Joe Davis has graciously allowed us to cross-post his recent compendium of ILTA content on artificial intelligence. So, don’t miss this second opportunity to catch up on some of the latest thinking on this hot topic. Ed.
OK, so Watson won “Jeopardy!” back in 2011. That’s ancient history in technology years. ILTA provides a wealth of programming about the current state of affairs in Artificial Intelligence that will benefit law firms and corporate legal departments. In the future, I’m sure we’ll have a bot to curate all this content for us. In the meantime, below is a sampling of some of ILTA’s best AI-related content from ILTACON, Insight, webinars, white papers and Peer To Peer.
Beyond the Hype: Artificial Intelligence in Legal Research
This webinar, sponsored by ROSS Intelligence, features ROSS CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda discussing how the company was born out of a desire to get from questions to answers more quickly. He points out that even though AI is still in its “Model T phase,” the Model T still beat the horse in many ways. Bill Caraher from von Briesen & Roper talks about what made his firm interested in the technology, and shares with moderator Beth Patterson the kind of firm culture that is required for this technology to catch on. Be sure to listen for the last question to hear about how ROSS is practical for small firms, solo attorneys and pro bono work.
Nothing To Fear: How Artificial Intelligence Can Benefit Law Firms
Peter Wallqvist of RAVN Systems offers this solo take on AI, including a look at which kinds of AI RAVN and other AI companies focus on. This webinar offers the most in-depth explanation of AI on this list, so be prepared for an academic, but very thorough, treatment of the subject.
Reframing the AI Question in Law by John Alber
ILTA Futurist and retired Bryan Cave partner John Alber makes the case that the legal world should focus on using AI (and technology in general) to improve its service model. Tame Regulatory
Chaos with Cognitive Technologies by Eric Laughlin
Sanctions for improperly managed compliance requirements cost corporations more than $20 billion per year. Author Eric Laughlin of Thomson Reuters offers a perspective on using AI to manage regulatory complexities.
When Machine Intelligence Joins Your Professional Services Team by Mark Noel
Mark Noel of Catalyst Repository Systems provides a good introduction to the advantages of using Technology Assisted Review (TAR) as part of your e-discovery process.
Artificial Intelligence Systems and the Law by Andrew Arruda
ROSS Intelligence CEO/co-founder Andrew Arruda offers a primer on the different categories of AI, along with a brief introduction to the ROSS platform. Also included in this article are 10 predictions excerpted from a 2014 ABA Journal article by Paul Lippe and Daniel Martin Katz about the way Watson will affect the legal profession.
The Exponential Law Firm: Unlocking the Growth Potential of AI and Disruptive Thinking
Technology isn’t necessarily the key to being exponential, according to Fast Future’s Rohit Talwar. In this session from Insight 2016, Talwar talks about how the legal profession needs to focus on three things: what is vital in the next 12 months, where innovation will come from in the next 3 years, and the an “early warning system.” Overall, he is confident that “there has never been more opportunity for the legal sector than there is being created by science and technology today.”
Legal Innovation: More Than Just Artificial Intelligence
As the name implies, this Insight 2016 panel session is about more than just AI. Panelist Jan Van Hoecke, CTO and Co-Founder of RAVN Systems, outlines the challenges to innovation and discusses a case study in which the risk and compliance department of a top-50 financial services company leverages AI to reduce its risk. Could this be a potential new line of business for law firms?
Choosing the Right Artificial Intelligence for the Job
Panelists Sylvia Leblanc, Dera Nevin, Noah Waisberg, Julian Tsisin and Peter Wallqvist cover a lot of ground in this ILTACON session, including weak vs. strong AI, the trailer for the film Morgan, getting rid of “the ugly bits of lawyering” and Sharknado. One conclusion: it is rocket science. Tip: check out this video and this follow-up before listening to the session.
The State of Play of Artificial Intelligence in Law?
Michael Mills of Neota Logic discusses the current state of affairs and the players within the Legal AI space. Be sure to take a look at his slide deck, which contains some useful diagrams.
Face Your Fears: Embracing Change in the Legal Environment
Consultant Ann Gorr leads this panel featuring Dennis Garcia from Microsoft, Matt Blaine from Davison Eastman & Munoz, and Jim Merrifield from Robinson Cole in a lively discussion on “how to be a grown up law firm.” Along the way, they cover “conversation as a platform,” augmented reality, driverless cars and Pittsburgh vs. Scranton. Two resources mentioned in this session: Klaus Schwab’s The Fourth Industrial Revolution and UC Hastings’ Disruptive Innovation: New Models of Legal Practice.
Grading Susskind: The State of Legal 20 Years After the “Future of Law”
While these panelists probably shouldn’t give up their day jobs to pursue a career in comedy, they do get credit for putting together a creative alternative to the standard panel discussion. In the style of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, this session evaluates the predictions Richard Susskind made 20 years ago in his book The Future of Law. Host Ryan McClead of HighQ (now with Neota Logic) and panelists Susan Hackett of Legal Executive Leadership, Sam Nickless of Gilbert + Tobin and Dan Lear of Avvo discuss the present and future of legal technology. You’ll also learn what three lawyers and three MBAs on a train, two lions, and one elephant may or may not have to do with the founding of the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Mutual Challenges and Successes: A Large Firms Discussion Forum
This session, moderated by Tim Golden of McGuire Woods, features three CIOs from large firms (Doug Caddell of Mayer Brown, Ash Banerjee of Hogan Lovells and Curt Meltzer of Chadbourne and Parke) covering a variety of issues that pertain to large firms. The discussion turns to AI at the 17-minute mark.
Using the Right Data To Drive Your KM Program
Kingsley Martin and Karl Haraldsson examine the journey from Profiling to Search to Analytics to Predictive Coding and Machine/Deep Learning. This session starts with a strategic view, but includes some very tactical ways to start quantifying legal practice. Highlights include “don’t start with the Death Star,” “If I knew… I would do…”, buying a car (in four acts) and insight into the importance of data visualization.
IBM’s Kyla Moran offers a broad perspective on Watson. While this ILTACON session is light on legal-specific applications, it does offer insight into how Watson works. Ginevra Saylor, National Director of Knowledge Management for Dentons, asks some interesting questions as moderator, including why the other Jeopardy contestants were able to answer any questions at all.