What You Actually Need to Know about Diversity in Legal Tech in 2021, and 7 Ways to Improve It

Excerpt from Medium:

The entire purpose of legal technology is to make law more accessible and easier to navigate for lawyers and clients alike. Technology is the future of the industry, and thus, those who shape the tech will shape the future of justice. Considering how dire the current justice gap is, legaltech founders have immense power and responsibility to build well-informed products for a variety of users, and diverse leaders will often raise issues that others wouldn’t consider to achieve that outcome. Put simply, by decreasing design bias through diverse and female founders, our technology will be more comprehensive and impactful. Especially as consumers become more diverse, it’s essential that their backgrounds, experiences, and use cases are reflected in the tools they’re using to solve critical legal issues.

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If you can be a client, buy their products. If you can invest, write a check. If you know decision makers, make an introduction. If you’re on social media, share or like these companies’ posts. If you’re a journalist, write about or interview them. If you host a conference, invite them to speak (about their expertise, not about diversity). If you work at a law school, invite them to present to students. Commit to just one of these things in 2021 and collectively, we will make change.

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