As legal practitioners in Africa seek a better understanding of what is happening at the cutting edge of law and technology, as well as exploring opportunities to participate in the development or adoption of new legal technologies, there is no shortage of communities to which they can turn.
Lawyers can join a legal community platform (more virtual than physical) in order to gain access to accurate information and knowledge sharing. Today’s world revolves around interactions and personal relationships, hence being a part of such communities is critical to building a high-quality network of colleagues for situations where you need guidance, advice or suggestions.
After all, who wouldn’t want to be a part of a community that offers free and private connections while still providing opportunities to learn and share information on a daily basis?
Changes in the legal industry brought about by technology have spawned a fascinating network of communities devoted to legal innovation in all its forms:
The Innovation Law Club Africa (“ILCA”) is a global network of technology law experts. The ILCA was founded to educate and empower lawyers and law students on a wide range of technology law topics. ILCA recognizes the need to train a new generation of African lawyers who understand how the law responds to the growth, challenges, and opportunities of innovation. The ILCA has organized a number of insightful events in line with their objectives. For instance, the conversation with Rajan Gupta, Head of Legal Technology, Facebook. Also, the fireside chat with Aaron Fu, Head of Growth at the Catalyst Fund, and many more. Join the community .
The African Law & Tech Network is a group of legal industry experts and connectors who collaborate with law firms, regulators, and governments all over the world. The ALT Network’s mission is to strengthen Africa’s legal and technological ecosystem by promoting the growth of enabling legislative and regulatory environments for tech innovation across all industries. Membership of this community comes both in the free access and the paid access. You can get more information on being a member of the community here.
Africa Legal was created in 2018 with the aim of making it easier for African legal professionals to advance their careers, stay up to date on industry news, and take advantage of digital courses all in one spot. Africa Legal’s mission is to become the go-to resource for African professional careers at any time and any place.
Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists, and academics who explore and create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing legal and technological issues. Legal Hackers identify challenges and opportunities in the practice of law through local meetups, hackathons, and workshops. In Africa, there is Legal Hackers Lagos, Legal Hackers Abuja, Legal Hackers Cape Town, Legal Hackers Accra, Legal Hackers Kampala, and many more.
The Lawyers Hub, Kenya is a Legal-Technology Policy organization whose mission is to provide creative and technology-driven solutions to policy, legal practice, and access to justice, with an emphasis on technology-driven businesses and policy alternatives. HiiL, Google, Omidyar Network, Scale My Hustle, Amnesty International, and others have lent their support to this community. The Lawyers Hub, Kenya has a telegram community platform that you can join here.
The academy equips students with the legal expertise and technical skills necessary to comprehend the relationship between law, technology, and innovation.
7. Lawyers in Tech
The Lawyers in Tech community has a mission to ensure that new generation of lawyers are well-prepared to practice law in this digital age. They believe that lawyers must be bilingual; they must understand both the language of the code and the language of the law. For anyone interested in being a part of this community, you can send your names and phone numbers to email@example.com.
This association was formed by the Lawyers Hub with the aim of engaging Individual members, institutions, law firms, tech firms, development partners, other relevant organizations across the continent on law and technology spheres. The association is also the organizer of the annual Africa Law Tech Festival, an annual conference designed to appeal to a wide array of players in the legal tech space through a multifaceted approach to conferencing. The Festival brings together like-minded individuals to lead idea-focused conversations and further innovation. Join the community here.
It is important and beneficial to be a member of any of the communities as even the African proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”