Usable Court Systems

How could we build court systems that are more usable for the people who have filed suits — and who have to administer the services to these parties? There is no question our court systems are in crisis: overloaded, but incapable of delivering efficient or satisfactory outcomes.

Another branch of questions — How could we convert court filings and other legal documents into formats that could be easily processed into high quality databases?  If we could establish this strong, reliable foundation of data in law — then there would be a rich set of applications that could be constructed on top of it.

Posts on Court & Dispute Design
09/15/2014

Redesigning a Legal Bill

On his blog “the [non]billable hour”, legal consultant Matt Homann challenged law firms to design a more readable, engaging, client-centered bill for legal services. If your clients designed your bills, what would they look like?  Would they be easier to understand?  Contain useful case status information?  How about upcoming dates or milestones?  Would your bills include information about the

08/28/2014

California Pleading Bank: a ‘githubbing law’ project

The State of California has a Pleading Bank that can be used by a licensed attorney to find sample, guiding documents to expedite her work.  It links back to our earlier discussion on this site as to potential Form/Document sharing among legal professionals — as a model for Githubbing Legal Work Product among lawyers. It

08/05/2014

Githubbing Law: Open-source legal doc repositories

What would a Github for Law look like? And is it worth building? This afternoon I got an email from a site visitor who asked if I knew of any projects in the works that stakes a Github for Lawyers out — and if there is a profitable business model in such an undertaking. Github

07/09/2014

Designing corporate responsibility policies

From WeHave the Future, in Veneto region of Northern Italy Related posts: Regulation of Law & Access to Justice at FutureLaw Tech + Human Trafficking in Mekong Law is A Design Profession Estate Quest video game for estate planning Legal Design Ideas: Crowdsourcd Parking Ticket Map Reinvent Law: Richard Susskind on tech & access to

04/15/2014

Justice Entrepreneurs Project: Incubator for Young Lawyers

I’ve been looking around for different models of promoting entrepreneurship among JDs & young lawyers. There are a few interesting post-graduation incubators, that help recent law graduates get oriented and start their own practice. For example, Justice Entrepreneurs Project from the Chicago Bar Foundation. The JEP not only gives young lawyers training to start their

03/11/2014

Legal Design Concept: How’s My Litigating?

A concept design that came out of a legal workshop I ran last week among legal aid & self-help lawyers. Related posts: Legal Concept Design: A Bar-Taking Robot Book of Legal Design Patterns Legal Jacket concept Boston Legal Design Meetup Making Immigration User-Friendly workshop report The Program for Legal Tech & Design Legal Design Jam,

02/12/2014

Reinvent Law visual: Legal by Design

Another sketch from last Friday’s Reinvent Law conference in NYC, that somehow didn’t manage to upload then (so here it is now!). Related posts: Reinvent Law: Richard Susskind on tech & access to law We Need Legal Hackers Low Hanging Fruit for Legal Design Ravel Law, visual legal research Lawyers Should be the Straw that

02/07/2014

Experimentation in a law firm, Seyfarth Shaw

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02/07/2014

Lawyers Should be the Straw that Stirs

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02/07/2014

Law is A Design Profession

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02/07/2014

We Need Legal Hackers

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02/04/2014

Estate Quest video game for estate planning

Stephanie Kimbro has posted on YouTube a preview of the legal game Estate Quest she & her team are designing, all on Estate Planning for consumers. Her summary: This is a demo of level one of Estate Quest. This will be a cross-platform video game to teach basic estate planning concepts. Players will win awards

10/28/2013

The Creative Lawyer: Jonathan Tobin

I’m starting a series on lawyers who have figured out ways to integrate creativity & design into their professional life. Here is my first interview, with Jonathan Tobin, who heads up Counsel for Creators. He comes from a creative & design background, and has managed to bridge that into his legal practice. Would you describe

09/24/2013

Tech Tips for Legals

Here’s a short, unnarrated overview of legal tech tools from Legal Services NTAP that lawyers & others could use to organize their projects, do better research, work on the road, take notes, use visuals, create media, analyze data, and use all the tech they already have in better ways. 50 Tech Tips 2013 EJC from

08/04/2013

Low Hanging Fruit for Legal Design

A sketch of some possible targets for redesigning. Related posts: Notes on the Design Process The Challenge of Good Legal Information Design Book of Legal Design Patterns Legal Jacket concept Iron Tech Law & Teaching Legal Design Apps in Legal Education Quick Design Typology Legal Flowchart: Understand Immigration! Design Insights Re: Jurors Good Design of

06/24/2013

Why Don’t Law Firms Invest in Tech?

A small illustration of a truism that is floating around, in answer to the title question. Related posts: Iron Tech Law & Teaching Legal Design UNHCR, Refugees, & Tech Innovation New Generation of Tech for Access to Justice The Problem of Legal Tech & Access to Justice How can mobile tech be used to promote

05/14/2013

Legal Jacket concept

A quick sketch of a concept for wearable law… Of course fictional now, but only slightly tongue-in-cheek… Related posts: Concept designs for UNHCR redesigns Legal Health Checklist Concept Ideas for Human Rights Designs

03/14/2013

Apps for Trial Lawyers

The Lawyerist published a review of a new app — JuryPad – for lawyers to help them manage the jury-selection process, proceed through voir dire, and pick a better jury. It also name-checks a few other apps for practicing trial lawyers, that also may be worth checking out (though all fairly pricey). TranscriptPad helps the

03/11/2013

Juror’s User Experience, part 2

More wonderful insights into how citizens called to be jurors experience the court system in the UK — from the RED project, by the Design Council —read more, http://www.designcouncil.info/mt/RED/citizenship/. Related posts: Design Insights Re: Jurors Citizen as User, Design Research Touching the State What is User Experience Design? User experience design for law Judgepedia &

03/07/2013

Design Insights Re: Jurors

Great, rich, human insights into how citizens called to be jurors experience the court system in the UK — from the RED project, by the Design Council —read more, http://www.designcouncil.info/mt/RED/citizenship/. Related posts: Citizen as User, Design Research Juror’s User Experience, part 2 Touching the State Courthouse Design: Insights Building a Culture of Law By Design

03/07/2013

Citizen as User, Design Research

Great, rich user insights about Citizenship and people’s relationships with the government, from the Red – Touching the State project http://www.designcouncil.info/mt/RED/citizenship/   Related posts: Touching the State Design Insights Re: Jurors Juror’s User Experience, part 2 What is User Experience Design? Ravel Law, visual legal research Thai citizen in US sues hosting company Netfirms.com over

03/07/2013

Touching the State

RED was a UK initiative that was operational between 2004 and 2006.  It was set up by the Design Council in the UK, to tackle public policy, social, and economic issues through design-driven innovation.  Its themes included health, aging, energy, democracy, and — of interest to this project — Citizenship.  They summarize their initiative as

11/09/2012

How good are your lawyers, actually?

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11/07/2012

Legal Concepts: Law Firm Uniforms

what to do for a tax break? institute mandatory uniforms at law firms. deductions, deductions, deductions! Related posts: Experimentation in a law firm, Seyfarth Shaw Access to Justice Tech: Concepts Book of Legal Design Patterns Legal Design Concept: How’s My Litigating? We Need Legal Hackers Legal Concept Design: A Bar-Taking Robot The Problem of Legal