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European Legal Technology Association elects new president and board

On November 27, 2020, the members of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) elected a new board, the governing body of ELTA.

The new board consists of Holger Zscheyge (Russia) as next President of ELTA, Helena Hallgarn (Sweden) and Jeroen Zweers (The Netherlands) as Vice Presidents, Grégoire Miot (France), as Treasurer, Marisa Monteiro (Portugal), as well as Orsolya Görgényi (Hungary) and former President Tobias Heining (Germany) as co-opted board members. In accordance with ELTA’s bylaws, members elect a new board biennially during a general members meeting.

The new board extends its heartfelt gratitude to leaving board members – María Jesús González-Espejo and Hariolf Wenzler – for their dedication and hard work for the past years as vice president and president / treasurer and to the outgoing president Tobias Heining, who rejoined the board, for his leadership and strategic vision. A special thanks goes to Julia Brünjes, General Secretary of ELTA, for her tireless work at keeping the back office a well-oiled machinery.

«The members have elected a well-balanced board that considers both experience and continuity, local, cultural and gender diversity, as well as the need for renewal. Our new board is ready to lead ELTA during the upcoming two years in its development to the next level», commented Holger Zscheyge the election results.

«Since its foundation in 2016, ELTA has come a long way from an “atom model” organization, with a dense “Germanic” nucleus surrounded by a couple of international electron networks. Today it has reached a stable molecular international structure, held together by the firm bonds of a “good chemistry” between all stakeholders. Quite an achievement for a peer-to-peer network and a volunteer-led association. ELTA now has reached a level of size and complexity that demands the organisation to gradually build a crystalline matrix-like structure and strengthen the organisation’s presence and position. I would like to congratulate Holger Zscheyge as new President, wishing him and the new board members all the best for taking ELTA to the next level looking very much forward to our collaboration», says former President Tobias Heining.

ELTA will continue to develop into the go-to authority for European legal technology and innovation for all stakeholders of the legal technology ecosystem and build a strong community of like-minded enthusiasts that strive to push the legal industry into the 21 century. Everyone is welcome to join the association in this effort.

Major initiatives for the next two years:

  • Phase 2 of the European Legal Tech Survey
  • ELTA Conference 2021 & 2022
  • Implementing a new platform to strengthen the exchange between members
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The Innovation in Law Studies Alliance, ILSA, is founded with the mission to foster innovation in Law and Technology faculties all over the world

  • The alliance is open to all universities from around the world and its aim is to support them in transforming their curricula, relying on technology and becoming more global.
  • It will develop activities to prepare universities and their teachers to train their students in the competences and skills that the future demands.

The Instituto de Innovación Legal has launched Innovation in Law Studies Alliance (ILSA), an alliance of law and technology faculties whose mission is to support their transformation through the collaboration between its members, the organisation of innovative events and training activities as well as the exchange of good practices on innovation, among other activities. Over 15 universities from various countries worldwide, such as France, Poland, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, México and South Africa, are already part of the network.
ILSA works with faculty leaders and teachers to help them acquire the new knowledge and skills they need to train their students in areas such as legal innovation, digital transformation, LegalTech, law firm management… In sum, the new knowledge and skillset that will be demanded by future employers.

María Jesús González-Espejo, managing partner of the Instituto de Innovación Legal, vice-president of the European LegalTech Association (ELTA) and promoter of ILSA, explains the envisioning: “we have made a reality of an idea that has been maturing for several years. We have always believed that the transformation of the legal sector had to start with the universities, and these need to commit to open innovation, encourage collaboration with other universities and be more global. ILSA will help them to achieve these goals. Furthermore, we want to bring the best LegalTech applications closer to students, so that when they start working, they can become fundamental pillars of the digital transformation within their organisations”.

