Innovating Justice Forum in Nairobi

Lawyers and Tech-prenuers all converged at Strathmore Business School on the 21st of April 2016 for the first ever Legal Tech forum in Kenya. It began with workshops by Legal Zoom, Strathmore and the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) giving entrepreneurs insights on the legal framework regarding their businesses.

The Chief Justice also gave a talk on the need for innovation in the justice sector, which was followed by a panel discussion on the readiness of East Africa for Justice Technology. Next we had personal startup experience sessions by the founders of ShopOfficer and mSME Garage. Lastly we had Manu Chandaria on the enterpreneurship environment, what works and what doesn’t.

It was definitely a unique platform in a very conducive environment for Legal IT. What struck me was the knowledge gap in the tech sector in legal matters. Lawyers and innovators need to collaborate more if we are to break ground in Alternative Legal Services. The technology should be programed to provide a solution to a growing need. Simply put, lawyers just want life to be made easier. With all the work that goes into research, drafting and advising clients, the last thing we want is disruption. Thus the technology should solve an actual need while saving time and increasing billing but not something that would otherwise be redundant at some point.

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