Legal Hackathons: Where Law meets Innovation

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Florencia Souse

Florencia Souse

The Israeli chapter of the Global Legal Hackathon 2020 – the biggest legal tech & innovation event in the world – will take place on March 5th and 6th 2020 in Tel Aviv (Israel).

Looking forward to such event, following, you will find a brief “all-you-should-know” guide about Legal Hackathons, their mission, and an overview of past Legal Hackathon events in Israel.

What is a Legal Hackathon?

A Hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. Participants typically form groups of about 2-5 individuals, take out their laptops (if the event is technology themed), and dive into problems.

In particular, a Legal Hackathon is a marathon of legal innovation ran through the intensive work of lawyers-enthusiasts, IT specialists, mentors and all those who work at the intersections of law and technology.

Why do Lawyers need Legal Hackathons?

  • Team: it is an opportunity for lawyers to create new teams or join existing teams.
  • Idea: lawyers can prototype/test ideas. It is also an opportunity to experience the process of creating innovation.
  • Networking with legal tech-enthusiasts and experts: opportunity to be globally informed about lawyers’ innovation solutions for the legal industry.
  • Prizes: the winners get prizes, such as the opportunity to participate in the global winning awards Gala and Finals in New York City, legal representation from top-tier legal practices and access to leading technological platforms.

Global Legal Hackathon

Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) is the largest legal innovation initiative in the world. Its mission is bringing the legal industry together with tech and innovation globally with one purpose:

  • Rapid development of solutions for improving the legal industry world-wide.

Israel Legal Hackathon

With the aim of creating innovative legal tech solutions to further improve the legal service delivery in Israel, on February 2018, Israel became part of the host-countries of the GLH.

Overview of Israel’s 2018 & 2019 Legal Hackathons

  • Israel’s 1st Legal Hackathon (February 2018)

Israel’s 1st Legal Hackathon was organized by Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co (FBC & Co) in collaboration with Tech&Law Israel – LINK.

Whilst FBC&Co is an Israeli full-service firm, Tech&Law is Israel’s first legaltech community, which main purpose is to bring Israeli innovation to the legaltech sector.

Nearly 100 people participated in Israel’s 1st Legal Hackathon. Teams developed solutions that fit into either of these two streams (the “Hacking Streams”):

  1. Private Benefit: The Business & Practice of Law.
  2. Public Benefit: Good Government, Legal Systems & Access to Justice (A2J).

About 2018’s winning team

Team “Robota” (Yulia Kniazev, Nir Forer, Orly Yeruham), who built a bot that enables people to file independent claims at Israel’s labor courts was the winner of Israel Legal Hackathons 2018.

As a prize, team “Robota” won the opportunity to participate on the global winners’ awards gala in New York City, which took place on April 21, 2018, as well as one year legal representation by the high-tech practice of FBC & Co., and the ability to attract investment in projects.

  • Israel’s 2nd Legal Hackathon (February 2019)

Israel’s 2nd Legal Hackathon was also organized by FBC & Co in collaboration with Tech&Law (Israel) – LINK.

This time, more than 100 people participated on Israel 2nd Legal Hackathon. As on 1st Legal Hackathon, participating teams developed solutions that fit into either Private Benefit or Public Benefit.

About 2019’s winning team

Team “Legal Force” (Yonatan Ronski, Yanay Tevet, Yonatan Adomi, Ben Yohay, Gil Chen and Shai Shulman), who developed an improved solution for contract review and internal negotiation system for in-house lawyers was the winner of Israel Legal Hackathons 2019.

As a price, team “Legal Force” won the opportunity to participate on the Global Winners Awards Gala and finals in New York City on May 4, 2019, as well as the representation by FBC & Co and the ability to attract investment in projects.

Looking forward to the upcoming 2020 Legal Hackathon

This year, the Israel chapter of the GLH 2020 will take place on March 5th and 6th, 2020 at Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzker Barak Offices (Pearl Cohen) in Azrieli Sarona, Tel Aviv.

Legal Tech Hack IL (Israel’s 3rd Legal Hackathon) will be hosted by Pearl Cohen, an international law and patent attorneys, along with the collaboration of Tech&Law (Israel).

Legal Tech Hack IL’s Hacking Streams will be the same as on 2018 and 2019 (either Public or Private Benefit).

Legal Tech Hack IL is a great opportunity for lawyers, startup entrepreneurs, software developers, designers and also students to position themselves at the forefront of legal and business innovation.

For more information about Legal Tech Hack IL (#GLH2020), please enter https://www.legaltechhackil.co.il

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