Melbourne Law students to present legal apps at Awards Night

Melbourne Law students to present legal apps at Awards Night
Melbourne Law students to present legal apps at Awards Night

This Wednesday, 23 October, students from Melbourne Law School will compete in this semester’s Law Apps Awards Night at the law school.

During the spirited event, students will showcase the legal applications they have created in their Law Apps course led by Senior Lecturer Gary Cazalet using the Neota Logic software development platform with support from global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.

The students will present to the following judges, who will award the prize for the best app:

  • Professor Pip Nicholson – Dean, Melbourne Law School
  • Priscilla Bryans – Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Dominique Simsion – Director, Consulting and Solutions, APAC, Neota Logic

To design and build their legal apps, the students have worked alongside not-for-profit organizations. 

The competing apps are:

  • My Choices: Developed for Dr Carolyn Johnson of Melbourne University and the Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria, the app enables users to record their medical care preferences via video, thereby avoiding the need to fill out paperwork.  The app promotes usability among the elderly Chinese community. Features include direct recording of video statements through the app, choice of English and Chinese languages, and easy access to recorded statements by doctors.
  • Mi Consent: Developed for Alfred Health hospitals of Australia, this is a multi-app system streamlines the process of obtaining and maintaining the consent of participants in research medical studies. It has been designed to maximize ease-of-use for people who are not familiar with the research study process. Features include an invitation tool for researchers and a tool for participants that facilitates informed consent and easy withdrawal at any time.
  • My Care, My Choice: Developed for Dr Carolyn Johnson and organizations for the LGBTQ+ community, this app enables users to record their medical care preferences via video and thereby create a “values directive,” which guides guide medical practitioners and care providers. Features include separate paths for patients and doctors, direct recording of patient statements by video through the app, and step-by-step guidance for users. 
  • Media Law Companion: Developed for 3CR Community Radio of Australia, which helps progressive communities voice ideas and promotes social change.  The app provides tailored guidance to people seeking to leverage their communication rights and also provides an interactive education component that helps people understand their rights to use particular types of media in specific situations. Features include advanced rule-based reasoning, interactive quizzes, and narrowly tailored guidance reports. 

The event will be on Facebook via Melbourne Law School on Wednesday, October, 23, from 6:15 to 7:45 pm Melbourne time (AEST).


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