A version of this post was originally posted on Linkedin on 2 March 2018 and has been republished here with permission.
Last month, I had the privilege of mentoring at the Melbourne Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) at Monash University. 40 cities across six continents hosted their own legal hackathon from 23 -25 February.
Hackathons often get called out for being too novel and detached from reality. For most teams, a weekend of hacking will not often translate into a startup. But hackathons serve a greater purpose than that.
The GLH provided a forum for participants to meet their future co-founders, to challenge their assumptions about the legal sector and it gave participants a moment to envision and re-imagine what the legal sector could be.
Our generation has the chance to create their own opportunities in the law. Let’s keep that momentum going. There are many outstanding events coming up in March and I hope you take the time to attend some of them.
1. Redesigning Justice: Melbourne Design Week 2018
2. In Conversation – Open Mic by The Legal Forecast
3. Subscribe to Lexoo InCounsel Weekly
4. Getting client-focused in the justice system
If you’re interested in access to justice, understanding client-focused design is key. Peter Noble shares some of his insight and a few good examples.
5. NewLaw: New Lawyers Symposium
Latrobe University is hosting a symposium on how the legal profession is changing, and how lawyers might respond to that change on 15 March. Learn more here.
6. Law By Design
This online book was created by lawyer and designer Margaret Hagan to share her insights into the legal design process. The book lays out a pathway to solving legal problems in a creative, user-centred and collaborative way.
7. Beyond Billables Podcast
8. Connect with ACJI
The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University strives to improve justice systems through research, education and community engagement. You can get involved by following us on social media, attending our events or signing up to our mailing list.
About Olivia Bakyew
Olivia is a project officer at Victoria Legal Aid working on assessing legal need using data-driven and human-approached based methodologies.