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.

Monday, Oct. 14, 6-8pm
Regulating Big Tech? Transnational Perspectives on Privacy, Antitrust and Consumer Protection - Andreas Götze, Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Marc Rotenberg, Ingrid Schneider, James B. Speta, & Matthew Kugler - Room RB140, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Please register to attend.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 (noon to 1pm)
Online Dispute Resolution, Courts, and Lawyers - Noam Ebner (Creighton). Please register to attend.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-6pm
Access to Court Records Initiative; David Schwartz, Kris Hammond, and others & (2) A Network Theory of Patentability, Laura Pedraza-Fariña (N Law). Please register to attend.

[Training Seminar: AI in the Enterprise (Legal-Services Version)] - details TBA.

January / February
[Mini-Conference: Law and Technology topics featuring academics and practitioners] - details TBA.

Friday, March 6, 2020
[Technology at Society’s Frontier: The Big Legal Issues], Northwestern San Francisco Campus - details TBA.