Judges, Mentors, and Volunteers


These are guidelines and not requirement.

Host locations are responsible for recruiting a panel of 3-5 judges, that are representative of a wide set of stakeholders.  A mix of the following is required:

CIO or Senior Partner of Law Firm Senior Technologist, ideally a CTO of a legal tech solution General Counsel or in-house counsel representative
Government personnel NGO or Non-Profit representative, dealing with legal issue Law School dean or professor
Other (with explanation) 

*Panel should not include more than one representative of a single stakeholder group or organization

*Panel can include a sponsoring company, as long as there is no obvious conflict of interest (e.g. the sponsor also has teams representing the organization).

Judge Panel Submission Due: March 4th, 2020

Official Judging Rubric:  This rubric is not required for hosts to use, but it is a suggested guide. However, this rubric is similar to the judging standards in the second and third rounds.


What's required of mentors:

Here's a great run down of what is expected of mentors at the Global Legal Hackathon. It was partially sourced from  Berkley.edu, and edited to address Global Legal Hackathon specifics. 

  1. Be available for participants. Participants will contact mentors they believe will be able to address their questions via the Cadence event app. Responding to teams’ questions is not a 24/7 responsibility, but please check the communication channels regularly, and get back to participants in a reasonable timeframe.
  2. Offer what you know. It’s better to acknowledge not-knowing than to point teams down a wrong or sub-optimal path. Your advice about reliable on-line sources of information might be as or more valuable to participants as answers to their specific question. Especially if you’re not sure. Feel free to refer teams to another mentor if you know that s/he is better suited to answer a given question.
  3. Don’t join a team, you are not a hackathon participant. Tempting as it might be to dash off a few lines of code, or a couple of paragraphs for a team’s web site About page, please curb your enthusiasm! Pointers, reference to examples, advice about design are all in-bounds. Contributing to the team’s actual work product is not the role of a mentor.
  4. Share questions and answers. To the degree possible, we would like all teams to benefit from questions asked and answered in team/mentor interactions. Mentors are strongly encouraged to summarize questions/answers for posting to the whole group of participants in the live feed on Cadence event app. As we get close to the kickoff date, hackathon organizers will announce how information is to be shared among participants, and how mentors should publish to the selected platform.

Recruiting mentors: 

Mentors are professionals that are well experienced in areas and skill sets needed over the course of the hackathon weekend. Here are some example professionals that you may wish to invite to mentor: 

  • Well seasoned hackathoners. Individuals who have organized a hackathon previously and are senior professionals in one of the below areas. 
  • Senior technologists: this could be software project managers, developers, analysts and more. 
  • CIO's and CTO's
  • Senior project managers 
  • Seasoned business development and marketing leaders
  • Startup Founders and Entrepreneurs


You may need to recruit volunteers to help you run you a successful hackathon. We encourage that you make them easily identifiable by wearing the same shirt, lanyards, or name tags. There are many tasks that volunteers may be assigned such as:

  • Set up and take down of event
  • Running your registration table
  • Take photography
  • Managing social media
  • Documenting what happens at the event for storytelling afterward
  • Managing the food for the attendees
  • Managing the technology at the event for the attendees
    • Wi-Fi Access
    • Power Outlets
    • Any Audio Visual Equipment
  • Answering attendees questions
  • Being an MC to run the event and keeping to the schedule
  • Managing Judges and Mentors