This blog was originally featured on the MetaJure blog.

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced that MetaJure Founding Director Marty Smith has been named Vice Chair of the Center for Innovation in Chicago.  The Center was created late last year following recommendations from the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services.  Smith has been serving as a member of the council since its creation.

The mission of the Center for Innovation is to “advance the ABA’s position as the lead architect of the legal profession’s efforts to increase access to justice and improve the delivery of legal services through innovative programs and initiative.  It serves as a resource for ABA members and operates a program of fellowships to work with other professionals, such as technologists, entrepreneurs and design professionals.”

The center’s governing and advisory council includes thought leaders in technology, innovation, design thinking, and the legal services industry from across the US.  It is chaired by Andrew Perlman, the Dean of Suffolk Law School.

About Marty Smith

Prior to co-founding Metajure Inc., Smith was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP (now K&L Gates) and founder of that firm’s IP department. At Preston, he advised a multitude of technology companies on information technology, software and computer law, and international commercial transactions.

About the ABA Center for Innovation

Launched in 2016 at the recommendation of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the ABA Center for Innovation is creating more accessible, efficient, and effective legal services in the United States and around the globe. The Center improves legal services through innovation, education, and collaboration.

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