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The 2019 Innovations in Technology Conference will be held at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. All attendees must register using the conference registration website
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Thursday, January 10 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Building the Legal Help AI Infrastructure: Taxonomies, Datasets, and Classifiers

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds huge promise for legal services and access to justice: helping people spot their legal issues, offering them the best resources, and assisting lawyers in triaging and serving clients more effectively. To achieve this AI-powered future, there is crucial infrastructure work to be done. In this session, panelists will describe the groundwork being done to create an ecosystem of AI-powered legal services. This work includes: refining a second version of the National Subject Matter Index as a taxonomy of legal issues; creating labeled datasets around legal help information (including from Reddit, ABA Free Legal Answers, and legal help websites) that can train AI models; marking up legal help websites with a standard scheme; and developing initial classifiers to spot legal issues. Attendees will learn what these AI-infrastructure projects are, and how they can take part in this work and harness it for their own organizations. Attendees will also work to brainstorm other infrastructure efforts, or expansions on the presented ones, that could advance the legal services AI ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for David Colarusso

David Colarusso

Director, Legal Innovation & Tech Lab, Suffolk University Law School
David Colarusso is the founding Director of Suffolk University Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab. An attorney and educator by training, he has worked as a public defender, data scientist, software engineer, and high school physics teacher. He is the author of... Read More →
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Margaret Hagan

Director, Stanford Legal Design Lab
Margaret Hagan is the Director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University, as well as lecturer in the Institute of Design (the ct.school). She is a lawyer, and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a DPhil from Queen's University Belfast, an MA from Central European University... Read More →
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Erika Rickard

Senior Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization, Pew Charitable Trusts
Erika Rickard leads Pew’s work to modernize the nation’s civil legal system, a project to pilot and evaluate the most promising technologies and tools to assist people without access to a lawyer. These include online dispute resolution, which brings the entire court process online... Read More →
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Sarterus Rowe

National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator, Northwest Justice Project
Sarterus Rowe is the National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator, Northwest Justice Project, Seattle. He is a techie-lawyer and access-to-justice wizard at NJP where he runs LSNTAP.org the Legal Service National Technology Assistance Project. He has produced over 1000 YouTube... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Orleans/Rosalie/St. Claude 3rd Floor