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ABA collaborates with Cisco, CuroLegal to develop app to support victims of hate crimes

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ABA collaborates with Cisco, CuroLegal to develop app to support victims of hate crimes

By Irma Romero

CHICAGO, March 15, 2017 — The American Bar Association’s new Center for Innovation is developing a browser-based app designed to help victims of hate crimes identify, report and find resources in their local communities.

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As part of the effort, the center is tapping the technology expertise of software development firm CuroLegal and support from global technology leader Cisco, as well as Stanford University and Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Development of the app will be the focus of an all-day work session on Monday, March 20, at Suffolk Law.

The Boston event will bring together lawyers, designers, subject matter experts and various other stakeholders in a design sprint to develop a prototype and test versions of the app for hate-crime victims. The attendees will include members of communities of color, LGBTQ advocates and representatives from various religions who will be asked to draw from their experiences to help develop the app.

“The ABA is pleased to join with Cisco and others to chart new territory dealing with technology and access to justice issues,” ABA President Linda A. Klein said. “This application will greatly help victims of hate crimes identify, report and find resources in their local communities.”

The ABA collaboration with Cisco, a world leader of web-based networking products and services, represents one of a number of new projects for the ABA Center for Innovation. The center was established in September 2016 to encourage and accelerate innovations that improve the accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of legal services and to transform how the public accesses the law and legal information.

“Cisco’s proud to support the application of smart networking technology to drive access to justice and solve pressing social needs,” said Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice president and general counsel. “By helping citizens determine for themselves whether their rights have been violated by hate crimes, and how to get help, the ABA is driving innovation and efficiency into provision of legal services.”

Media seeking more information or wishing to attend the work session at Suffolk University Law School should contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or email him at bill.choyke@americanbar.org.

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Cisco is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Its people, products and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. For more information on the company, click here.

CuroLegal is a strategy, design and software development firm focusing exclusively on innovation in the legal industry. Run by lawyers, Curo helps legal industry clients design and build digital products aimed at making the law more accessible and making lawyers more efficient. For more information go to www.curolegal.com.