ICAIL 2015 Mentoring Program announced

Professor Ted Sichelman of the University of San Diego, and Conference Chair of ICAIL 2015, scheduled to be held 8-12 June 2015 in San Diego, California, USA, sends the following information:

The International Association of Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) is offering a mentoring program for papers being submitted to its [2015] biennial ICAIL conference, the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law.

The program is intended primarily for junior authors who have not previously published an Artificial Intelligence and Law paper at a conference or in a journal. If you would like help with your submission, you may ask for a mentor ― a person who will help you with your submission to the IAAIL audience through one-on-one advising, usually via e-mail. A mentor can also familiarize you with the standards and deadlines of ICAIL submissions. Mentors are volunteers familiar with successful submissions. To request a mentor, please send email by the Mentoring Program Request Deadline to the organizers: Guido Governatori, Guido.Governatori@nicta.com.au; Burkhard Schafer, b.schafer@ed.ac.uk; and John Zeleznikow, John.Zeleznikow@vu.edu.au. Please include:

  • Your name and the names of your co-authors;
  • The name of your school (or department) and institution;
  • A plain-text description of your work (a title and abstract is a minimum requirement);
  • Any specific questions or areas in which you would like help;
  • But don’t include your draft paper.

Reasonable expectations for a mentor include the following. A mentor may be able to advise you about the most appropriate forum for your work, suggest improvements to your submission, suggest how to deal with language problems, or refer you to relevant research of which you might not have been aware. Typically, a mentor might spend 3-7 hours on a submission. We carefully match mentors to mentees, and wish to support you in developing your work into a high-quality submission with a good chance of being accepted and published.

Note the following:

  • People requesting mentoring must have a complete draft ready for the mentor to review by the Mentoring Program Paper Deadline;
  • If there is an experienced AI & Law-related researcher in your department, it is expected that you would approach her/him first;
  • No notification of mentor/mentee assignments will be made until after the Mentoring Program Paper Deadline;
  • Reviewers will not be informed of whether a paper has been mentored. That is, the fact that a paper was mentored is not considered during the paper selection process.

Important Dates

Mentoring Program Organizers

  • Guido Governatori—NICTA and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Burkhard Schafer—Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • John Zeleznikow—Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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PACER says large numbers of U.S. federal court documents are no longer available in its databases

PACER, the fee-based information service for the U.S. federal courts, announced recently that large numbers of court documents are no longer in its databases, as of August 10, 2014.

Journalist John Hawkinson, citing a source at the Second Circuit, said yesterday that the reason was a “system integration issue — didn’t prioritize backwards compatibility”.

Here is the text of the announcement, on the PACER Website:

As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit: Cases filed prior to January 1, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit: Cases filed prior to CM/ECF conversion
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: Cases filed prior to January 1, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Cases filed prior to March 1, 2012
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California: Cases filed prior to May 1, 2001

For further information please contact the court directly. Contact information for each court is available on the Court Locator page.

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

HT @adamliptak

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Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds? ILTA 2014 Program: Storify, links, and resources

A program entitled Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds? was held 21 August 2014 at ILTA 2014: International Legal Technology Association Annual Educational Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The Website for the program does not appear to have a stable, publicly available URL, but those with a username and password may be able to access the site at: http://ilta.ebiz.uapps.net/personifyebusiness/Default.aspx?productid=1795754

Here is a summary of the program, from the program’s Website:

Imagine a future of robot lawyers — real technology doing real legal work. Throughout history, the future of technology has been studied, analyzed and predicted, sometimes with shocking accuracy. We know changes are coming, but what do they mean? How will they impact the law firm structure, efficiency, client relations and the legal realm as a whole? Come hear the observations and predictions of a dynamic lineup of legal technology experts to find out.

The speakers were:

The Twitter hashtag for the program was: #SPEC18

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

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

HT @jhutschu

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Transactional legal hackathon, NYC: Code the Deal: September 19-21, 2014

Code the Deal: A Transactional Legal Tech Hackathon is scheduled to be held 19-21 September 2014 in New York City.

Here is a description from New York Legal Hackers, one of the organizers of the event:

[...] Code the Deal is a hackathon that will take place on September 19 to 21, 2014, at Dev Bootcamp‘s NYC financial district campus.

