Today, our Tenth Iron Tech Lawyer Competition showcased apps created by Georgetown Law students to improve access to justice.
Created in our Georgetown Law class on Technology, Innovation and Law, the apps addressed a range of social and legal challenges with innovative new approaches. Students presented their work in a final pitch competition attended by experts from the access to justice community, with over 200 viewers casting votes online.
The winning app was the Whitman-Walker Health D.C. Name Change App, which helps D.C. adults who identify as transgender or gender expansive to change their legal names. The app transforms a lengthy, confusing process into a convenient, time-saving experience by populating three forms: a Name Change Petition, a Fee Waiver Request, and a Motion to Seal their Petition.
The award for excellence in design went to The Legal Check Up app, designed for Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance to identify potential legal concerns for cancer patients in an attempt to provide a more comprehensive approach to healthcare.
The social media prize (for greatest popular vote) went to Navi-Gator, which helps people required to register after conviction determine how to comply with Illinois law. The app features a GPS-driven map that determines where such a person can live, work, and travel, and connects them to resources and a user community.
The class’s other exceptional projects were:
Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i’s Community Navigator Issue Spotting Tool, which helps community navigators in Hawai'i identify legal issues in their communities
WomensLaw.org Resource Finder, which helps victims of abuse obtain safety resources and referrals to shelters; diagnoses their legal issues; and helps them understand court processes.
TEXPunction and Nondisclosure Eligibility, which provides users looking to clear their criminal history a tool to determine whether they are eligible for expunction and/or a nondisclosure order.
You can read more about the apps and watch the student presentations at www.irontechlawyer.com, and on Twitter following @GtwnIronTech and #IronTechLawyer.