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, April 19, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. CDT, Online 

Innovation Lab Law and Technology Demos

Interested in how technologies such as artificial intelligence can improve legal services? Join Northwestern Pritzker Law and Northwestern Engineering for the Innovation Lab Law and Technology Demos.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Chicago Time

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

Register Here

Registration is required

Five teams of Northwestern Computer Science and Law students developed technology solutions, working with project partners, under the direction of Professors Kris Hammond and Dan Linna. Watch their demos and Q&A with a panel of experts.


  • LexShift – Omnibus Legislation Review
  • Mayer Brown – Contract clause search & review
  • McGuireWoods – M&A Transaction Management
  • Northwestern Medicine – Health Data Sharing Enabled by Computable Contracts
  • Thomson-Reuters – Extracting and Classifying Information from Court Dockets and Evaluating Classifications for Bias


Professor Advisors/Moderators:

  • Daniel W. Linna Jr., Senior Lecturer and Director of Law and Technology Initiatives, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering 
  • Kris HammondBill and Cathy Osborn Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering 


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

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