October 26, 2015
Civil legal aid has a new ally: technology. At a recent hackathon competition hosted at UCLA School of Law, teams of law students, young lawyers, and programmers raced to develop software to improve transactional practice and access to affordable housing. The hackathon, known as Code the Deal LA, offered participants the opportunity to consider civil legal aid matters in a new way as well as a $3,000 grand prize.
The winner? A team from Michigan State University College of Law whose app, BigTenant, allows renters to scan in their paper leases and searches for keywords that might signal illegal clauses and fees. The app also includes a step-by-step questionnaire to help tenants determine whether their apartment’s maintenance concerns justify withholding rent.
Organizations mentioned/involved: UCLA School of Law