Hwang: The Legal Innovation Defense Fund

Tim Hwang of the Data and Society Institute invites participation in a new project: The Legal Innovation Defense (LID) Fund, described in a new post at Robot Robot and Hwang.

Here are excerpts from the post:

[...] Today, I want to propose an idea [...]: The Legal Innovation Defense (LID) Fund. The idea is simple: the LID Fund will create a collective insurance program that provides a defense system against the low probability, high impact possibility that a new technology in the legal space will be later discovered to have engaged in UPL [unauthorized practice of law].

There are three components to this project. First, the money: LID would be funded by two main types of actors. There would be a set of smaller startups, non-profits, and other organizations experimenting in legal technology that would pay a small monthly fee for membership in the coalition. We also envision a group of larger institutional supporters and investors with interests in shaping the overall landscape of law around UPL.

Second, the shield: upon facing an UPL action, coalition members would be permitted to trigger the assistance of the LID Fund. The program would deploy not only a preset insurance payment to support the litigation effort, but also would supply legal experts well versed in the law around UPL to guide the challenge. The upshot of this is that the LID Fund would provide insulation to its members from the risks around UPL, and assurance to their stakeholders. Simultaneously, it would support impact litigation in the legal technology space.

Third, the research: LID would be the center of a network of organizations working in legal technology and would be an organization involved in UPL challenges nationally. To that end, it would be able to provide ongoing research and policy work on the evolving state of technological innovation in the legal industry and the landscape of law surrounding the use of those technologies. [...]

So with that, this blog post officially puts out the call for willing hands to help launch this initiative: Would you support an initiative like LID? Would you take advantage of the kind of insurance that LID would offer to pursue a legal technology project or business? Do you know of an institutional supporter that would join this effort?

RR&H is seeking any and all assistance and advice as we make a push to turn this into a reality. We also intend to convene a meeting of interested parties in the near future – so get in touch by dropping a line to tim@robotandhwang.com. Keep your eyes on this space! [...]

For more details or to contact Tim, please see the complete post.

HT @RobotandHwang

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24 October: Extended deadline for JURIX 2014 Doctoral Consortium

The submission deadline has been extended to 24 October 2014 for the Doctoral Consortium at JURIX 2014: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, scheduled to be held 10 December 2014, at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Papers are invited on any of the topics described in the main conference call for papers, concerning the theory, technology, or application of artificial intelligence and law.

An award will be given to the submission featuring “the most original and groundbreaking research.”

For more details and submission instructions, please see the complete call for papers.

HT @MonicaPalmirani

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Salamanca and van Eechoud: Open Legal Data for Europe: Report on LAPSI-openlaws workshop

Olivia Salamanca and Mireille van Eechoud have posted Open Legal Data for Europe, a report on a workshop organized by openlaws.eu and LAPSI, at the University of Amsterdam, 4 September 2014.

Here is a description of the report, from a post at the openlaws site:

Open Legal Data for Europe: The EC funded openlaws.eu project and the LAPSI thematic network project joined forces for a workshop on open legal data for Europe, hosted by the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam on Sep 4 2014. About 25 participants from academia, government, business and civil society discussed what the drivers are for opening up legal data for re-use in different jurisdictions and what barriers (perceived or real) exist. The outcome of the discussion will feed into the on-going work in the LAPSI network on legal barriers to re-use, and in the vision for Big Open Legal Data that will be developed as part of Openlaws.eu. [...]

HT @openlaws

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COLPM Futures Conference 2014: Storify, links, and resources

COLPM Futures Conference 2014, the annual conference of the College of Law Practice Management, was held 16-17 October 2014 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA..

The event Website and program are available at: http://collegeoflpm.org/meetings/2014-futures-conference/

The Webcast link for the event was here.

One Twitter hashtag for the event was #colpm2014

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

Ron Dolin has posted slides of his presentation at the event, concerning recommendations for technology-based reforms to “law schools, legal clinics, law firms, courts, in-house, and legal regulatory bodies”.

For more resources related to this event, please see the comments to this post.

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Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend 2014: Results, storify, and resources

Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend was held 10-12 October 2014 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The event Website is at: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/seattle/startup-weekend/4218

The pitches made at the event are listed at: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzosvA7CYAAtFFF.jpg

The winners of the event were:

  1. Restaurant Crisis: crisiscapture.co
  2. Can I Drink Here? legaldrink.co
  3. CaseBooker: casebooker.lawyer; and Commontary: signup.commontary.co

Twitter hashtags for the event included #swlegal and #seattlelegalsw

The Twitter account for the event is @seattlelegalsw

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

Click here for a list of the organizing team members for the event.

Click here a list of other upcoming and recent legal hacking events.

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Sim et al.: The Utility of Text: The Case of Amicus Briefs and the Supreme Court

Yanchuan Sim, Bryan Routledge, and Noah A. Smith presented a paper entitled The Utility of Text: The Case of Amicus Briefs and the Supreme Court, at New Directions in Text as Data 2014, held 10-11 October 2014 at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Here is the abstract:

We explore the idea that authoring a piece of text is an act of maximizing one’s expected utility. To make this idea concrete, we consider the societally important decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. Extensive past work in quantitative political science provides a framework for empirically modeling the decisions of justices and how they relate to text. We incorporate into such a model texts authored by amici curiae (“friends of the court” separate from the litigants) who seek to weigh in on the decision, then explicitly model their goals in a random utility model. We demonstrate the benefits of this approach in improved vote prediction and the ability to perform counterfactual analysis.

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Shcherbak: Integrating Computer Science into Legal Discipline: The Rise of Legal Programming

Sergii Shcherbak of Stockholm University has posted a paper entitled Integrating Computer Science into Legal Discipline: The Rise of Legal Programming, on SSRN.

Here is the abstract:

In this paper, the complex nature of relations between law and cyberspace, and the roles of lawyers and programmers within such relations, are considered. Then, the mechanism of connecting law with cyberspace is scrutinised, and its importance is substantiated. A particular focus is on an aspect of this process — the integration of law into code, that is the reflection of legal rules in the lines of code. The author analyses the roles of lawyers and programmers within the process of connecting law with cyberspace, and underlines the importance of cooperation between these two categories of professionals within the integration of law into code. The author demonstrates that the approaches of lawyers and programmers to this integration may substantially differ, and this may affect the overall quality of this process. The main aim of this paper is finding a solution to this problem.

The author suggests the solution in the form of a new discipline — legal programming — which is a product of integrating computer science into legal discipline. Legal programming is intended to mitigate the problem by the application of a holistic approach to the integration of law into code. The proposed discipline is to be represented by legal programming experts. After considering legal programming as a discipline, the benefits of involvement of legal programming experts into the process of integrating law into code are exemplified. As a result, the main aim of this paper is achieved by determining the concept of legal programming and illustrating the benefits of its application within the integration of law into code.

HT @cottinstef

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