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

Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 12-1:30 p.m. CST, Online 

Big Law Innovation and Technology Adoption

What is the state of innovation and technology adoption in Big Law firms? Many clients demand that their law firms demonstrate a capacity to innovate and make the most of data and technology. The pandemic amplified client demands and accelerated the pace of change. How have law firms responded? Four Big Law innovation leaders will join us to describe innovation and technology adoption in their firms, outline a vision for the future, and suggest how law students and lawyers can prepare for the future. 

Join us to begin this important conversation with Amol Bargaje, Wendy Butler Curtis, Nicola Shaver, and David Wang in a virtual panel forum moderated by Dan Linna.

 Amol Bargaje, Global Chief Innovation Officer, Mayer Brown
 Wendy Butler Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick
 Nicola Shaver, Managing Director of Innovation and Knowledge, Paul Hastings
 David Wang , Chief Innovation Officer, Wilson Sonsini

 Daniel W. Linna Jr., Senior Lecturer & Director of Law and Technology Initiatives, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering

Register here to join us for this Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative program


Spring Quarter 2021

"Data Science and Law" IDEAL Institute Special Quarter

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

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