Friday, April 27, 2018

Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law

We are pleased to share the announcement of the eCourts 2018 conference keynote session.

University of Tennessee Law Professor Benjamin H. Barton will expand on the ideas in his and co-author Stephanos Bibas's 2017 book Rebooting Justice. They argue that our laws are too complex and legal advice too expensive. Both are obstacles for the poor and even middle-class Americans to get help and protect their rights.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Rebooting Justice “jump-start[s] a much-needed conversation about the future of the practice of law.”

Criminal defendants facing jail time may receive an appointed lawyer who is juggling hundreds of cases and immediately urges them to plead guilty. Civil litigants are even worse off; usually, they get no help at all navigating the maze of technical procedures and rules.

The answer is to use technology and procedural innovation to simplify and change the process itself. In the civil and criminal courts, where ordinary Americans appear the most, we should streamline complex procedures and assume that parties will not have a lawyer, rather than the other way around. We need a cheaper, simpler, faster justice system to control costs.

eCourts 2018 will take place at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, December 10-12.

Register now! Rates increase on June 30.

Exhibitors and Sponsors–this show sold out in 2016 and we expect the same this year. Sign up now for your booth and become a base sponsor to get more exposure. If you’re interested in exhibiting for the first time, contact Stacey Smith for more information.


  1. Looks like an interesting keynote, Jim. I'll be there!

  2. Agreed. I'll be there as well.