To achieve its objectives, ILSA has created an ambitious activity programme that collaborating or associated universities will be able to enjoy, including:

  1. Events such as webinars by experts in subjects related to new technologies, methodologies, etc. (Access here the agenda of those planned for the coming months), as well as regular meetings for the exchange of good practices in educational innovation and the annual congress.
  2. Training in LegalTech, offered by the LegalTech companies that are onboard in the project. These include Docxpresso (Spanish document automation application), HighQ (British collaborative platform for working with your team, partners and suppliers), Jeffit (Russian ERP for law firms) or Nymiz (Spanish platform for the anonymisation of legal documents). These companies will be offering training activities for students and teachers to introduce them to the use of their software. The aim is to provide students with the unique skills that will enable them to stand out when searching for a job.
  3. Access to the collaborative and knowledge management platform, which has been created with HighQ, where members can find documentation on innovation and LegalTech, share news, generate debates, make queries to other members of the network or contact faculties in other countries to organise international activities.
  4. The ILSA seal, which will be launched in 2022 and will certify each university’s commitment to innovation.

In addition, the Alliance will promote in a second phase, the creation of a community of innovative teachers. This database will be very useful to help universities locate the best experts for each subject they decide to include in their training offer. As Iga Kurowska, ILSA’s representative in France and Poland, has pointed out, “one of the reasons why the much-needed modernisation of Law studies is not progressing, is the difficulty of finding teachers trained to teach these subjects”.

Moreover, the alliance offers support to universities and teachers who share the same concerns about the application of innovation in studies. Thus, relying on the experience of the Instituto de Innovación Legal (a consultancy firm specialised in advising operators in the legal sector on innovation, LegalTech, digital transformation and management) will provide training services for teachers, support in the organisation of events, collaborate in the preparation of training programmes or help in the search and selection of teachers.

ILSA has a strong network of partners in various countries and regions that represent and coordinate activities locally, and this network is projected to progressively expand. Amongst them: Sergio Arellano, president of the Inter-American Institute for Research and Teaching in Human Rights; Paulius Astromskis, partner of exe. legal; Daniel Bermejo, expert in digital projects of the Instituto de Innovación Legal; Mauricio Bermudez, managing partner of Acuña, Acuña y Bermudez; Virginia Carmona, professor of the Department of Private Law and Labour and Social Security Law of the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid; Janet Huerta, Editor of Foro Jurídico; Iga Kurowska, founding partner of Verne Legal and Professor of Law at the Université Catholique de Lille; Jackie Nagtegaal, Director of LIPCO – Law for all and founder of the Futures Law Faculty; Alice Namuli, partner and Head of Technology and Innovation at Katende, Ssempebwa & Co. Advocates; Karol Valencia, LegalTech project consultant, Legal Designer and Compliance Officer at Electronic IDentification; and Alexandra Villacís, President of the Association of Latin American Women Lawyers (AMJI) and Director of LATAM projects at the Instituto de Innovación Legal.

For more information on ILSA’s services, please visit its website.

ANNEX I: List of ILSA members already enrolled members:
• UEES Faculty of Law, Politics and Development (Ecuador)
• University Católica de Cuenca (Ecuador)
• University CBKE (Poland)
• University EAFIT (Colombia)
• University del Rosario (Colombia)
• University del Cabo (South Africa)
• Faculté de droit – Université Catholique de Lille (France)
• EDHEC Augmented Law Institute (France)
• University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
• University Ecotec (Ecuador)
5 more universities have already confirmed participation and we are waiting for their information.

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Board Election – Call for Applications end 5 November 2020

The annual general members meeting of the European Legal Technology Association will take place on 27 November 2020 at 12 noon. The invitation will be sent out 2 weeks in advance with all relevant information.

Every two years the election of the board is due and we would like to inform you with this email about the election procedure and announce the possibility to apply for a board position.

ELECTION PROCEDURE
Here is an overview of the most important facts. You can access the detailed description of the procedure for the board elections here.

  • All members who have been in the association for at least 1 year can stand for election
  • Every person who is up for election must submit an application
  • In addition, election lists with 3-5 persons can be sent to the independent election management
  • Application deadline is November 5, 2020
  • The members with voting right elect 3-5 persons as ELTA’s board according to the statutes
    • a president
    • 2 deputies
    • a treasurer
    • 2 board members
  • We will publish all applications at least 2 weeks before the election and inform all members
  • Independent election manager: Hariolf Wenzler (Hariolf does not run for re-election and checks if all applications have been submitted in full)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Please apply for a board position by November 5, 2020 using this form. Applications are accepted exclusively via this form.

Access form: https://elta-eu.typeform.com/to/Pshencf6

In addition, there is the possibility that a board team can be elected as a list. These individual persons on the list must also submit their individual applications using the form. Please send the list to the election management at info@lta-online.eu by November 5th.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK OF THE BOARD

  • The board works voluntarily and without remuneration
  • There is a virtual meeting at least once a month
  • An average 4-5 hours per week must be invested
  • ELTA is organized in resorts. The board of directors takes over the management of the respective resorts and is supported in the execution of the tasks by the management team and the regional ambassadors. ELTA works hands on.

We are looking forward to your applications. If you have any questions, please contact either me or any other board member.

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European Legal Tech Report launches on 12 November

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ELTA European Legal Tech Survey

One major goal for ELTA is to bring more transparency and clarity around legal tech to legal professionals from Europe and beyond. This mission is, doubtlessly, a long-term goal requiring continuous effort from the community. One of the first steps to achieve this goal is to gather the required information about the European legal tech market and make it accessible to everyone.

Therefore today ELTA launched its first survey of the European legal tech industry. Apart from serving as the starting point for several information resources ELTA is working on, part of the survey data will be used in a partnership with ALTA and the organizers of the Global Legal Tech Report to map European legal tech in a concise report to be publishes later thhis year.

We call upon all legal tech companies in Europe (which in the context of ELTA encompasses all countries from Portugal to Russia and the former Soviet republics, from Norway to Israel) to take their time and submit data on their companies and products. Even if you already submitted data separately to the Global Legal Tech Report, please resubmit it to our survey. The deadline for submissions is September 25, 2020, so don’t put this task on the back burner.

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Decálogo para una mejor Justicia con Legal Tech tras la COVID-19

La Justicia, como todos los servicios públicos, se ha visto superada en todos los países europeos por la pandemia. La COVID-19 ha cogido a las administraciones públicas, insuficientemente preparadas para ofrecer el servicio requerido por la ciudadanía. El volumen habitual de litigios ha aumentado de forma exponencial y se espera que siga haciéndolo en los próximos meses como consecuencia de circunstancias imprevistas como la paralización de las actividades económicas, el obligado aislamiento social que ha generado más confrontaciones en el ámbito familiar, el cuestionamiento de algunos ciudadanos de las decisiones adoptadas por los poderes públicos, etc.

Ante estas circunstancias, en la mayoría de los países de Europa las autoridades responsables de la Justicia están anunciando su intención de reformar sus sistemas para poder hacer frente a esos nuevos retos, señalando la transformación digital como solución para llevarlo a cabo.

Conformada por más de 400 profesionales de más de 30 países, la European Legal Techology Association (ELTA) tiene como misión impulsar el conocimiento sobre Legal Tech y su uso eficiente. Este decálogo ha sido elaborado para responder a esta misión.

Un grupo de trabajo dirigido por María Jesús González-Espejo, Vicepresidente de ELTA y por los siguientes miembros de su red de embajadores:  Holger Zscheyge (Rusia), Gregoire Miot (Francia), Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos (Grecia), ha sido responsable de su elaboración.

El decálogo está dirigido principalmente a los funcionarios públicos de la administración de Justicia y a los parlamentarios, y su objetivo es serviles de guía para diseñar los futuros sistemas de justicia al servicio de los ciudadanos y desplegar las tecnologías más apropiadas para apoyar el acceso moderno y fácil a la justicia.

Como resultado proponemos un total de 10 directrices con una breve descripción y una solución concreta, relacionada con Legal Tech, para hacerlas efectivas. Estas son las directrices:

  1. Justicia con estrategia
    1. Reformar la Justicia con una planificación a largo plazo y una visión de conjunto, no con medidas esporádicas, basada en el logro progresivo de pequeños objetivos, y que además involucre a todos los grupos de interés, y no sólo a una parte de ellos, en el diseño del plan.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Creación de un registro de casos de éxito de uso de Legal Tech para una mejor Justicia que sirva de modelo a los líderes de la justicia responsables de la planificación estratégica.
  1. Justicia con financiación adecuada y gastos eficientes
    1. Los sistemas de justicia deben ser dotados de los recursos necesarios para lograr los objetivos y, a su vez, deben ser asesorados por expertos en cómo realizar un gasto eficiente.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Creación de un registro europeo de Legal Tech para la Justicia y diseño de programas europeos para fomentar el desarrollo de Legal Tech made in Europe.
  2. Transformar la Justicia o innovar en Justicia
    1. Los operadores públicos deben reflexionar sobre la conveniencia de automatizar los sistemas existentes o bien revisarlos y rediseñarlos. Es crucial evitar la automatización de procesos que hayan sido probados ineficientes y aconsejable, rediseñar aquellos que no se ajusten a los requisitos y necesidades de una sociedad digital.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Utilizar metodologías como Legal Design Thinking para revisar los sistemas y los servicios existentes y fijar sandboxes para el desarrollo e implementación de Legal Tech europea.
  3. Más y mejores datos abiertos para un mejor sistema de Justicia
    1. Más datos legales deberían de ser abiertos y accesibles, para así permitir que los intermediarios desarrollen soluciones útiles relacionadas con el Derecho.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Creación de un registro europeo de legal data sets, que permita la evaluación comparativa de los conjuntos de datos disponibles por categorías.
  4. Transparencia y participación ciudadana
    1. Diseñar y evaluar la legislación de forma transparente, con evidencia y con el apoyo de los ciudadanos y de los distintos grupos de interés. La Legal Tech puede ayudar a lograr una Justicia más transparente y mejor, que fomente una participación ciudadana activa en la formulación de políticas, colocando a los ciudadanos en el centro del sistema jurídico y la Administración de Justicia.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Identificar y ofrecer a los gobiernos europeos, de todos los niveles, un conjunto de procedimientos y herramientas para fomentar la transparencia y la participación en la elaboración de leyes.
  1. Profesionales con talento para una mejor justicia
    1. Es de suma importancia ayudar a los profesionales del derecho a adquirir los conocimientos y las habilidades que necesitan para adoptar y beneficiarse de la innovación de la Justicia y atraer los talentos adecuados para trabajar hacia el objetivo de mejorar la Justicia.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Diseñar políticas que obliguen a incorporar disciplinas relacionadas con la innovación, transformación digital y Legal Tech en los planes de estudio de la Facultades de Derecho públicas. Así como, impartir formación obligatoria a los abogados, diseñar programas de captación para todos los interesados y atraer a profesionales de la innovación y la tecnología a los puestos responsables de la reforma del sistema de Justicia
  1. Virtualidad no impuesta como regla y no como excepción
    1. Siempre que sea posible se fomentarán las relaciones telemáticas del ciudadano con la administración de Justicia, pero no se impondrán de forma obligatoria, para evitar así generar una brecha digital en la ciudadanía.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Introducir la obligación de realizar una “evaluación de impacto digital” en cualquier proyecto relacionado con la administración de Justicia.
  2. Justicia más sencilla y accesible
    1. La transformación debe buscar la simplificación de los procesos jurídicos y la Legal Tech seleccionada debe servir para ofrecer una mejor experiencia al ciudadano.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: El uso de la metodología Legal Design Thinking para mejorar la accesibilidad a la Justicia y limitar los efectos de la jerga legal y, más específicamente, el uso de métodos como los focus group para probar nuevos dispositivos o procedimientos.
  3. Garantía de los derechos digitales de los ciudadanos
    1. El ciudadano debe conocer sus derechos digitales y estar capacitado para ejercerlos. La Legal Tech debe ayudar a lograr estos objetivos.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Diseñar programas de formación en esta materia y promover el uso de Legal Tech que siempre sea respetuosa con los derechos de la ciudadanía.
  1. La resolución alternativa de conflictos (ADR) basada en tecnología y la resolución de disputas en línea (ODR) deben priorizarse como soluciones para mejorar los problemas de justicia
    1. Los sistemas alternativos de resolución de controversias, basados ​​en tecnología tienen el potencial de resolver conflictos de una manera más fácil, rápida y menos costosa.
    2. Soluciones propuestas:  Identificar las áreas de justicia en las que los mecanismos de ADR y ODR podrían ayudar a mejorar la Justicia, modernizar el marco regulatorio y proporcionar a todos los grupos de interés del ecosistema de Justicia las herramientas y plataformas Legal Tech apropiadas.

