Law and Technology Initiative

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.

Meetings held the first Thursday of each month (beginning September 5, 2019).

At the September 5, 2019 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

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 10:00-10:30 AM CDT, Online 

LTI Virtual Coffee Chat -- Ben Rossen, Baker Botts Special Counsel - Privacy & Data Security

When: Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 10:00 AM-10:30 AM. Chicago Time

Where: Online via Zoom - Login details will be provided following registration. 

Open to: Northwestern students, faculty, and staff.

Registration link: 

Registration is required.

Join the weekly Virtual Coffee Chat on August 16, 10:00 - 10:30 AM CT, presented by the Law and Technology Initiative (LTI) at NU. Ben Rossen, Baker Botts Special Counsel, helps clients navigate the evolving privacy, cybersecurity, and antitrust regulatory environment, including advising on federal and state privacy and security compliance, responding to investigations, and litigating challenges filed by privacy regulators. Ben is a former senior attorney at the FTC with extensive experience handling high profile privacy and data security investigations. Ben will speak for about 8 minutes, and the remainder of the 30-minute meeting will be reserved for Q&A and informal discussion. 

More about Ben Rossen: 


Thank you to LKQ Corporation for its support of the Law and Technology Initiative.

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