Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational
Welcome to the Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational, an international competition for student-created tech solutions that help bridge the justice gap! Student teams from around the world showcase legal tech and data analysis tools they have developed to help improve access to justice.
The third annual Iron Tech Invitational 2022 was be held virtually April 29, 2022. To qualify, the tools must have been completed for a pro bono organizational client, and developed in an academic course or supervised independent study over the course of the current academic school year. For full competition rules and how to get involved for 2022, see below.
The invitational is an open version of Georgetown’s Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, which has now been in operation for 12 semesters under the leadership of Georgetown Professor Tanina Rostain. Each year, Georgetown students create apps for pro bono organizational clients and face off in a intraschool competition just like the international invitational.
The 2021 Winners of the Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational are:
This app facilitates formal complaints against the Calgary Police Service and, in so doing, improve upon the current complaint systems. The project was initiated and designed in consultation with Evan Woolley, City Councillor for Ward 8 of Calgary, and his assistant Michael Mooney. In consultation, the following objectives were established for the complaint system: functional and easy to use; accessible to people of varied backgrounds and abilities; a legally sound and technologically secure design; and provides a tangible result that keeps the Calgary Police Service accountable. From these goals, the project was designed around six criteria—functionality, ease of use, privacy, accountability, informative, and aesthetic.
The Team:Prabhjot K. Punnia, JD, 2022
Denis Ram, JD, 2021
Karyna Omelchenko, JD, 2022
Darren Wagner, JD, 2022
SECOND PLACE (Shared):
Living with Conviction utilizes storytelling and legal empowerment strategies to advocate for an end to legal financial obligations (LFOs), which courts impose on criminal defendants at the time of sentencing. Until recently, LFOs, i.e., fines, fees, costs, and victim restitution, accrued at a 12% interest rate. Today, thanks to LFO reforms, formerly incarcerated individuals now may file a motion with the court to request a waiver of the interest accrued on non-restitution LFOs.The Justice in Motion app guides users (formerly incarcerated individuals) through a streamlined app to fill out a motion to be submitted to the court. The app acknowledges the reality that the majority of our target audience will be pro se litigants. As a result, the app attempts to allow people to assist themselves by providing an easy-to-understand breakdown of “Next Steps” instructions in addition to the motion packet.
The Team:Jahi Beal, JD, 2022
Claire Brown, JD, 2022
Sabrina Pearce, JD, 2022
Alessandra Schaszberger, JD, 2021
When someone passes on in Singapore, their estate must be administered by either the Executor of their will, or an Administrator if they died intestate. A Grant of Letters of Administration or Probate, obtained via an application to the court, is necessary for the administration of a deceased’s estate. While the existing process was designed to permit applications without a lawyer’s assistance, it becomes tedious as applicants have to be physically present and handwrite their applications at the service bureau. Moreover, the form is couched in inaccessible “legalese” and any errors in the application would bring applicants back to square one. ProbateHelpers plugs this time and resource intensive lacuna by enabling most of the application to be done online and remotely, while simplifying the language used. It also seeks to better inform applicants about the process and reduce errors with its accompanying visual guide and explanations.
The Team:Teo Sijing, LLB, 2021
Pek Hui Leng Jolene, Bachelor of Science (Information Systems), 2022
Nur Shukrina Binte Abdul Salam, LLB, 2021
Wong Min Hui, LLB, 2022
Sim Qian Hui, LLB, 2022
Victor Tang, LLB, 2021
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