Top firms’ lawyers, university students unite in legal hackathon

Lawyers and university students partook in a 52-hour, ‘Shark Tank’ hackathon this weekend to look at possible innovations in the legal field.

More than 70 students and lawyers from 12 top firms came together at Queensland University of Technology on the weekend for a 52-hour hackathon, pitching ideas with the potential to impact the legal field.
 
In an event called “Disrupting Law” which was created by the QUT Starters and The Legal Forecast, students from diverse fields such as law, business, design and IT developed and pitched ideas with the help of lawyers from top firms.
 
The student participants then presented their ideas to a “Shark Tank” style panel of entrepreneurs and legal professionals.
 
The firm said it is proud to support The Legal Forecast, a nonprofit organisation founded by McCullough Robertson lawyer Tegun Middleton and clerk Milan Gandhi, in 2015.
 
The organisation aims to encourages young lawyers to consider the role of innovation in improving the practice of law, the legal system and access to justice for everyday Australians, McCullough Robertson said.
 
“As a firm we have always been prepared to do things differently in order to create positive change. A big part of our ethos is our deep and hands on links to our community across a range of initiatives, particularly those that allow our people to make a real difference outside of work,” said McCullough Robertson Innovation Chair Kristen Podagiel.

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