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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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Thursday, January 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Machine Learning for Access to Justice: Digital Legal Needs Analysis + Tools

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This session will present the Learned Hands project, which is building models and classifiers of how people talk about their legal problems in order to develop access to justice tools and conduct legal needs research. The presentation will demonstrate the labeling game Learned Hands, the classifiers that have been built using the learned data, and the next version of the National Subject Matter Index (NSMI v2) taxonomy tool. The technology demos in this session will be useful for people building chatbots, web platforms, and other digital tools. The presentation will also include discussion of governance and ethics of the datasets and tools, with audience discussion about coordinated strategies to best balance AI innovations with client and public protection.

Speakers
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Lester Bird

Principal Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Lester Bird is a Principal Associate for the Civil Legal System Modernization team for the Pew Charitable Trusts where he focuses on bringing attention to online legal information portals and developing next-generation portal features. His current work with the Legal Navigator project... Read More →
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Margaret Hagan

Director, Stanford Legal Design Lab
Margaret Hagan is the Director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University, as well as lecturer in the Institute of Design (the ct.school). She is a lawyer, and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a DPhil from Queen's University Belfast, an MA from Central European University... Read More →
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David Colarusso

Director, Legal Innovation & Tech Lab, Suffolk University Law School
David Colarusso is the founding Director of Suffolk University Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab. An attorney and educator by training, he has worked as a public defender, data scientist, software engineer, and high school physics teacher. He is the author of... Read More →


Thursday January 16, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am PST
Atrium Ballroom Plaza Level