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A new pro bono portal launched for lawyers looking to help people hit hard by the pandemic. (TechCrunch) (Kristen Sonday)

Things to consider before adopting more software and automation. (Medium) (Joyce Raby)

In the spirit of social distancing, a court in Louisiana instituted remote check-in so that lawyers and defendants can wait in their cars. (24d) (Scott Schlegel)


Outdated government systems remind us that a coding language can have wide ranging administrative and policy implications. (Technical.ly)

To catch sick people, thermal cameras could be the new CCTV. (OneZero) The proposal is riddled with civil liberty concerns. (WaPo)

Contact tracing apps are not a solution to the COVID-19 crisis. (Brookings) Meanwhile, facial recognition company, Clearview AI, is back with a contact tracing proposal. (NBC)

Prison visits might move to Zoom. (Slate)

The U.S. Supreme Court alters argument protocol for online oral arguments. (Bloomberg) The National Center for State Courts published resources on using video conferencing and chatbots. (NCSC) Once this is all over, courts should evaluate—not get rid of—new technology applications. (IAALS)

Parolees say that Telmate's Guardian App, which is used to manage community release, is riddled with errors. (Gizmodo)

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Georgia can’t copyright its annotated legal code. Thank you to all the work done by Carl Malamud and Public.Resource on this case. (SCOTUS)

CEO of surveillance firm Banjo once helped a KKK leader shoot up a synagogue. (OneZero) Since the news broke, Indiana and Utah suspended their contracts with the firm. (OneZero)

Tech is a double-edged for domestic violence victims. (Wired)

A judge cleared Baltimore’s surveillance plane for takeoff. (AP)

The ACLU is suing to find out how Facebook beat a 2018 wiretap case. (Bloomberg)

Santa Clara County, Calif. joins other jurisdictions by expunging old marijuana convictions with the help of an algorithm. (Mercury)

Code for America released a qualitative research guide. (CfA)

Saturday Night Live parodied a Zoom criminal investigation. (SNL)

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[Virtual] The Law and Society Association conference is May 28-31, 2020. (LSA)

[Virtual] Docacon, a conference that teaches docassemble, is June 26 at the Stetson University College of Law in Tampa. (Doca)

[Stay tuned] We Robot 2020 may not take place at the University of Ottawa. (UOttawa)

[Cancelled] The Seventh National Convening on Research and Data at the American Society of Criminology in D.C. is looking for panelists. The event is Nov. 18-21. (ASC)

Jobs & Opportunities

AI Now Institute has numerous openings. (AI Now)

Arnold Ventures has a bunch of job openings in their various criminal justice tracks. (Arnold)

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is looking for a deputy director and a program coordinator. (Aspen) (h/t Betsy Cooper)

ATJ Tech Fellows Program is looking for fellows and partner organizations. (ATJ)

Berkeley Law's Technology & Public Policy Clinic is looking for a clinical teaching fellow. (Cal)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

Code for America is looking for a senior consulting engineer for its “Clear My Record” expungement project. (CfA) (h/t Matt Bernius)

The FBI needs a software engineer. (FBI)

Georgetown’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy reopened its student writing competition, deadline is May 31. (GULC)

Good Call, a legal support tech non-profit, needs a volunteer to help compile an online resource center. (GC)

The Harvard Berkman Klein Center is looking for a fellow to research online take-down notices. (BKC)

The Illinois Courts are looking for a senior program manager for its legal technology initiatives. (ILCourts)

The Justice System Journal has a call out for papers on the empirical research into indigent defense, deadline is May 15. (JSJ)

Lagniappe Law Lab is looking for an access-to-justice tech fellow. (LLL)

Measures for Justice has numerous open positions in their research and technology sections. (MfJ)

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem needs a data analyst. (NDSH)

Neota Logic, an expert systems platform, is looking for a university and non-profit relationships director, plus other roles. (Neota)

City of Oakland needs a data scientist for its police performance project. (Oak)

Paladin, a pro bono platform, is looking for an account manager. (Paladin)

The Philly District Attorney's Office is looking for researchers, data scientists and programmers. (PDAO)

Pro Bono Net has numerous openings in New York for project management and other roles. (PBN)

Quest for Justice is looking for a front end developer and marketing director. (Q4J) (Disclosure: I work for Q4J.)

Recidiviz, a criminal justice data platform, is looking to fill multiple roles. (Recidiviz)

TechCongress needs Congressional digital fellows to help deal with the pandemic. (TechCongress)

Texas Southern University’s Center for Justice Research is looking for a research analyst. (TSU)

Theory and Principle, a legal software development boutique, needs a back-end dev. (T&P)

Thorn, a platform fighting child sex trafficking, has a number of positions open. (Thorn)

UCLA’s Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project is looking for project research fellows. (UCLA) (h/t Jeff Kelly)

Upturn is looking for summer fellows. (Upturn)

Yale Law School is looking for visiting fellows for the Information Society Project. (ISP)