options further.
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.
Pre-conference activities will include a training on developing online forms in LawHelp Interactive.
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. The ITC special room rate is $149. Go to the ITC room reservation website to book a reservation, or call 1-800-HILTONS and use the code LSC.
The conference registration will open shortly. This conference has sold out the last three years, so plan to register early to ensure your spot at the 2020 Innovations in Technology Conference in Portland, Oregon.
The official Twitter hashtag for the conference is #LSCITC.