If You Talk the Talk, You Gotta Walk the Walk
First, Happy New Year! We hope you and your families are off to a great start to 2019.
Second, about that blog title . . . .
Over the last month, on this blog, we’ve talked a lot about the intersection of technology, specifically legal technology, and law practice management. We’ve also discussed how lawyer coworking fits into that equation. The thesis being: there’s a way to make the cost of practicing law more economical for solo and small firm lawyers. And if we win on that front, then we have a greater chance of enhancing the impact for solo and small firm lawyers by being a platform of empowerment.
But, what is CoLaw really doing to make this happen? Here’s a preview.
In 2018, the Global Legal Hackathon hosted a worldwide legal tech competition for one purpose: “Rapid development of solutions for improvement of the legal industry worldwide.” Over 5,000 competitors from 22 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the UAE, the United Kingdom, and the United States) participated in the event. Four winners were declared:
Revealu (Hungary) - A solution for requesting your GDPR data from providers such as Facebook and Google, among others.
Decoding Law (Hong Kong) - A machine learning browser plug-in that helps people read and understand legislation.
Lex Lucid (Denver, CO) - A platform to provide unbiased attorney ratings for online contracts, helping consumers make educated decisions about the products and services they use, while motivating businesses to make fairer and simpler contracts.
RightsNow (New York, NY) - A platform designed to give trustworthy, consistent, and conversational access to legal information via voice.
However, neither Charlotte nor North Carolina was a host site in last year’s competition. We’d like to change that.
This year, from February 22 through February 24, Global Legal Hackathon will host the second annual competition. CoLaw has applied to host the competition. We are particularly excited about being an active participant in identifying and delivering legal tech solutions that enhance the impact of solo and small firm lawyers. That’s the change we believe in.
Fingers crossed and stay tuned!