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

January 28, 2021 from 12-1:30 p.m. CST, Online
Watch the video of the event

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Lawyering and Law Firms 

Artificial Intelligence is transforming the future of work. AI has the potential to automate and augment many tasks. This transformation is leading to the creation of new roles and jobs to be done. How will AI impact the work of lawyers, legal professionals, and law firms? Our panelists will discuss the future of work, the work of lawyers and structure of law firms, and current uses of AI for legal services today. 


  • Stephen Poor, Partner and chair emeritus, Seyfarth 
  • Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 
  • Hyejin Youn, Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University 


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



February 5-6, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST, Online

Academic Symposium: Law + Computation: An Algorithm for the Rule of Law and Justice?

Co-organized by the Northwestern Law and Technology Initiative and the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 

Registration and additional information at:

Computation is poised to transform legal services, legal systems, and the law itself. Making the most of innovation and technology, and understanding the benefits and risks, requires deep collaboration between computer scientists and legal professionals (lawyers, academics, etc.). This interdisciplinary symposium brings together researchers working at the intersection of law and computation to explore the effects of computation on law. 
Each panel will discuss three themes: (1) technological capabilities today and in the future, (2) the impact on the rule of law and justice, including the risks and benefits of technology, and (3) the research and guidance required to chart a path to increased prosperity and justice in society with computation for legal services, legal systems, and the law.  

Conference Agenda and Format 

Panel format: 70 minutes each. Two panel chairs (one CS, one Law) to moderate and four panelists for each panelThe panel chairs open with a 3-5 minute intro of the topic and brief introduction of each panelist. Each panelist gives a 6-8-minute presentation (first 30-35 minutes of panel)During the discussion portion, one panel chair takes the lead, bringing in the second panel chair when appropriate, to ask follow-up questionsencourage discussion among panelists, and choose questions submitted by the audience (25 minutes). Each panelist gets one minute to share closing thoughts (final 5 minutes). 


Friday, February 5 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (Chicago time) 

9:00 - 9:15 

Opening Remarks 

9:15 - 9:35 


9:35 - 9:50 


Transition to Panel 1 

9:50 - 11:00 

Panel 1: Computation and Legal Services 

Panel chairs and moderators: 


  • Kevin Ashley,LawProfessor, CS Adjunct Professor, faculty member of Graduate Program in Intelligent Systems of the University of Pittsburgh 
  • Aloni Cohen, Postdoctoral Associate, Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University and the Boston University School ofLaw 
  • Maura Grossman, CS Research Professor, University of Waterloo 
  • Sarah Lawsky, Law Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 




Panel 2: Computation and Legal Systems 

Panel chairs and moderators: 


12:20 –12:30 


12:30 - 1:40 

Panel 3: Computation and Law and Regulation 

Panel chairs and moderators: 


  • Paul Gowder, Law Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 
  • Mireille HildebrandtResearch Professor on Interfacing Law and Technology,” Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) 
  • John McGinnisLaw Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 
  • Jamie Morgenstern, CS Professor, U. of Washington 

1:40- 2:00 

Virtual Networking and Discussions (extended to 3:00 for those who wish to stay) 



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

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