The Research Triangle Park

2015 Hackcess to Justice

Event Sponsor

ABA Journal and North Carolina Bar Association

Event Contact

Hallie Kennedy
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Raleigh, NC Oct 24 10:00 am - Oct 25 7:30 pm


The North Carolina Bar Association in partnership with the ABA Journal, will present North Carolina’s first-ever access to justice “Hackathon!” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at the Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh.

#HackcessToJusticeNC is an opportunity for programmers and developers to form teams and use their entrepreneurial and coding skills to help the legal aid community by creating a technology-enabled solution for challenges faced by North Carolinians who cannot afford a lawyer.

Throughout the two-day event, representatives from legal aid organizations throughout North Carolina and other lawyers and legal professionals will be on site to discuss the unique issues that they and their clients face and the types of solutions they seek. Contestants are also encouraged to come up with their own ideas to help legal aid lawyers better use their limited resources and more effectively serve their clients.

The event begins on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. with registration and a kickoff breakfast, followed by the keynote address and the presentation of pitches and rules. Jeff Ward, director of Duke Law School’s Start-Up Ventures Clinic, will present the keynote address. After a lunch-and-learn session at noon, teams will work on their proposals from 1-5. On Oct. 25 contestants will return for breakfast at 9 a.m., and then go back to work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at which time their submissions are due.

Group presentations and judging of submissions will follow from 4:30 to 6, with announcement of winners and an awards reception at 6. First prize is $1,500, second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500. Associate Justice Barbara Jackson of the N.C. Supreme Court will be the featured speaker at the awards program.


Event Location

Campbell Law School - 225 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA