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Loyola College of Law to host 'Hackcess to Justice' competition

Loyola press release - March 4, 2015

Loyola University New Orleans, the ABA Journal and the Louisiana State Bar Association are teaming up to host ”Hackcess to Justice Louisiana 2015: A Social Justice Hackathon” on Saturday, March 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Loyola's College of Law, located at 526 Pine Street. The two-day event invites entrepreneurs, coders and developers to compete for prize money by collaborating with the legal community to develop technology that would increase access to the civil justice system for Louisiana citizens who are unable to afford lawyers.

It's all part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by IBERIABANK, and is designed to provide Louisiana's underfunded and overburdened legal aid providers with better ways to serve Louisiana's population by making information about services more available and using resources more efficiently. Representatives from legal aid organizations will be on site to discuss the unique issues that they and their clients face and the types of solutions they seek.

You do not have to be a lawyer to participate. Anyone may enter, but to be eligible for a prize, participants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and must have a valid Social Security number. Prize money will be awarded to the top "hacks": $1,500 to the first place submission, $1,000 to the second place submission, and $500 to the third place submission. If a winning entry is submitted by a team, the prize money will be shared equally with all team members.

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 ensuring broader access to justice. Submissions can be anything that is technology-enabled ─ an app, a website, a code, software, etc.

For more information, please visit http://hackcesstojusticenola.challengepost.com or http://abajournal.com/hackathon or http://www.noew.org/events/read/hackcess-to-justice-louisiana-part-1.