Just Debt: Reimagining Fines and Fees in America – Moderated by Van Jones

You won’t want to miss a special Thursday evening program brought to you by the ABA Center for Innovation and the National Conference of Bar Presidents, featuring CNN Commentator Van Jones. While many now know the damaging effects—job loss, housing loss, license suspensions, and even imprisonment—fines and fees can have, Just Debt? Reimagining Fines & Fees in America focuses on the critical question: How can we create a more just and reliable system? This program will tackle tough questions about and explore opportunities for fines and fees innovation, justice system funding, and procedural improvements. This is sure to be one of the highlights of the ABA Annual Meeting.


Thursday, August 10, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sheraton New York
Times Square

Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor


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ABA Annual Spotlight Program – Call for proposals

The ABA Center for Innovation is accepting proposals for its Spotlight event at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City on August 12, 2017. The Center will select 10 speakers, who will each deliver a crisp, high-level, 8-minute TED-style talk to an elite audience about a legal innovation. Applicants may submit any legal innovation, including those that are civil or criminal, technological or process-driven, individual or systemic, implemented or in the planning stages.

Please submit by May 15, 2017 a short (500 words or less) description of your legal innovation to innovationcenter@americanbar.org. Descriptions should include the following:

  • Your name and your organization’s name
  • The problem your innovation seeks to address
  • How your innovation addresses the problem
  • What your innovation’s impact will be
  • Obstacles you’ve overcome

Optional: You may include a link to your website or a short (maximum 90 seconds) video about your legal innovation.

The ABA Center for Innovation will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

  • The problem’s severity and complexity
  • The solution’s effectiveness and efficiency
  • Creativity
  • Replicability
  • Speaker diversity

Innovations can relate to any part of the legal industry, including but not limited to corporate legal departments, legal services organizations, legal education, bar associations, law firms, and courts.

Center for Innovation at ABA Midyear

The Center will be presenting a program at the ABA 2017 Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL. It will provide an overview of the legal landscape and the need for innovation, along with a quick tutorial on how to successfully develop and use apps to assist with the delivery of legal services.

Program Description: There are tectonic shifts occurring in the practice of law. Technology and globalization are impacting all sectors of the profession. Understanding these trends and harnessing them for your practice is essential to being successful in the 21st century.

This workshop will enhance your ability to thrive in this new arena. From providing you with a snapshot of changing market forces, to helping you develop practical uses for technology, this program will provide hands-on tools and information on how you can be more entrepreneurial in this new world.

Attendees also will receive a tutorial on the many ways to increase access to legal services through the use of online apps, as well as a demonstration of the new ABA Blueprint project that provides a suite of services for solo and small firms.

Ramon A. Abadin, Sedgwick LLP, Miami, FL
Chad E. Burton, CuroLegal, Dayton, OH
Jordan Furlong, Law21, Ottawa, ON
Judy Perry Martinez, New Orleans, LA
Margaret Hagan, Stanford University Law School, Stanford, CA

Legal Innovations 101  February 5, 2017, 1:00-3:00pm Hyatt Regency Miami, 3rd Floor, Miami Lecture Hall

Program flyer with speaker bios.(PDF)