Legal Innovation + Technology Certificate
Class of 2019
Leighton Allen was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He received his Bachelors in Information Technology from Broward College. Prior to law school, Leighton worked for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in the Information Technology department where he worked closely with physicians. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, one of the projects that he participated in was Meaningful Use, where he collaborated with physicians (ranging from millennials to baby boomers) to utilize the hospital’s Electronic Health Record. Based on some process improvements in the Meaningful Use project, Leighton was awarded the Divisional Innovator Award.
While at HCA, Leighton experienced what the effects on a corporation are when a law changes, and how important technology was to comply with that new law. Stemming from this experience, he was inspired to attend law school to study health care, data privacy, and cybersecurity law. At Chicago-Kent, he discovered the Legal Innovation & Technology certification, and instantly knew that this would be a good fit for him. Leighton’s favorite courses, in the certificate program, are Legal Project Management & Process Improvement (Lean/Six Sigma), and Justice & Technology Practicum.
What Leighton learned in the Legal Project Management & Process Improvement course was vital to him while working as a Summer Legal Intern at The Joint Commission because process improvement tools are part of their culture. In fact, during his interview with The Joint Commission, Leighton was asked if he would be willing to become Yellow Belt Six Sigma certified during his internship. Leighton was proud to let his interviewers know that he already obtained his Yellow Belt certification through the Legal Project Management + Process Improvement course.