Si desea saber más sobre el Decálogo de ELTA, comuníquese con:

Inglés: María vía emailLinkedin
Francés: Greg vía emailLinkedin
Alemán: Holger vía email o Linkedin
Griego: Konstantinos vía emailLinkedin
Ruso: Holger vía emailLinkedin
Español: María vía emailLinkedin

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Decalogue for better justice system with LegalTech after the COVID-19

The justice system, like all public services, has been overtaken in all European countries by the pandemic. COVID-19 has caught most public administration entities insufficiently prepared to offer the services and demands required by citizens. The usual volume of litigation has increased exponentially and it is expected to continue doing so in the coming months as a result of unforeseen circumstances such as the paralysis of economic activities, the forced social isolation that has increased confrontation and the questioning by some citizens of decisions taken by public authorities, amongst many other reasons.

In view of these circumstances, in most European countries the authorities responsible for justice are announcing their intention to reform their systems in order to be able to face these new challenges, viewing digital transformation as a solution to achieve this.

With more than 400 professionals from more than 30 countries, the mission of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) is to promote knowledge about Legal Tech and how to use it efficiently. This Decalogue aims to respond to this mission.

A working team led by María Jesús González-Espejo (Spain), Vice President of ELTA, and the following ambassadors of its network; Holger Zscheyge (Russia), Gregoire Miot (France) and Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos (Greece), have been responsible for its elaboration.

The Decalogue is mainly aimed at public officials in the administration of justice and parliamentarians, and its objective is to serve as a guide for designing future justice systems around citizens, and to deploy the most appropriate technologies to support modern and easy access to justice.

As a result of our reflections we are proposing a total of 10 guidelines, with a brief description and a concrete solution related to LegalTech to help make them effective. These are the 10 guidelines:

1. Justice with strategy

Reforming the justice system with long-term planning and a holistic vision, not with sporadic measures, based on the progressive achievement of small goals while involving all stakeholders in the design of the plan.

Proposed solutions: Creation of a record of successful LegalTech use-cases for a better justice system, which would serve as a model for justice leaders in charge of planning.

2. Justice with adequate funding and efficient expenditure

Justice systems must be provided with the necessary resources to achieve their digital goals and, at the same time, be wisely advised how to conduct efficient spending.

Proposed solutions: Creation of a European LegalTech record for justice and design of European programmes to promote the development of more made in Europe LegalTech.

3. Justice transformation or innovation in justice

Public operators should reflect on the desirability of automating existing systems or reviewing and redesigning them. It is crucial to avoid automatizing existing processes, which have already been proven to be inefficient, and instead try to redesign a new justice system to fit the requirements and needs of a digital society.

Proposed solutions: Use of methodologies such as Legal Design Thinking to review the existing systems and services and a set of regulatory sandboxes for the development and implementation of European LegalTech.

4. More and better open data for a better justice system 

More legal data should be open and accessible in order to allow intermediaries to develop more legal-related solutions.

Proposed solutions: Creation of a European register of legal datasets, that allows benchmarking on available datasets by category.

5. Transparency and citizen participation

Design and evaluate lawmaking transparently, with evidence, and with the support of citizens and other stakeholders. LegalTech can help achieve a more transparent and better justicesystem while encouraging an active citizen participation in policymaking, placing citizens in the centre of the legal system and justice administration.

Proposed solutions: Identify and offer European governments, from all levels, a set of procedures and tools to foster transparency and participation in law making.

6. Talented professionals for a better justice system  

It is of utmost importance to help legal professionals acquire the knowledge and skills they need in order to embrace and profit from justice innovation and to attract the right talent to work towards the goal of improving justice.

