Campaign Global Legal Hackathon 2019
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Global Legal Hackathon 2019




Take part - in the largest Legal Hackathon in the world!

The Global Legal Hackathon brings together representatives of law firms, corporations, non-profit organizations, universities, law schools and others to create rapid development of technical solutions to advance the legal sector and improve access to legal services.

Are you a lawyer, developer / IT professional, entrepreneur, legal professional, legal service provider, student?

Sign up now for the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 from February 22-24 in the Greater Chicago Area! Participation is completely free.

Greater Chicago Area AWARD - WIN $2,500

During this project, different disciplines come together to work on technical legal challenges. Together we take on the challenge to set up great projects with little sleep, lots of energy and good company. The winning project group (which goes through to the semi-final of the Global Legal Hackathon) will receive $2,500, - prize money. For the other teams, the newly made friends, boost of energy, the beautiful memories and free food remain.


From February 22nd-24th, hackathons will take place simultaneously in more than 20 countries, 40 cities and over 5,000 participants. The winners in each city advance to the (virtual) round that takes place on March 15th. Anyone convincing the jury here will go through to the Global Legal Hackathon final (May 4)!


As inspiration and stimulus for all participants of the Global Legal Hackathon, Wolters Kluwer has charted the biggest challenges in the legal market. These arose from numerous discussions with clients from law firms and corporate legal departments from around the world.


  • Track legal changes affecting the industry and the impact on the firm and its customers - Can we provide corporations with information and insights, that can be customized for their needs to identify and assess regulatory changes? 
  • Better understanding regulatory changes / events across multiple jurisdictions and their impact - Large corporations and law firms operate in multiple countries, need to understand the same. Can we design a solution to provide this information? 
  • Addressing data privacy concerns - Can we provide legal professionals with tools? 
  • Monitor data privacy and integrity - What should a law firm or a general counsel to do?


  • Comprehensive contract lifecycle management - Can we provide legal professionals with a solution that would help them through the entire contract lifecycle? 
  • Provide relevant legal information to connect external and internal knowledge
  • Craft a winning litigation strategy - How can we provide lawyers with data-driven insights on their litigation strategy? 
  • Enable small legal professionals to compete with bigger players - Is there a way that legal professionals can leverage technology to improve efficiency, expand their access to legal services, and improve margins and profitability?


  • Manage and develop legal talent - Legal professionals need to understand the cutting edge of technology and its impact on the law. How can we provide them with the opportunity to be part of the tech community and leverage their talent? 
  • Enable law school students to be "ready to practice" - How to get law school students, to be technologically savvy and "practice ready" and hit the ground running when they get into their professional life.


17:00 Welcome

18:00 Pitches

19:00 Break

19:30 Teamwork


10:00 Breakfast

11:00 Teamwork

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Teamwork

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Teamwork


09:30 Breakfast

10:00 Teamwork

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Pitches

16:00 Awards


Kristofer Swanson, CPA/CFF, CAMS, CFE

Vice President and Practice Leader, Forensic Services

Kristofer Swanson

Kris leads CRA's global Forensic Services practice, assisting companies and their counsel in seeking truth when independently responding to allegations of fraud, abuse, misconduct, and non-compliance, thereby supporting their commitment to integrity. These allegations span a broad range of matters, such as accounting irregularities, anti-money laundering, data breaches and cybercrime, False Claims Act violations, FCPA, health care fraud and abuse, Ponzi schemes, and trade secret thefts. 

He is regularly called upon to present investigative findings to boards and management teams, and to government regulators such as the SEC, FDIC, Federal Reserve, and US Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG).  He has testified numerous times on both liability and damages, and has been retained to serve as a court-appointed neutral and as a regulator-approved monitor. 

CRA's Forensic Services Practice is ISO27001:2013 certified, the best-known international standard for information security.

Kingsley Martin

President & CEO, KMStandards and Chief Contract Scientist, Akorda

Kingsley Martin

Kingsley has been at the forefront of technology innovation in the legal practice. He has 30 years of experience in the practice of law, software design and development, strategy and management. In 2012, Kingsley was recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel. In 2013, he was honored as one of the Fastcase 50; an Innovator by Law Technology News; and a national Law Journal Trailblazer and Pioneer. In 2018, Kingsley was made a Fellow of the IACCM.

Kingsley developed some of the first document assembly systems. He taught himself the C computer language and automated his tax practice. Later, Kingsley was one of the leading innovators in developing the theory and practice of knowledge management. He wrote the Knowledge Management Workbook.

Next, Kingsley pioneered the new discipline called contract analysis. He is a founder of KMStandards and has developed software capable of automatically analyzing legal agreements and creating contract standards. Using this software, Kingsley has developed the free web resource providing model contracts, checklists, and clauses, together with other contract resources. Kingsley is also a founder of a startup applying AI to contract review.

Kingsley holds law degrees from Oxford University (First Class Honours) and Harvard Law School.

Laura Kopen

Research Analyst, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Laura Kopen

Laura Kopen is a Research Analyst at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. She serves as the embedded Librarian for the firm's Tax, Real Estate Tax, Bankruptcy, and Private Wealth practice groups. In addition, she is responsible for conducting Competitive Intelligence research and analysis. Previously, she was the Client Intake Supervisor and Conflicts Analyst at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. She received a B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the American Association of Law Librarians, the Chicago Association of Law Librarians, and SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals).

Noel Elfant

Founding Member & Principal Attorney, General Counsel Practice LLC

Noel ElfantNoel Elfant is the founding member and principal attorney of General Counsel Practice LLC, a concierge service that delivers the experienced, business-focused legal advice of a seasoned general counsel at a fair fixed fee or, if preferred, a discounted variable rate.  He has fifteen years of prior experience as general counsel of both publicly- and privately held companies.  He began his career in the corporate and securities department of McDermott, Will & Emery.  Mr. Elfant earned his JD degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his BA degree from UCLA, and he lives in Northbrook, Illinois with his wife, Susan.


Wolters Kluwer

2700 Lake Cook Rd

Riverwoods, IL 60015


What is a hackathon?

Hackathon is 50 hours "working workshop" implemented in the competition formula, where teams under the support of mentors work on a technological or business legal tech solutions. The essence of the process is that while after the conceptual examination, the teams are working on a preliminary tool / prototype of solutions that close before submitting the jury. 

Who is the event for?

Lawyers, Specialists, General Counsel, Programmers, UX designers, Analysts, Project Managers…. The more diversity, the better.

What will be the challenge?

Teams will focus mainly on the broadly understood LegalTech area. They will be able to use machine learning or technologies, such as blockchain, to create a solution for the benefit of the public or private sector. Shared resources, such as the Wolters Kluwer API, or, for example public data available on the web, will be an invaluable contribution to the proposed solutions. What’s more we would like to inspire you with our Global List of Legal Challenges.

Do I have to come with an idea?

It would be best! But still as you know, we took care of the dose of inspiration that will be shared by the best experts in the field of LegalTech- lawyers and programmers, people from the world of science and business.

Can I come with just a little code?

No. The fun is to do all the programming activities during the hackathon. At the start you can have an idea, but nothing else.

Neh ... I don’t know how to code anyway ...

So sign up for Hackathon! Teams must be interdisciplinary - it will be useful for everyone with a head full of ideas. And remember that you will also learn from others!

Do I have to pay for participation?

Absolutely nothing! participation in our event is completely free!

Where can I sign up?


What do I need to bring with me?

All participants should bring with them equipment necessary for work. The organizers provide access to free Wi-Fi.

Can we work through the night?

For those who would like to work through the night the facility will be open 24 hours.  If you want to take the night off, here is two of the closest hotels you can book if you chose to Holiday Inn and Westin .

Will there be any cookies?

Ha! Even more than enough. We provide our Participants with three warm meals a day, a permanent coffee service, cold snacks, juices, fruit and energy drinks!

Do I have to come with a team?

And do you have a team? If yes, then sign up everyone! Are you alone wolf? No harm, on the first day you can join existing teams or create a completely new one.

What about the copyright for the idea, concept we will create?

All copyrights remain the property of the participants. Further plans and actions can be discussed after the event.

Who are the judges and what are the assessment criteria?

The projects will be evaluated in terms of compliance with the subject (legal tech), innovation, practical application, implementation value and visual side of the project. Our judges are the best experts possible!

How can I learn more about the Global Legal Hackathon?

You can visit the official Global Legal Hackathon site here