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Hackcess to Justice Louisiana 2015: An Access to Justice Hackathon

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: 7:30 am to 7:00 pm

Contact: Tori Luwisch · valuwisc@loyno.edu · 504-861-5563

Location: Loyola College of Law, 526 Pine St., New Orleans, LA 70118

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HACKCESS TO JUSTICE LOUISIANA 2015: An Access to Justice Hackathon

March 21-22, 2015 at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Presented by the ABA Journal and the Louisiana State Bar Association, #HackcesstoJusticeNOLA is your opportunity to use your legal, entrepreneurial, coding and other skills to help Louisiana’s legal aid community by creating a technology-enabled solution for the numerous challenges faced by citizens who cannot afford a lawyer and the lawyers trying to serve them.

These legal aid organizations and their lawyers want your help to improve the delivery of legal aid services to Louisiana’s population by, generally, making information about who they serve and the kind of services they provide more available to the public and, more specifically, helping them use their limited resources more efficiently while serving the unique needs of their clients.

Representatives from legal aid organizations throughout Louisiana will be on site to discuss the unique issues that they and their clients face and the types of solutions they seek.

Or, if you have your own idea to help legal aid lawyers better use their limited resources and more effectively serve their clients, bring it to life at #HackcesstoJusticeNola!

The Challenge

Create a technology-enabled solution to improve the delivery of legal aid services to citizens of Louisiana who cannot afford a lawyer and for the lawyers that serve them. The solutions can include, generally,  making information about legal aid services more publicly available to, more specifically, helping legal aid organizations and lawyers  use their limited resources more efficiently while serving the unique needs of their clients.

Mission Statement

The 2014-2015 Louisiana State Bar Association Leadership Class and the ABA Journal are hosting "Hackcess to Justice," a hackathon to encourage the legal and tech communities to develop innovative tools to help break down the barriers for low-income individuals in need of access to lawyers and legal services for civil legal issues.

The judges will award three prizes: $1500 to the first place submission; $1000 to the second place submission; $500 to the third place submission. If a winning submission is by a team, the prize money will be shared equally with all participants on the team.


Anyone may enter, but in order to be eligible for a prize, participants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and have a valid social security number. 


Submissions should be in the form of a technology-enabled solution that addresses the general or specific needs of the state’s legal aid community while keeping in mind the more general goal of insuring broader access to justice.

Submissions can be anything that is technology-enabled: an app, a website, code, software, etc.


For more information, please visit:





  • Gillis Long Poverty Law Center
  • Law
  • Law Centennial
  • Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice