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.

Recent past events


Upcoming Events


Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST
Michael Genesereth "Computational Law - The Cop in the Backseat" 

Where: Online 

For Panopto Livestream click here.

Michael Genesereth, Stanford computer science professor, will speak about computational law on June 3 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time in connection with the Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering
Computer Science CS+X Colloquium

Abstract: Computational Law is a branch of Legal Informatics concerned with the codification of rules and regulations in computable form. From a philosophical point of view, Computational Law is most closely associated with the formalist school of jurisprudence. From a practical point of view, it is the basis for the implementation and deployment of computer systems capable of doing useful legal calculations, such as compliance checking, legal planning, and so forth. Computational Law has the potential to dramatically change the legal profession, improving the quality and efficiency of legal services and possibly disrupting the way law firms do business. More broadly, the technology has the potential to bring legal understanding and legal tools to everyone in society, not just legal professionals, thus enhancing access to justice and improving the legal system as a whole.

Biography: Michael Genesereth is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and a professor by courtesy in the Stanford Law School. He received his Sc.B. in Physics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Genesereth is most known for his work on Computational Logic and applications of that work in Enterprise Management, Computational Law, and General Game Playing. He is the director of the Logic Group at Stanford and the founder and research director of CodeX - the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.