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LegalAIIA Workshop To Explore Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Assistance

The First International Workshop on AI and Intelligent Assistance for Legal Professionals in the Digital Workplace (LegalAIIA) will be held at the Cyberjustice Laboratory at the University of Montreal on June 17th. This workshop is part of the 17th International Conference on AI and Law (ICAIL), a biennial conference which has served as an important forum at the intersection the AI and the law since its founding in 1987.

The LegalAIIA workshop itself is an offshoot of the successful decade-long DESI (Discovery for Electronically Stored Informed) workshop series, which was pivotal in helping forge an interdisciplinary community of legal and technical practitioners working on advancing the state-of-the-art in electronic discovery practice.

The first edition of Legal AIIA, driven by an impressive set of electronic discovery veterans including Jack G. Conrad (Thomson Reuters), Jeremy Pickens (Catalyst Repository Systems), Amanda Jones (H5), Hans Henseler (Magnet Forensics), and Jason R. Baron (Drinker, Biddle & Reath), aims to tackle head on the issue of human-AI collaboration. Accepted papers will focus on evaluating when and how to best leverage a “human-in-the-loop” approach to AI. Yet, rather than assuming human-AI collaboration is always fruitful, the workshop aims to structure the dialogue around a more nuanced set of questions concerning where exactly it makes sense to integrate human expertise into AI systems, and how to best design the interaction between humans and AI to enable the greatest synergy between human and machine intelligence.

These are difficult and rewarding research questions to explore, requiring methods and insights from practitioners and researchers alike. This makes ICAIL a perfect place to hold LegalAIIA (as it was for DESI), given its interdisciplinary audience of working attorneys, legal researchers, computer science researchers, and AI providers in the legal industry.

It is also an incredibly important time to tackle these questions as the adoption of machine learning and other AI technologies has significantly transformed the work of legal professionals. While the legal field has witnessed dramatic efficiency gains through use of AI in review and analysis of digital information, general concerns over transparency and accountability of AI systems in and outside the legal field have become more salient. In this context, LegalAIIA stands to be a leading venue helping facilitate thoughtful experimentation and responsible development of AI legal applications.

In addition to the presentation and discussion of late-breaking research findings and application development, keynote talks will be delivered by Nicolas Economou (H5) on “Principles for the Trustworthy Adoption of AI in Legal Systems: the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems,” and Bennett B. Borden, Esq. (Drinker, Biddle, & Reath) on “Revolutionizing the Practice of Law through Data Science: Use Cases and Applications.”

This promises to be an exciting event and inaugural launch to a workshop series that will have a lasting impact in the legal technology space. We look forward to hearing more about the accepted papers after the event concludes.


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