Law and Technology Initiative

First Thursday of each month (beginning September 5, 2019)

The Initiative operates at the intersection of law and technology, including legal-services delivery technologies and laws and regulations governing technologies. Our vision for the Initiative is a partnership between Pritzker School of Law, McCormick School of Engineering, and external partners such as law firms, corporate legal departments, legal aid organizations, courts, other legal-services providers, legal technology companies, and information providers.

As part of the Initiative, we are planning a series of engaging events. In addition to Monthly Meetings, we plan to host training seminars, academic workshops, distinguished speakers, and an annual conference. We will also continue to undertake research and development projects with external partners, including in our Innovation Lab class, which was highlighted in this article.

The Initiative Monthly Meetings will focus on:

  1. building a community of practitioners, scholars, and students;
  2. sharing information, research, and other resources within this community;
  3. gathering feedback from the practitioner community regarding their challenges, needs, and interests; and
  4. providing Initiative updates.

At the September 5 meeting, approximately 120 practitioners, allied professionals, law faculty and students, and computer science faculty and students engaged in wide ranging discussion about Law and Technology challenges. This Northwestern Engineering News article summarizes the event.


Upcoming Events

Early Oct. 2019
We are currently accepting projects for (1) the January to April 2020 Innovation Lab and (2) the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence program. Please email Dan Linna ( for required documents and other information.

Friday, March 6, 2020
Technology at Society’s Frontier: Framing the Big Legal Issues, Northwestern University, San Francisco Campus 

As technology advances, can the law keep pace? Technology today raises many important legal questions. Should we use antitrust law to reign in tech platforms? How do we protect and balance free speech interests in a digital world? What can we learn from efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies? Rather than regulate in reaction to technology advancements, can law play a more proactive role to ensure that products and platforms respect human rights and democratic principles and comply with the law by design and default? Join us for a robust discussion about these topics and more. Learn more about our panel and discussions hereRegister here. 


Thursday, March 12, 2020 (POSTPONED - TO BE RESCHEDULED)

Lawyer Ethics, Artificial Intelligence, and Evaluating Legal Technology 

Please join us for the Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative monthly meeting, talks, and networking reception at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 (POSTPONED). We will meet from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Room RB150 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, with a networking reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but you must REGISTER. Space is limited. 

An increasing number of lawyers and organizations use data analytics, technology tools, and artificial intelligence to deliver legal services. In doing so, what’s required of lawyers to fulfill their ethical obligations, including competence, reasonable fees, supervision, client communication, and confidentiality? Our speakers will lead an engaging discussion in four parts: 

  • Overview of Lawyer Ethics and Legal Technology - Dr. Paul D. Paton, former Dean of Law and the Thomas W. Lawlor QC Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law 
  • Legal Data Sources and Analytics Challenges - Diana J. Koppang, Director of Research & Competitive Intelligence, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP 
  • AI and Confidentiality - Wendy Muchman, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Evaluating Legal Technology - Daniel W. Linna Jr., Director of Law and Technology Initiatives & Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering