posted Aug 24, 2016

Symposium to Explore Impact of Technology in Access to Justice

In civil cases, people unable to afford legal counsel must represent themselves in court. Accessing the same information available to attorneys can pose a significant challenge in dealing with the complexity of the legal system.

Recognizing the impact that technology can have in access to justice, the University of Washington School of Law is hosting the firstĀ Technology & Justice Symposium September 9 through 10. Organized by the Washington State Access to Justice Board and co-sponsored by the UW Information School and Seattle University School of Law, the event will connect those working in law, technology, legal aid and nonprofits to work toward improving outcomes in access to justice.

The Access to Justice Board and its Technology Committee works to ensure that technology reduces or eliminates barriers and creates new pathways to equal and meaningful justice. The symposium will explore current court and legal system technology, societal and legal technology innovation and the Access to Justice Technology Principles through a series of panels, flash talks and small group workshop sessions.

Committee co-chairs Judge Laura Bradley and Emily McReynolds will open the symposium, and Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will give the welcoming remarks.

Other presentations include Jim Bamberger, director, Office of Civil Legal Aid and Don Horowitz, former King County Superior Court Judge, on the impact of the Technology Principles, and a discussion on the potential of law and technology programs to improve access to justice.

For more information, contact Emily McReynolds at or 206-685-4533.