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March 28, 2022

Program to examine opportunities to change access to the law amid technological advances

CHICAGO, March 28, 2022 — The sixth virtual Redesigning Legal Speaker Series will take place on Thursday, March 31, and explore issues surrounding opening up access to the law, resources in the court systems and the potential for new opportunities. 

What:               Redesigning Legal: Opening the Law for New Opportunities

When:              Thursday, March 31, noon-1 p.m., EDT

Where:             Online

The concept of silos has long plagued the legal system, reflected by limitations on access to justice statistics and financial stress on court systems, among other indicators. But with digitization of more processes in the legal profession and society, not without drawbacks. The panel, moderated by Jameson Dempsey, a board member of Legal Hackers, a technology attorney and public policy advocate, will explore these issues. Panelists are:

  • Katherine Alteneder joined the Alaska court system in 2001 to develop a statewide family law self-help center, resulting in the nation’s first virtual self-help center. In 2008 she moved to private practice, establishing a successful initiative supporting self-represented litigants in Alaska. Alteneder is also focused on building delivery systems for rural and vulnerable populations and creating community based legal assistance environments.
  •  Carl Malamud, a technologist, author and public domain advocate, is known for his foundation Public.Resource.Org. He founded the Internet Multicasting Service. During his time there, he was responsible for developing the first internet radio station and for putting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database online. Malamud is the author of eight books and a visiting professor at the MIT Media Laboratory.
  • Beth Simone Noveck is a professor at Northeastern University where she directs the Burnes Family Center for Global Impact and its partner project, the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is the author of “Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World,” which was named a “Best Book of 2021” by Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Launched in June 2021, the Redesigning Legal Speaker Series features legal industry leaders and experts who offer a variety of perspectives and break down common assumptions and misunderstandings, as well as provide information on the nature and scope of the access to justice challenges and barriers to sustainable legal access.

The series is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver (IAALS) and Legal Hackers, in addition to support from three ABA entities: Center for Innovation, Center for Professional Responsibility and the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

Registration is free but required in advance and can be found at the bottom of this webpage. Media who would like to attend this virtual event are asked to email Kelsey Montague at IAALS at [email protected] or Bill Choyke at the ABA at [email protected].

About sponsors of the series:

IAALS is a national, independent research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system. Our mission is to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system.

Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Through local meetups, hackathons and workshops, Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.


The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews.