• explorers.


    legal hackers.*

    The Music City Legal Hackers group is an initiative of the Program on Law & Innovation at Vanderbilt Law School and is part of the global Legal Hackers organization.


    We're lawyers, law students, academics, developers, designers, technologists, marketers and entrepreneurs in the Nashville area, who come together to design creative solutions to pressing problems in our legal and justice systems.


    We gather in meetups, boot camps, and hackathons, to explore the intersection of law and technology, looking for ways that access to justice and legal practice can be informed and improved.


    Scroll down to learn more about Music City Legal Hacker events and opportunities to join us. Go here to sign up for our e-mail list. And follow us on Twitter.


    (*adapted from legalhackers.org)

  • Events

    Come join us.


    mix and mingle with legal hackers.

    Music City Legal Hackers members and guests gather 8 — 10 times a year to explore ideas and issues relevant to the legal hacker movement.


    Recent topics include the use of Augmented Intelligence and other technologies to transform the way e-discovery and other legal services are performed and delivered; and an introduction to Design Thinking as a tool set for embarking upon a legal hackathon.


    Want to know more about upcoming monthly meetings? Sign up for our e-newsletter, and follow us on Twitter.

    Boot Camps

    add some tools to your hacking toolbox.

    Leading up to the inaugural Music City Legal Hackathon, we hosted a Blockchain Bootcamp for Law.


    Experts from across the US gathered to share information and insight into distributed ledger (blockchain) technology, and how the technology may transform both how lawyers work and the work they do for clients.


    We have other bootcamps in the works. Interested in shaping content with us? Join us for an upcoming meeting, where we'll use design thinking tools to brainstorm and create our bootcamp schedule.


    To receive meeting information, sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter.


    hack real solutions to real problems.

    The inaugural Music City Legal Hackathon was held on April 7 and 8, 2017 and the theme was LEGAL + TECH = ACCESS TO JUSTICE.


    We partnered with the awesome folks at Code for Nashville to bring together a diverse group of legal service providers, technologists, policy makers, academics, students, and clients — all committed to creating actionable solutions to pressing legal needs of the Nashville community.


    More than 50+ participants came together to create solutions for five legal non-profit stakeholders in Tennessee, all of whom received $1,000 towards building out the tech solutions started at the Hackathon!


    You can also sign up for our e-newlsetter and follow us on Twitter.

  • Who are the hackers?

    Meet the Music City Legal Hackers steering committee.

    Larry Bridgesmith, JD

    As adjunct professor of law, Larry coordinates Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation. With more than 30 years of legal  project management and  practice experience, he's a driving force for adoption of lean and agile in the legal profession. Larry is also the mastermind behind Music City Legal Hackers. He's a primary point of contact for all of the group's activities.

    J.B. Ruhl, JD

    Vanderbilt Law School

    J.B. is a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School and directs the Program on Law & Innovation. As the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law and Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS, J.B. pursues innovation in the delivery of legal services in many arenas.

    Cat Moon, MA JD

    Legal Technologist + Designer | c.moon@vanderbilt.edu


    Cat, a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, brings 19+ years of legal/project management and design thinking experience to her role as COO of a legal tech startup. She teaches legal design at Vanderbilt Law School, is webmaster for Music City Legal Hackers, and serves on the steering committee for Music City Legal Hackers events.

    Lori Gonzalez

    Legal Wonderwoman | lori@raynacorp.com


    After receiving her paralegal certification in 2002, Lori Gonzalez worked in several firms in various roles, including practice management software training and coordination. She went on to co-found Rayna Corp and works tirelessly to serve others through Music City Legal Hackers and other non-profit endeavors. Lori serves on the Steering Committee for Music City Legal Hackers events.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, news, and ruminations by legal hackers.

  • Resources

    Links of interest to legal hackers.

    In no particular order.

    Music City Legal Hackers is a chapter of the global Legal Hackers organization.  

    The LA chapter of legalhackers.org sponsors an annual Code the Deal hackathon.

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