Participants will compete to create tech-enabled products that will improve transactional legal practice–tools that aid in counseling businesses through the legal and regulatory hurdles of consummating a sale or purchase. We believe that this is a huge, untapped market for entrepreneurship. Join us as we build some amazing products and compete for generous prizes.

More info at: http://codethedeal.com

Find teammates and projects at: https://www.hackerleague.org/hackathons/code-the-deal


What’s at Stake?

Grand Prize: $2500

Second Prize: $1000

Third Prize: $500


For more details, please see the event Website or the Hacker League site.

HT New York Legal Hackers

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Hagan: Applications invited for: Access to Justice Design Sprint

Margaret Hagan of Stanford University has posted Access to Justice Design Sprint, at the Program for Legal Tech + Design.

Here are excerpts from the post:

Are you a User Experience or Interface designer with an interest in public service? Do you want to use your design skills to help millions of Californians get better access to legal help? [...]

Stanford Law School & d.school are holding an Access to Justice Design Sprint — to redesign the California Courts’ official website that provides self-help resources to any Californian who wants to understand & resolve their legal problems. The website has millions of visitors every year, searching for help with their legal challenges. The Court’s staff & IT team are partnering with us to redesign how their large collection of self-help resources can be designed for more people to access, in a more user-friendly & engaging way.

We invite you to apply to join the working group of designers & legal experts that will develop new designs for the site. If you are not located in the Bay Area, we still invite you to apply to work with us remotely. [...]

To apply or for more information, please see the complete post.

HT @legaltechdesign

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LegalTech Startup Weekend San Francisco 2014: Results, storify, links, and resources

LegalTech Startup Weekend San Francisco was held August 15-17, 2014, in San Francisco, California, USA.

The event’s Website is at: http://legalsf.startupweekend.org/

The Twitter hashtag for the event was #legaltechSW

The Twitter account for the event was @LegalTech_SW

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

Here is a list of the projects presented at the event:

  • Tiny Terms
  • JDocs
  • Clozer
  • LawVideos
  • Bail Date
  • Pragmatico
  • CloudL

Preston Clark has posted a summary of the project presentations: The Pitches from #LegalTechSW (#CloudL Wins)

Here is a description of the event, from the event’s Website:

The intersection of law and technology presents unique challenges and exciting opportunities for growth and creativity. Recent years have seen a surge of answers to law’s need for innovation, such as e-discovery tools, contract generation apps, virtual firms, and websites changing the way we research. Myriad possibilities remain to integrate tech into solutions for attorneys, clients, businesses, and the government. SF LegalTech Startup Weekend will bring together legal professionals, policy geeks, programmers, and designers to disrupt the legal services market and bring it into the 21st Century – one solution at a time.’

The challenges will address:

(1) Access to justice for consumers

(2) Development and implementation of legal tech tools

  • for other industries
  • for in-house counsel
  • for law firms
  • for document/knowledge management

(3) Open-sourcing the law

(4) Legal Education

  • for more informed citizenry
  • for law school curricula


SF LegalTech SW will:

(1) Leverage the knowledge of legal professionals and students to explore new directions for legal tech products, services, and resources.

(2) Foster positive relationships among Bay Area law schools and the local tech and legal communities.

(3) Provide the opportunity for people across industries to brainstorm, collaborate, design, and develop innovative products and services to address challenges facing the legal system. [...]

Maria Zilberman has published an article about the event in The Recorder: Legal Hackathon Planners Want to Cure Industry’s ‘Pain Points’.

The event’s judges were:

The event’s organizers were:

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

HT @rightbrainlaw

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Camilleri et al.: A Controlled Natural Language for Contract-Oriented Diagrams

John J. Camilleri, Gabriele Paganelli, and Gerardo Schneider have published A CNL for Contract-Oriented Diagrams, in CNL 2014: 4th International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language, Galway, Ireland, August 20-22, 2014 (Springer, 2014).

Here is the abstract:

We present a first step towards a framework for defining and manipulating normative documents or contracts described as Contract-Oriented (C-O) Diagrams. These diagrams provide a visual representation for such texts, giving the possibility to express a signatory’s obligations, permissions and prohibitions, with or without timing constraints, as well as the penalties resulting from the non-fulfilment of a contract. This work presents a CNL for verbalising C-O Diagrams, a web-based tool allowing editing in this CNL, and another for visualising and manipulating the diagrams interactively. We then show how these proof-of-concept tools can be used by applying them to a small example.

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