SMU Law Students to Showcase Innovative New Apps designed to Help DFW Community Navigate Legal Issues


Students developed apps with legal aid-organizations for tech-focused class

DALLAS (SMU) – As a result of SMU Dedman School of Law’s course, “Technology, Innovation and Law: Designing Legal Apps,” several new consumer-friendly software apps – designed by Dedman Law students with input from regional legal-aid groups – will be showcased at a free public event Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 12:15 in Hillcrest Classroom, Underwood Law Library, 6550 Hillcrest Ave. 

To create the software applications, three teams of SMU Dedman Law students collaborated with legal-aid partners SMU Law W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, SMU Law Patent Legal Clinic, and the Family Violence Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to provide resources to address the most common legal issues faced by the communities each group serves.

Each student team will demonstrate how each app concept works and the value it could offer to address social justice challenges.

This course allows students learn a marketable technology skill and the apps they develop will help legal aid organizations provide more services to their clients,” said Associate Professor W. Keith Robinson, co-director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation, which developed and guided the class.

“The initiative and its valuable partnerships benefit everyone involved,” said Jennifer Collins, Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law. “Students learn how to use technology in innovative ways to solve complex legal problems, legal aid groups can reduce costs and improve outcomes, and the law school can help underserved communities access the legal assistance they so desperately need.”

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