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. [...]
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Tagged Big Open Legal Data, Chris Marsden, Free access to law, LAPSI, Law as data, Legal open data, Legislation as data, Mireille M. M. van Eechoud, Mireille van Eechoud, Olivia Salamanca, Open legal data, OpenLaws, OpenLaws.eu, Public access to legal information
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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Tagged COLPM, COLPM 2014, COLPM Futures Conference, COLPM Futures Conference 2014, Law practices technology, Legal informatics conference, Ron Dolin
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Tagged Access to justice and technology, Dan Lear, Law practice technology, Legal casebooks, Legal compliance information systems, Legal hacking events, Legal information services, Legal startups, Legal textbooks, Online legal information services, Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend, Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend 2014, Technology and access to justice
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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Tagged Amicus briefs, Bayesian models in quantitative legal prediction, Bryan Routledge, Court information systems, Econometric models in legal informatics, Judicial information systems, Legal text processing, Modeling goals of amici curiae, Modeling judicial decisions, Natural language processing and law, NDTAD, NDTAD 2014, New Directions in Text as Data, New Directions in Text as Data 2014, Noah A. Smith, Noah Smith, Predicting court decisions, Predicting judicial decisions, Quantitative legal prediction, Statistical methods in legal informatics, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Utility maximization models and legal informatics, Yanchuan Sim
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.
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Tagged Computer science and law, Computer science in legal education, Law and computer science, Legal educational reform, Legal informatics, Legal programming, Modeling legal rules, Sergii Shcherbak, Software programming in legal education, SSRN, Technology in legal education