Proposed solutions:  Design policies to enforce the incorporation of technical studies into public law school’s curricula, as well as mandatory trainings for lawyers, design training programs for all the stakeholders and attract innovation and tech professionals into the positions responsible for reforming the justice system.

7  Non imposed virtuality as a rule and not as an exception

The citizen’s telematic relations with the justice administration system will be encouraged whenever possible but shall not be imposed in order to avoid creating a digital gap.

Proposed solutions: Introduce the obligation of making a “digital impact evaluation” in any project related to the administration of justice.

8. More simple and accessible justice  

The transformation should seek to simplify legal processes and the selected technology ought to offer a better experience to citizens.

Proposed solutions: Use of Legal Design thinking methodology to improve justice accessibility and limit the effects of legalese and, more specifically, tools such as citizens focus groups to tests new devices or procedures.

9. Citizens’ digital rights guaranteed 

Citizens must understand their digital rights and be able to exercise them. LegalTech should help achieve these goals.

Proposed solutions: Design programs to train citizens on such matters and promote the use of LegalTech that is always respectful of citizens’ rights.

10. Technology based alternative dispute resolution (ADR) & online dispute resolution (ODR) should be prioritised as solutions to improve justice problems 

Technology based alternative dispute resolution systems have the potential to solve conflicts in an easier, faster and less expensive way.

Proposed solutions: Identify the areas of justice where ADR and ODR could help to improve justice, modernize the regulatory framework and provide to all stakeholders of the justice ecosystem the appropriate LegalTech tools and platforms.

If you wish to know more about ELTA’s Decalogue  please contact:

English: María via email or Linkedin
French: Greg via email or Linkedin
German: Holger via email or Linkedin
Greek: Konstantinos via email or Linkedin
Russian: Holger via email or Linkedin
Spanish: María via email or Linkedin

 

 

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ELTA contributes to latest study of ECLA “Legal Departments in a Digital Era”

Legal Departments In a Digital Era: a pan-European study on building the modern, digitised legal department, is a joint effort by European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA) and Wolters Kluwer to provide a detailed look into the digital status of corporate legal departments across Europe. It highlights the priorities of in-house teams in the digital realm and showcases, how far along the digital journey legal departments in Europe are.ELTA’s Board and Ambassadors contributed with their expertise to this study.

The study acts as the starting point for understanding how legal departments are adapting to the digital era and what type of legal technology is prioritised in-house.

Legal Departments in a Digital Era will include overviews on:
> Current digital priorities of corporate legal departments
> The digital strategies of in-house teams
> The organisation and budget for increasing the digital maturity
> Practical experience with legal technology
> Expert opinions on the subject matter

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Additionally, ECLA and Wolters Kluwer pubslished also a brief article on “Perspective on implications of COVID-19 on the legal sectors”. The short term impact of COVID-19 on people, businesses and markets applies across sectors and market segments, and requires a range of immediate actions, while positioning for the strongest possible future. Consequently, the legal sector, and with that – corporate legal departments – will be affected, too. The legal industry, and the legal function within many businesses, is at an early stage of transformation, as becomes apparent from the study ‘Legal Departments in a Digital Era’. Will the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses change this?

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The 2020 Influential Women in Legal Tech

In celebration of Women’s History Month, ILTA has announce its2020 list of Influential Women in Legal Tech. This list recognizes five outstanding women leaders in the legal technology community based on their mentorship history and level of impact on Legal Technology.

“With help from a group of 12 members, business partners, and staff, we selected a truly inspirational group of women to highlight this month.” says Joy Heath Rush, ILTA CEO. “These women represent legal technologists from across the globe. They are the movers and shakers within the legal community, and we have all benefited from hearing them speak at conferences and from using the technology they have developed. We salute them for fostering conversations on the intersection of law and tech and for helping us aspire to contribute at the highest level possible.”

Being selected as an Influential Women in Legal Tech illustrates that the woman is a dedicated professional in fostering change and female leadership (i.e. developing mentorship or leadership programs, making noteworthy contributions to the legal technology space, and/or championing innovative initiatives).

