February 13, 2019 - Faculty Director Tanina Rostain Recognized as One of ABA's 2019 Women of Legal Tech

Our Faculty Director Tanina Rostain is being recognized by the American Bar Association as one of 2019’s “Women in Legal Tech”.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s  Women of Legal Tech initiative launched in 2015 to celebrate women in legal technology. The 2019 class will be recognized on February 27th in Chicago at the Women of Legal Tech Summit.

Professor Rostain focuses on the use of technology and data science to improve access to justice. Among other achievements, she is the founder of the Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, in which law students create legal service apps to help pro bono clients. She is also co-founder of the Justice Lab at Georgetown Law, which looks at innovative approaches to close the justice gap.

Professor Rostain is leading cutting-edge research on the use of technology and data to improve access to legal services. This spring, she will host an NSF-backed workshop bringing together data scientists, technologists, legal service providers, and community leaders to identify how publicly-available data sets could be used to help identify and serve individuals needing legal assistance. This effort seeks to harness the growing energy around the open data movement, and bring its benefits to the legal services community.

Under Professor Rostain's leadership, Georgetown has become a hub focused on these issues and related questions about technology in the justice system. For example, the Tech Institute is leading a two-year research project in partnership with the Self-Represented Litigation Network about the use of legal technology solutions to improve court services for self-represented litigants. We will soon embark on another project to create a body of “best practice” materials for technologists who wish to create legal tech solutions for pro bono clients, ensuring that new entrants to this field understand the specific challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities of creating legal technology solutions.

Professor Rostain is an inspiring leader, constantly thinking of new questions, approaches, and opportunities on the use of technology to improve access to justice. We’re thrilled she is being honored with this great award.