Invitation to Participate

Want to Change the (Legal) World? Team-up with ALA for the 2018 Global Legal Hackathon!

The 2018 Global Legal Hackathon, February 23–25, will engage law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments and legal industry service providers from across the globe to collaborate in the rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry, worldwide.

ALA is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the U.S. host sites for the event. As a host, ALA’s headquarters will serve as an incubator for legal industry thought leaders developing technologies, software and development tools to advance the business of law. These solutions can be ones that help improve the business and practice of law (private benefit) or ones that support good government initiatives, legal systems or access to justice.

In addition to hosting, ALA would like to field a team of its own. We are looking for legal management practitioners, technology experts, legal entrepreneurs and others looking to make a difference. Our plan is to focus our hackathon efforts on developing practical applications, tools and resources leveraging the Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS). The UPBMS is ALA’s comprehensive system of codes — a taxonomy — that encompasses the wide variety of processes needed to support the practice of law. We believe the code set provides a resource for a wide range of applications, including process improvement initiatives, organizational alignment, matter management and budgeting, among others. While we are continuing to refine the code set, we are also looking to create specific applications and toolkits to help the industry adopt and implement the code set. The hackathon gives us an ideal opportunity to create those resources. For more information on the UPBMS, click here.

If you, or any of your colleagues (ALA members and nonmembers) are interested in participating, we would be delighted to have you join us in this innovative event. Please contact Oliver Yandle, ALA’s Executive Director at, by February 16 at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time to express your interest and for more information.

We look forward to innovating with you!