The Legal Technology Resource Center’s Women of Legal Tech initiative aims to promote diversity and celebrate women in legal technology. This initiative started in 2015 with a list of innovators and leaders in legal technology. With this year’s additions, this list now includes 132 talented and influential women leaders. Every Monday and Wednesday we will introduce a woman from our class from 2021. Today we have Jennifer Wondracek!
Jennifer Wondracek is the Director of the Law Library, Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Capital University Law School. Find her on Twitter @JenWondracek.
What are three points that describe you?
- Think outside the box
- Ready to try new things
How is teleworking / quarantine going for you?
Good but busy! My work picked up when we started teleworking, and it never really slowed down. I’ve just started my new position at Capital University and it’s exciting to learn a new role.
How did you get into legal engineering?
When I was five years old (Commodore 64) I got my first computer and I was sold with technology. I love to learn about new things and keep experimenting. In my position as a personnel attorney at NC Prisoner Legal Services, I was involved in the implementation of our first case management system almost by accident. In the course of my career, I took on more and more challenges and opportunities in legal technology.
What projects have you been focusing on lately?
The Law Review and Accessible Law Journal of my former employer, UNT Dallas College of Law, were working on a jury video for the Dallas County Courts. As part of the effort, my team created a free 360 degree training experience for the jurors to learn more about the people in the courtroom and their roles. We expect it to be rolled out when the Dallas Courts return to personal juries.
Is there a legal technical resource that really helped you when you started out in the field?
The people in the field have been my best resource. I appreciate everyone who answered my countless questions as I sought further education.
What do you see as the most important emerging technology right now, legal or not?
I think one of the technologies that can help and hinder us is facial recognition. We need to find an ethical balance for its use while improving technology and data to avoid future bias.
What advice would you give other women interested in studying legal technology?
Don’t wait for the perfect time. Just jump in. You can start as small or as big as you want, just start.
Greet another legal engineering woman who you admire or have learned from!
Ivy B. Gray was a huge inspiration to me! She is one of the people I automatically think of when I want to exchange ideas.