Alice Namuli Blazevic


Partner at Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates and Co-Founder of The Legal Innovation Hub
Kampala, Uganda

Alice is an award-winning lawyer, international speaker, author, innovator, and mentor. She was labelled as “one to watch” in the Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, 2020 Edition, with sources recognising her strengths in TMT work, particularly in IT.

She established the Legal Tech and Innovation department at her firm where they are helping reshape the model of business in Africa. Her expertise in commercial transactions helped lead the KATS Fintech team to secure the first-ever money remittance licence from the Central Bank of Uganda for a Fintech using a digital platform. Her other accomplishments and strides includes being a Co-Founder of the Legal Innovation Hub, Founder of the Kampala Legal Hackers, Founder of the Uganda Legal Tech Network, Country Representative and Host of the World Legal Summit (WLS), Board Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Uganda National Social Security Fund, Cybersecurity expert for the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch, and host of a mentorship program called Coffee With Alice.

María Jesús González-Espejo


Vice President at European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) and Managing Partner at Instituto de Innovación Legal
Madrid, Spain

María is a lawyer, innovator, and evangelist who is working to transform the legal sector in Spain. She introduced Spain to Legal Design Thinking, was named an official ambassador of the Madrid City Council for attracting the 2019 European LegalTech Congress to Madrid, and is supporting the internationalization of Spanish LegalTech through her leadership of the European LegalTech Association (ELTA). Other accomplishments include helping create ConflictMapp, a tool which helps to unblock the courts and supporting people in resolving their conflicts and authoring various articles for industry publications.

Ivy Grey


Vice President, Wordrake
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Ivy is a legal tech entrepreneur, writer, and former practicing lawyer. Her work on technology competence, ethics, and innovation has made her a respected thought leader in the legal technology community. She is a regular speaker on technology competence and law office technology — recent events include ABA TechShow 2019 and the Chicago Legal Hackers Meet Up — and is spearheading a new wave of vendor-stakeholder collaborations that will help bring change to the legal profession. Other accomplishments include: creating the American Legal Style for PerfectIt, being named a Rising Star in the New York Metro Area for five consecutive years (2014-2018), and authoring more than 40 pieces for industry publications.


Maya Markovich


Chief Growth Officer, NextLaw Labs at Dentons
Oakland, California, USA

Maya has been central to Nextlaw Labs, Dentons’ startup accelerator and legal tech investment fund, since its launch as the industry’s first tech-focused innovation catalyst in 2015. With her unique background spanning behavioral science, law, investment, and change management, she designs and drives cutting-edge legal tech projects on behalf of the world’s largest firm and its clients. Maya works with law schools across the globe to encourage necessary change in legal education — and highlight the opportunities — for law students entering contemporary practice. Maya also serves on the boards of Legal Access AlamedaLexLab, and OneJustice, and as mentor for LegalGeek’s Women in LawTech and University of Arizona TechLaw Fellows programs, supporting legal tech initiatives to improve access to justice and gender equity. She frequently speaks at conferences, broadcasts and writes on legal tech and innovation. She was named a Woman Leading Legal Tech by The Technolawgist in 2019 and a Woman of Legal Tech by the ABA LTRC in 2018.

Jackie Nagtegaal


Futurist & Managing Director, Law for All,
Cape Town, South Africa

Jackie runs Law for All, the leading Alternative Legal Service provider on the continent of Africa, which resolves approximately 100,000 cases annually on a subscription basis. Not only are they using technology to ease the way people interact and access the law, they’re championing women in legal tech by having 78% of the employees be women. She was shortlisted for the Pinnacle Award from the WOZA Women in Law, is a jury member of the HiiL International Innovating Justice Challenge in the Hague, and runs a law firm funding program where she donates financially and mentors young African firms.

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ILTA publica los nombres de las 5 mujeres más influyentes en Legal Tech en 2020.

(Chicago, IL) 2 de marzo de 2020: para celebrar el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer, ILTA se complace en anunciar su lista de Mujeres Influyentes en Tecnología Legal de 2020. Esta lista reconoce a cinco mujeres líderes destacadas en la comunidad de LegalTech en función de su trayectoria profesional y su nivel de impacto en la comunidad Legal Tech.