LSC's Tech Download Newsletter | January 2021
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An Insider's Guide to LSC's Virtual Innovations in Technology Conference – January 12-14

Each year, LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference (ITC) brings together technologists, legal aid advocates, court personnel, academics and other professionals to explore innovative ways of using technology to expand access to justice and high-quality legal representation. This year, the conference is coming to you virtually on January 12-14 and will offer the same great content, reimagined for a new environment. 

ITC is poised to have its biggest event ever this year, with close to 900 registered attendees. There are more than 40 sessions scheduled (a combination of pre-recorded and live events) on a wide variety of legal tech and access-to-justice topics.

This edition of LSC's Tech Download focuses exclusively on ITC. It highlights tips for attendees to enhance the conference experience. We encourage you to log into the conference platform early so that you can begin viewing sessions and get comfortable with the virtual environment. 
Learn more about ITC

How to Attend ITC Remotely

LSC is using Whova to connect attendees to the virtual conference. To maximize the interactive portion of the live event, about half of the ITC sessions are available to view in advance. During the conference the week of January 12-14, each recorded presentation will have a companion 20-minute live discussion. 

We encourage you to watch these recorded presentations and use the Q&A feature to ask questions. You can also vote on questions asked by others that you want to have answered.

To start watching, you need to sign up for the ITC21 platform on Whova (create a login using your conference registration email). If you have already signed up, be sure you are logged into Whova

Log in to: 
  • View the ITC agenda and plan your schedule
  • Ask speakers questions in Session Q&A
  • Get presentation documents and slides
See tips on using Whova

Conference Highlights 

The ITC schedule is now online! Here are a few of the highlights: 
Plenary Discussion: Technology and Access to Justice
The plenary panel features LSC President Ron Flagg; Larry Irving, President and CEO, The Irving Group; and Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. They discuss technology and access to justice from three different perspectives: the courts, legal aid organizations and the technology community.

Responses to COVID-19
Several sessions explore how legal aid organizations and courts have used technology to respond to the pandemic, particularly in the area of remote legal services delivery.   Regulatory Reform 
Regulatory reform continues to be a major focus for the legal tech community. These sessions look at how to make it easer for technology to expand access to justice. Usability and the User Experience
Two sessions focus on usability, the user experience and how to create technology solutions that benefit low-income individuals.
See the full ITC schedule

Live "Talk Justice" Podcast Recording

cover of Talk Justice podcast
ITC's closing session will feature a live episode of "Talk Justice," LSC's podcast. LSC Emerging Leaders Council member Jason Tashea will host a conversation on how technological innovations can expand access to justice with speakers including Steve McGarrity, Executive Director, Community Legal Aid Services and Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, CIO, Legal Services of Greater Miami. 

Also check out a recent episode teasing the upcoming conference featuring Tashea; Bob Ambrogi, a lawyer and a legal tech journalist; Amanda BrownFounder and Executive Director, Lagniappe Law Lab; and Jane Ribadeneyra, LSC’s Program Analyst for Technology. 

LSC's "Talk Justice" is available on Spotify, Apple, Stitcher and other popular podcast apps.
Listen to past episodes

General Information

CLE Day (January 11)
LSC is partnering with the Practising Law Institute to offer a pre-conference CLE Day program on Remote Legal Services Delivery on January 11. ITC attendees can earn up to three CLE credits (including an ethics credit). It will be free for attendees from a legal aid organization, 501(c)(3) non-profit, government organization or who provide pro bono services.

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Join the conversation! Use #LSCITC to share your ITC takeaways and legal tech insights.

Conference registration is still open! Please register here.
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