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    a biennial conference exploring substantive legal technology since 1990

    Hosted by Vanderbilt Law School's Program on Law and Innovation




    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to interrupt travel and in-person gatherings, the organizers of SubTech 2020 will be hosting a Virtual SubTech on July 16 - 17. Information will be shared with confirmed participants via email as we confirm the schedule and further details.


    We aim to host the in-person SubTech in the summer of 2021 on the Vanderbilt campus and will keep the SubTech community apprised as we confirm details.


    SubTech's Roots


    SubTech brings together legal scholars, educators, practitioners, and technologists from around the world who influence the development and substantive application of technology in legal education and practice. Since 1990, SubTech offers a unique experience at the intersection of the technology of law and legal education—not simply for SubTech's longevity, but also in its informal, collaborative approach to crafting the content based on participants' interests and expertise.


    Historically, SubTech focuses on where the technology of law intersects with legal education. In a truly international gathering that nurtures inter-specialty exchange. By “substantive” we mean applications that deal with the distinctively legal substance of what lawyers, judges, and law teachers do. By “legal education” we mean all contexts in which law is studied and taught (not just traditional law schools).


    At SubTech 2020, we had planned (pre-pandemic) for plenary and small group sessions to offer highly engaging and interactive opportunities for participants to shape both the content of our time together and potential outcomes that extend beyond SubTech. The virtual event will be much shorter and equally interactive, with two to three hours of sessions on July 16 and July 17.


    Designing for Justice: Teaching Tech for (a) Change


    The original (pre-pandemic) theme for SubTech 2020 (which may be carried forward to 2021, weaves in the following strands for exploration at SubTech. How might we?

    • help the public understand when a problem is a legal one, i.e. legal knowing and understanding
    • create human-centered legal (self?) service delivery tools to democratize the law
    • create technology-driven alternative justice systems
    • create alternative legal service delivery models
    • move tech curriculum out of silos and into mainstream legal education, from law schools and beyond
    • move what we teach (and what students create) into meaningful impact within our institutions, organizations, and systems of justice
    • break into SubTech tribes to explore advancing justice through technology beyond ideation to realization

  • where

    Virtual via Zoom

    courtesy of Vanderbilt Law School


    July 16 - 17, 2020

    session times TBD


    by invitation

    contact Cat Moon (c.moon@vanderbilt.edu) for information or complete the intention of interest form




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    Links of Interest

    curious about SubTech?

    A Brief History of SubTech / Marc Lauritsen


    The SubTech Way: Context for an Unconventional Conference / Roger Skalbeck


    SubTech 2018 (Tallinn, Estonia) (IT Law Programme)


    SubTech 2016 (Richmond, VA) (University of Richmond School of Law)


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    what will we do at [virtual] SubTech 2020?

    The actual agenda for our time together will be shaped by SubTech participants.


    On Day 1 (July 16), participants will share their BIG IDEAS in a tightly time-boxed format, leading to ideation of discussion topics to follow on Day 2 (July 17). In true unconference fashion, participants will propose and choose ideas they wish to wrangle with. Small group discussions will produce take-aways to be shared out with the entire group in a final, plenary virtual gathering.


    All events will happen in Zoom and will be scheduled on July 16 and July 17 to enable global participation. Exact times TBD based on final participant confirmation.


  • [virtual] SUBTECH 2020 PARTICIPANTS

    SubTech is an intentionally small, highly engaging experience bringing together a curated group of people (by invitation) from across the legal spectrum, encouraging cross-pollination and action. View the original (pre-pandemic) Confirmed Participants List.