Photo Courtesy of @computational

On Wednesday night, Seyfarth hosted the first meeting of the Chicago Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup. We had about 100 attendees for the event, despite the early arrival of winter weather in Chi-town. Dan Linna, Dan Katz and Michael Bommarito organized the Meetup, which is based on the successful model already operating in many other cities.

We had six speakers Wednesday night, covering the following four topics:

  • “Legal Innovation and Change Management – The In-House View” — Carla Goldstein, Associate General Counsel & Director of Strategic Initiatives, BMO Financial Group
  • “Tiny Data” — Andrew M. Baker, Global Director of Legal Technology Innovations Office & Amani Smathers, Associate Legal Solutions Architect, SeyfarthLean Consulting, LLC
  • A2J Author” — Ron Staudt, Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law &  John Mayer, Executive Director at Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • “Three Forms of Prediction: Experts, Crowds, and Algorithms” — Dan Katz, Professor at Michigan State University College of Law

Each presentation lasted about 15 minutes and gave the crowd a great introduction to the topic. We also had some time before and after the event for a bit of networking, and discussion about the next Meetup. Check out the Storify put together by Seyfarth’s own content marketing guru, Molly Porter:



You can learn more about the Chicago Meetup by following it on Twitter:


Other Meetups or legal hacker groups that I know about include:

@legalhackDET – Detroit

@legalhackNYC – New York City


@legaltechSEA – Seattle

@DClegalhackers – Washington, DC

@legalhackersSWE – Sweden

If you are interested in starting a Meetup for legal hackers near you, I’d suggest contacting Phil Weiss @philwdjjd who founded (@legalhackers).

I have started a public Twitter list for the legal hackers meetups and groups listed above under the (highly creative) name LegalHackers (please follow to stay up-to-date on what’s hacking), but if you know of others you think should be on the list, please let me know: @leanlawstrategy.