The UALR Bowen Legal Innovation Hack-a-Thon is the first legal-themed hackathon in the state of Arkansas. The goal of the hackathon is to drive legal innovation and to support entrepreneurship that benefits the legal community and the community at large.

Major legal companies are sending international mentors and developers. Open APIs will include, and more. Create technology to support the legal system, and connect with opportunities across the country and globe.

The hackathon will immediately follow the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 2016 Law Review Symposium, Legal Hacking: Technology and Innovation in the Legal Profession


We will have legal-tech industry sponsors, law students, attorneys and faculty. 

But we need YOUR development skills.


Our event is open to anyone, age 18 or older, interested in technology, the law and distributing legal services through innovation.


Projects will be started and completed on-site.  Sponsor-provided API's and data will be available, but participants will have free reign to create.  


Unsure where to start? We will present a list of project ideas for teams looking for direction. Teams may use presented ideas or create their own!

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,500 in prizes

First place

$1,000 prize for team scoring highest based on judging criteria.

Second place

$500 prize for team scoring 2nd-highest based on judging criteria

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Register by clicking the "Register for this hackathon" button.

See Rules for more information.

If you have questions, please email


Toby Unwin

Toby Unwin
Chief Innovation Officer / Premonition

Dan Lear

Dan Lear
Director of Industry Relations / Avvo

Jeannette Eicks

Jeannette Eicks
Research Professor of Law & Co-Director, Center for Legal Innovation Vermont Law School

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis
CEO and co-founder of Ravel Law

Angela Upchurch

Angela Upchurch
Associate Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Lawrence Whitman

Lawrence Whitman
Dean, UALR Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology

Thomas Wallace

Thomas Wallace
Program Coordinator, UALR Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation: 35%
    How unique is the product from everything else out there?
  • Impact: 35%
    How critical is the need addressed by the product? What problem does the product? Does it have the ability to grow and change over time?
  • User-friendly: 15%
    How user-friendly is the product for the end user?
  • Execution: 15%
    To what degree does the final product work as of the end of the event?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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