Georgetown Law was recognized as the 2017 Organization of the Year by DC Legal Hackers’ at their annual Le Hackies Awards this week, for the school's combined work in promoting technology in law school, policy, and legal scholarship.
Professor Paul Ohm, who teaches classes on technology and privacy, as well as our popular course "Computer Programming for Lawyers", accepted the award.
Georgetown Law had a great showing in several other categories as well. Our adjuncts, Tech Institute Fellows, current students and alumni had a hand in several of the “Top Ten Legal Hacks of the Year.”
Tech Institute Fellow Jaime Petenko partnered with Adjunct Professor Alan DeLevie, Rebecca Williams, Wendy Knox Everette and the ACLU to organize last summer’s Digital Security Training for Advocates, hosted by the Tech Institute at Georgetown Law.
Current Georgetown Law student Ethan Plail was recognized alongside Professor Paul Ohm for his help leading Paul’s trailblazing course on “Computer Programming for Lawyers."
Georgetown Law Alum (’11) and USA Today Investigative Reporter Brad Heath won the night’s “Best Hack” award for his revolutionary provision of unprecedented public access to, and real-time updates on, federal court filings in major federal cases—including the Mueller prosecutions and challenges to President Trump’s executive orders—through his “Big Cases Bot” on twitter @big_cases.
DC Legal Hackers is the DC Chapter of a nationwide movement of hacking and technology groups with members who care about the intersection of law and technology and “seek to improve legal practice through technology while simultaneously using legal skills to promote technological innovation and exploration.” The group holds regular events on a wide range of activities at the intersection of law and technology around town.
We’re proud to be a part of DC’s Legal Hacking community, and of all Georgetown Law’s many efforts to promote technology in law school curricula, legal scholarship, and political advocacy. Congratulations to all who were honored at this year’s Le Hackies!