Artificial Intelligence: Educating the Legal Profession

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Date & Time: November 22, 2019, 10am-4:30pm
Location: Greenberg Lounge of Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

Artificial Intelligence is already appearing in our courts and law offices.  Like any tool, automated decision systems require a degree of competence to be used responsibly.  As the legal profession increasingly interacts with and relies on artificial intelligence, it becomes increasingly important that members of the profession understand it.

At this conference, we hope to unveil two different ways to provide an introductory level of education on some of the key issues, one focusing on technical competence and statistical literacy and the other focusing on key ethical issues.  Last, we will host a discussion dedicated to the important issue of ensuring that our judiciary understands the automated decisions systems that are already appearing in both civil and criminal cases.

Lunch will be provided with registration.


10:00am-10:30am: Introductions

10:30am-12:00pm: Panel 1
Primer on AI, by Rights Over Tech

NYU Law student group Rights Over Tech (R/T) will give an introduction to algorithms and their role in the legal system. What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? How can it impact rights or the law? Come join Rights over Tech for an interactive session on what AI is and how AI can implicate legal questions and our civil and human rights. Attendees need no tech knowledge, and will first participate in a detain-release simulation to see how tech might be used in practice (risk-assessment tools for bail/sentencing). Then R/T will give a brief primer on the basics of AI and lead the group in a conversation about potential implications.

Participants: Marc Canellas (2L, NYU Law; Vice Chair, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee); Cassandra Carley (2L, NYU Law; former Fellow, Duke Center on Law and Technology); Dillon Reisman (2L, NYU Law; former Researcher, Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy); Jason Schultz (Professor, NYU School of Law)

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm: Panel 2
Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics – A Case Study

We will run a case study introducing the audience to some of the key ethical and policy issues that AI poses for the legal community.  Included in the discussion will be how these issues interact with the rules of professional conduct.

Participants: Chloe Bakalar (Professor of Political Science, Temple University; Visiting Research Collaborator, Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy); Erin Miller (Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago School of Law)

2:30pm-4:00pm: Panel 3
Educating the Judiciary

How are judges currently educated on AI issues?  How can we ensure that, going forward, judges are competent to understand automated decision systems, ensure they are deployed appropriately during litigation, and monitor parties' use of these technologies in their cases.

Moderator: Arthur Miller (Professor, NYU)

Panelists: Benes Aldana, (President, National Judicial College); Dana K. Chipman, (Director of Education, Federal Judicial Center; former Judge Advocate General, United States Army); Nicolas Economou (Founder and Chief Executive, H5); Katherine Forrest (Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore; former United States District Judge, Southern District of New York)

4:00pm-4:30pm: Concluding Remarks

Up to 4.5 CLE credits, appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys, will be available.  For CLE materials, click here.