Legal Hackers

Legal Hackers is a global organization dedicated to instilling the ‘hacker mentality’ in the practice of law. Today, 160 chapters of Legal Hackers brings together lawyers, programmers, and business people for critical discussions on innovation in the practice of law and legal approaches to frontier technologies. In that same vein, U of T law Legal Hackers will convene faculty and students from computer science/engineering faculties for the following: 

1. A major year-long application development project targeting a problem in law, identified using legal design methods

2. Two debates

3. Pairing law and computer science students for Global Legal Hackathon

 For more information, contact: german.guberman@mail.utoronto.ca

Amanda Wolczanski

Amanda is a second year law student. She previously completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Political Science at the University of Toronto. This summer, she is interning at the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) as a Legal and Policy Researcher. Together with the SGC team, she is making the business case for why drug discovery can be efficient and cost-effective without traditional intellectual property protections, like patents. Amanda is excited to use her creativity and interdisciplinary perspective to build the legal profession of the future with Legal Hackers.

German Andres Guberman

German is a 2L student and entrepreneur. He co-founded Web3 infrastructure company DataX and currently works in project management and business analysis for legal technology company SecureDLT.

German is interested in helping shape the future of law and governance primarily through innovative organization in AI and blockchain. He first became interested in legal hackers after hearing their mission of bringing the ‘hacker’ mentality to law and increase cross-disciplinary collaboration, a vision he shares wholeheartedly.

Govind Mohan

Govind is a software developer and entrepreneur. He is completing his undergraduate degree at UofT where he studied computer science, philosophy and economics. He co-founded DataX.one in 2018, which is a Web3 company that seeks to radically change website indexing. He currently works as a blockchain developer at SecureDLT, a contract automation platform that uses novel NLP techniques to parse out obligations from contracts and auto-execute them via smart contracts. He has research interests in theory of computation, distributed computation/consensus, fractal theory and symbolic NLP.

Desiree Pulmones

Desiree Pulmones is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto. She is doing her major in Political Science, with a double-minor in Public Law and Sociology. She is also currently in their pilot program with Centennial College completing her Paralegal degree simultaneously.

Aside from her love for the law, she also shares her love with food, culture and travelling. She hopes to use her knowledge of all the above to contribute to Legal Hackers, and is excited about what the future holds for this new beginning.

Chris Chan

Chris is entering 3L at the University of Toronto Law School. He is coming from a background in Computer Science, and has considerable web development experience.

Chris has worked with nine different startups through the Hatchery in a project management and consulting role. He has always strived to find and solve challenging puzzles, which drew him to both the programming and legal fields. As part of Toronto Legal Hackers he aims to inspire others who share the same drive to overcome the challenges faced by society.

Will Boan

Will is a 3L student whose primary goal is to see the disruption of the legal services industry by legal tech. As a legal researcher at Blue J Legal, he came up with substantial ideas for systemic improvement, then taught himself how to program so as to implement them. As a research assistant, he has conducted quantitative, empirical research and analysis of Canadian administrative law, and he is currently helping to manage a project to apply machine learning and natural language processing to privacy policies.

On the side, Will is a professional violinist. At 17, he was selected for a position in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, becoming the youngest Assistant Concertmaster in Canada.

Ultimately, Will aims to be a positive force in the world. He believes that economics and logic are largely compatible with emotion and morality. He subscribes to social contract theory and likes to think in terms of economics and game theory.

Leticia

Leticia is completing her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Toronto. She is interested in exploring the many ways technology can help improve and innovate diverse fields. She is excited by the opportunity to join forces with legal minds to investigate the new possibilities arising from combining tech with law.