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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Please join us for the Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative monthly meeting, talks, and networking at 12:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) on Thursday, September 17. We will meet online from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., with networking afterwards (1:00 to 1:30 p.m.). There is no charge to attend, but you must register. Register here. Please contact Dan Linna with any questions.  

This month’s topic is:  
Legal PredictionPossibilities and Pitfalls

An increasing number of law firms are using data analytics to predict outcomes in legal matters. During this session, Megan EIrwin and James C. Yoon will provide concrete examples of legal prediction in law firms today. Diana J. Koppang will present a study comparing data retrieved across legal analytics platforms. The speakers will discuss the possibilities and potential pitfalls for using legal analytics in the future. 

Speakers will include: 
· Megan E. Irwin, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 
· Diana J. Koppang, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg 
· James C. Yoon, Wilson Sonsini 



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