NCCU Law Students Yield Top Prize During Legal Competition

Posted January 18, 2022, 1:30PM

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law's Technology Law and Policy Center and the Duke Center on Law and Technology partnered to host the Legal Design Derby Virtual Solutions Showcase to highlight work done by teams of students from law schools across North Carolina as part of the Legal Design Derby.

Using live and asynchronous content, students developed real-time solutions to challenges and opportunities facing the legal system due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six teams of law students presented creative idea in five minutes that addressed the question, “How to carry forward the legal system’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic to maximize access to justice?” 

NCCU law students Vabrice Wilder Smiley, Brittany Burks, Hillary Teoyotl and Lexus Real were declared the first-place winner. The group took home $250 individual cash prizes. Their idea of “Law on Wheels” focused on improving traffic court and bringing the gap between the justice system to the underserved. 

Two teams comprised of six students from Duke University School of Law secured a tie for second place. The groups were awarded $150 each for their ideas of using flow charts to communicate legal processes and publicly funded art for sharing legal information using non-fungible tokens (NFTs)

All participants in the fall derby will have the opportunity for support and resources in spring 2022 to continue their efforts to build prototypes.

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