The Legal Services Corporation’s 2020 Innovations in Technology Conference is being held January 15-17 at the Portland Hilton Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204 . All attendees must register using the conference registration website.
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Wednesday, January 15 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
The Computer Did It – Automation, Evaluation, and the Creation of National Justice Index Standards

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Algorithmic decision-making has enormous potential to help vulnerable people in our society. By reducing the role of human decision-makers, Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to increase efficiencies, reduce biases, and simplify processes. States want AI to decide eligibility for Medicaid, public housing, SNAP benefits, and more. But, with all this promise and potential, why are we seeing litigation challenging automated decision-making in Arkansas, Colorado, Michigan, New York and other states? The lawsuits are contesting applications that have gone awry with erroneous outcomes, embedded biases, and wrongful findings of fraud, and are insisting, among other things, that government adjust processes and standards, and re-do adverse decisions. AI applications are going awry with erroneous decisions, embedded biases, wrongful findings of fraud, and requirements to re-do decisions. Will AI systems, including portals and online dispute resolution, work as hoped? Due process, equal protection, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and statutory challenges are proceeding against AI models, and are on the rise. What are the consequences of saying to ourselves and to others “the computer did it”? Our community needs advocacy tools, including national standards, to hold government, tech firms, and other powerful interests, accountable to the rule of law. We must preserve the rights of people against the new tyranny of presumptions of accuracy. Join this group conversation about the promise, the perils, and the national standards that are defining the entry of AI into the justice sphere.

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David Udell

Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
David Udell is Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a research and policy organization based at Fordham Law School that relies on data and advocacy to build a more just and equitable society. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including... Read More →
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Supervising Attorney, Unemployment Compensation Unit, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Julia is the supervising attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment matters. She has represented more than 800 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing impact unemployment... Read More →

͍de Gulotta

Komenge Consulting, Partner & Chief Knowledge Officer
Íde Gulotta is a partner at Kōmĕngé LLC organizational consulting offering planning, evaluation, technology, and coaching services. Íde Gulotta has an undergraduate education focusing on philosophy of mathematics, logical systems, systematic methodology, and computer science... Read More →
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David Curle

Director, Enterprise Content - Technology and Innovation, Thomson Reuters
David supports Thomson Reuters’ Legal business with research and thought leadership about the legal technology and innovation ecosystem, and the changing legal services industry. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2013, he led coverage of the global legal information market for... Read More →

Wednesday January 15, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
Galleria - North Ballroom Level