Legal + design + tech




  • About the music city legal hackathon


    Music City Legal Hackathon 2.0 brings together lawyers, legal services providers, coders, designers, educators, government officials, and sponsors for a day-long hackathon to create real solutions to real access-to-justice problems in Tennessee. The 2018 hackathon's theme — REIMAGINING THE LAW: legal + design + tech — says it all: hackathon teams will work to meet challenges and solve problems submitted by pro bono, "low bono" and other legal services providers from across the state of Tennessee, to reimagine the delivery of legal services and access to civil justice. Our goal is to connect technological solutions to real access to civil legal services needs and create practical solutions. Go here to learn more about the hackathon schedule. We hope you'll join us!


    The Hackathon and Unconference is a joint venture of Music City Legal Hackers (an initiative of Vanderbilt Law's Program on Law and Innovation) and Code for Nashville.


    SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018: the Hackathon and Unconference


    Go HERE for full schedule.


    Vanderbilt Law School: North Lobby

    131 21st Avenue S.

    Nashville, TN 37203


    Go HERE for map.



    Join us to REIMAGINE THE LAW using the tools of LEGAL + DESIGN + TECH!

  • Venue

    Vanderbilt Law School

    131 21st Avenue S.

    Nashville, Tennessee



    Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Vanderbilt Law School North Lobby

    7:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided) and Sign-In/Registration


    8:00 a.m. Welcome by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark, followed by Challenge pitches, team formation, and a design sprint


    8:30 a.m.

    Hackathon Challenges presented, followed by team formation and Challenge to Solution Design Sprint.


    9:30 a.m. Team Hacking commences


    12:00 noon Lunch (provided)


    1:00 p.m. Team hacking continues


    5:00 p.m. Closing of Active Hacking Period: all teams must submit their challenge projects at this time.


    Teams are asked to submit their final project solutions on or before 5:00 p.m. CT. All projects will be shared in a global legal hacking database.


    Questions about the schedule? Please email us at hi@mclegalhackers.org.


    We need problems to solve! Help us REIMAGINE THE LAW through legal + design + tech.
    Fill out the survey to submit your challenge:

  • sponsors

    Many thanks to the following for their generous support of the Music City Legal Hackathon

    and our mission to REIMAGINE THE LAW with legal + design + tech!

    Interested becoming a sponsor? Excellent! Please go HERE for more information!


    Revolutionary Sponsor

    ROSS Intelligence

    Evolutionary Sponsor

    The Accord Project

    Evolutionary Sponsor

    The Rayna Corp

    Marketing Sponsor

    Above the Law

    Media Sponsor


    Media Sponsor




    The Music City Legal Hackathon is a free event, powered 100% by volunteers, and ALL of our efforts go to solving real problems for pro bono and low bono legal services providers in Tennessee. We rely on the generosity of sponsors to fund the event and help us fulfill our mission and solve this equation:



    Sponsors also support our sister event, the Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI), an initiative of Vanderbilt Law's Program on Law and Innovation. Sponsors receive promotion and recognition through both events.


    Please CONTACT US if you would like to sponsor this inaugural event. In addition to earning legal hackathon superstar status, you will receive the following most awesome benefits:

    Promotion in the Sponsors section of this website AND the SoLI website!

    Join an exclusive group of access to justice supporters!

    Logos of any and all sponsors appear in the Sponsors section of this website, as well as the Blockchain and the Law Conference website (our sister event being held on April 7, 2017, prior to the Blockchain Bootcamp).

    Admission to the Summit on Law and Innovation!

    This is one event you don't want to miss!

    Evolutionary and Revolutionary sponsors receive admission to the Summit on Law and Innovation. SoLI the premier event of Vanderbilt Law's Program on Law and Innovation, attracts both speakers and attendees from across the globe, and will be a sell-out crowd. Learn more here.

    Promotion in email marketing!

    Our HUGE mailing list will see your name! All the time!

    In each email blast, we'll call out sponsors for their kind generosity in supporting this event. We'll make you look good. We promise. ;)

    Shameless promotion on social media!

    We will share our love for you — often!

    Donors pledging $1500 or more will receive regular promotion via our social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook), praising your generosity and thanking you profusely for helping us solve very important access to legal services problems.


    Seriously, is there a better reason?

    Every penny you pledge will go to support the creation of a technology solution to the most pressing need faced by those providing access to civil legal services to the thousands in Tennessee who could not otherwise afford legal help. Want an easy way to earn your wings? THIS is it.

  • FAQ

    Answers to some of your most pressing questions ...

    What is a legal hackathon?

    It’s a gathering of thinkers, dreamers, and doers who come together, typically over a weekend, to share ideas and build solutions to the challenges set. It’s basically a pop-up innovation lab, where you will meet and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds. If you want to be part of creating something interesting that makes a difference to our justice system, this event is for you!

    What is the theme and goal of the Music City Legal Hackathon?

    The theme for the inaugural Music City Legal Hackathon is LEGAL + TECH = ACCESS TO LEGAL SERVICES. We believe that technology offers solutions to some of the biggest and hardest-to-solve problems faced by those who are trying to serve the 80% of Americans who don't have access to the legal help they need. We want to solve some of these problems and create meaningful access to civil justice — via technology. Ultimately, the goal of this inaugural hackathon is to create technology solutions that create meaningful access to the most needed legal services.

    Isn't hacking illegal?

    Not this kind, but remember to be aware of the possible intellectual property rights of others.

    Who can participate? And what does it cost?

    Anyone* can participate! Hackathon teams will be groups of diverse people, with different skillsets and experience. You do not need to know how to code or have other technical skills in order to participate. The sole requirement: you have an interest in working creatively with a diverse team to create access to justice. There is NO COST to participate in the hackathon.

    *Must be at least 18 years old.

    What can I expect to experience at the hackathon?

    You can expect to think, do, and learn a lot! The event will begin with informational and team-forming sessions, then we will break out into teams, where the magic will happen.

    Where do I park for the hackathon?

    Great question! Parking is always a challenge on a university campus. But we have great news! FREE PARKING for the Hackathon! In the Terrace Place garage. Yay!

    How do I form or join a team?

    Teams are generally a group of 3 - 5 people with diverse skills, and ideally include at least one coder. You can register as a team or register individually and join a team the day of the hackathon. We'll have ideation and formation activities before the hackathon starts, to help teams form.

    What should I bring?

    Bring your laptop. We'll provide power, internet access, snacks, beverages, and lunch.

    Are there prizes for hackathon winners?

    Teams will share their Projects with Music City Legal Hackers for inclusion in a database available to Hackers world-wide who are interested in solving legal access problems. There will be no formal "judging" of Hackathon Projects at the 2018 Hackathon: our goal is to prototype creative solutions to big challenges we face in our legal systems by working together collaboratively, not competitively.

    Who owns the hackathon project and the IP?

    Information about the intellectual property (IP) rights in any work product resulting from Hackathon activities may be found in the Participation Agreement for the Music City Legal Hackathon.

    Is there a hackathon code of conduct?

    Yes! Go here to read the code of conduct (long version) that Music City Legal Hackers have adopted for this Hackathon.

    Is the venue fully accessible to all?

    Yes! Vanderbilt Law School is ADA compliant. Anyone needing accommodations may contact us at hi@mclegalhackers.org.

  • contact

    Questions? Please use the contact form below to get in touch. If you'd like to join the Music City Legal Hackers mailing list and get regular updates on our meetups and hackathon planning, please write "mailing list" in the message section.