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DLA Piper Access to Justice and Technology Summit

Access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law and underpins the full and free enjoyment of all other rights. While technology has fundamentally reshaped our lives and the way we access information and services, access to justice remains an inaccessible or protracted process for many.  

DLA Piper and PILnet are hosting the Summit to examine the possibilities that technology may provide to improve access to justice around the world, and to find innovative and workable solutions so that people in need have access to effective remedies, regardless of ability to pay.  Participants from government and UN officials, tech industry experts, civil society, technology funders, academia, pro bono lawyers and social entrepreneurs will have the time and space to explore and think about novel technology solutions to access to justice challenges on a global scale. 

The Summit features remarkable speakers from all over the world including Richard Susskind (IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales), Margaret Hagan (Director of the Legal Design Lab, Stanford University), Dame Hazel Genn (Dean of the Faculty of Laws and Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at University College London), Shannon Salter (Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal in British Columbia), Lance Bartholomeusz (Principal Legal Adviser, Head of Legal Affairs Service at UNHCR), Jim Sandman (President of the Legal Services Corporation, USA), Professor Tanina Rostain (Georgetown University Law Center), Matthew Stubenberg (Associate Director of Legal Technology, Harvard A2J Tech Law), Vincent Richardson (International CTO, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies), Fiona McLeay (CEO and Commissioner at Legal Services Board in Australia), Professor Dan Katz (Illinois Tech, Chicago Kent Law), Erika Rickard (Senior Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trust) and more. Utilizing a framework of four pillars, the A2J & Technology Summit will examine: The Digital Divide: Economic and social inequality in access to technologies is causing a digital divide. 

Is access to justice using technology a remote possibility for them? 

Legal Empowerment: How can technology increase people's ability to understand and make use of the law? Access to advice and assistance: How do legal aid lawyers, boards, pro bono lawyers, bar associations, government legal aid providers, etc., use technology to improve their impact and reach more people? Online Dispute Resolution: How can technology not only break down the barriers and provide open access to dispute resolution for all but also innovate in the justice system?

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