2017 marks five years since a handful of recently graduated law students in New York City started a Meetup group called “Legal Hackers” that sought to bring lawyers, technologists, and policy makers together to discuss issues at the intersection of law and technology. Since then, the movement grew quickly — from a second chapter in Washington, D.C. started by original New York Legal Hackers members, to organizing legal hackathons and Le Hackie awards, to new chapters spreading across the United States and then the world, to international summits that brought chapter organizers together to discuss law, technology, and community building.

Legal Hackers now boasts over 50 chapters across five continents. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited for how far the movement has come! We’d like to especially thank Jonathan Askin for his inspiration and continued evangelizing and support, all of our chapter organizers and participants across the world, and everyone who has ever spoken at a panel, competed in a legal hackathon, or spread the word about Legal Hackers. We look forward to five many more years of legal hacking around the world! (Antarctica chapter, anyone??)

BONUS: A special message from the Legal Hackers Madrid chapter!