ABA JusticeHack New York 2017

We attracted over 160 diverse lawyers, community and industry leaders, students, experts from law enforcement and legal communities, designer and technologists.  Fordham University School of Law served as the venue host in conjunction with the CLE in the City initiative during the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting.

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sponsors & participating supporters

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

North Carolina Central University School of Law

Dechert LLP

Drucilla Stender Ramey & Lillian Moy

Legal Server

Asian American Bar Association of New York City


Venture Café Miami

ABA Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice 

winning projects

An esteemed team of expert judges evaluate concepts or apps on four main criteria:  user experience, innovation, impact, and feasibility—as well as collaboration and scale.

I’m Stopped (Winner): This voice-activated application notifies registered next of kin when an individual is stopped by law enforcement.  The application uses GPS location to triangulate the location of the booking precinct and also includes Know Your Rights videos.

Motion & Noise: Smart Policing (2nd place): This application uses stress-based monitoring technology (i.e., blood pressure and heart rate) to evaluate law enforcement officer’s biological responses to escalated circumstances to trigger an audible alarm to commence mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions and uses SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or IOT (internet of things) to remote lock his or her firearm.

VERBIS (3rd place): This application provides real time sign language translation and a proximity-based notification for a law enforcement officer who is or will interact with hearing impaired individuals, using an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) tile.  The application also uses facial recognition to provide assistive interpretation.


Brian Brakeen, CEO & Founder, Kairos

Milton Irving, Executive Director, Timothy Smith Network

John Greiner, Esq.,  Founder & President, Just Tech

Hon. Milton Tingling, New York State Supreme Court Clerk

Meng He, Product Designer & Product Manager, ABI/ZX Ventures' Disruptive Growth Organization

Maxim Price, Esq., Co-Founder & CEO, CrowdRaising.co / Executive Board Member, Fordham Law Entrepreneur Alumni Group