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This experiential education event will challenge its participants to create legal innovation that can support economic development. The “Legithon” will bring together creative people with interests in law, business, and public service for a weekend of intensive, hands-on work and learning at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. Participants will work for two days with coaches and mentors drawn from academia, business and the legislature itself to draft model legislation that could create a productive legal climate for fostering technology-based business while still protecting the public interest. The Legithon is learning through the act of creating. It allows people to step outside of their comfort zone and dedicate a weekend to learning about policy making and drafting concrete proposals for changing laws. Legithon is not a conference to listen and study theory, but a place to learn how to put good ideas for specific change into concrete form. The target will be:
“Law changes that will foster economic development, particularly development involving innovative technology, but which will not require significant public expenditure or subsidy, and which will respect the general good of society.”
Would changes in law help promote the Maker Movement? The sharing economy? The adoption of the Blockchain? Bring your ideas on these and other possibilities to Montpelier. Join us November 13 - 15, 2015 at the Vermont State House.
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What we will do

We start with dinner on Friday at 6pm, with the chance for informal conversation, and then kick off the formal program at 7pm with welcomes and a summary of how good legislation gets made, before moving to the idea generation and selection phase. Come with ideas ready to share.
With the teams formed and the ideas on the table, Saturday is the work day. The groups will work with expert coaches to develop their proposals, putting together both a policy statement that justifies the suggested law along with specific legal language that would accomplish the change. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For any teams that want to work into the evening, we have arranged for a work location at the Capital Plaza Hotel, just down the street from the State House.
Sunday is about sharing and judging – with the teams finalizing their proposals and presenting them to the group and to our judges. We’ll be done after lunch. Prizes will be fun – the real value is in the experience and the end-product. We’ll provide a light breakfast and a pizza lunch so you won’t go hungry.