LegalAnalyticsCourse.com — Now Online (but still in beta)

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 7.08.47 PMThis intro class is designed to train students to efficiently manage, collect, explore, analyze, and communicate in a legal profession that is increasingly being driven by data.

Our goal is to imbue our students with the capability to understand the process of extracting actionable knowledge from data, to distinguish themselves in legal proceedings involving data or analysis, and assist in firm and in-house management, including billing, case forecasting, process improvement, resource management, and financial operations.

This course assumes prior knowledge of statistics, such as might be obtained in Quantitative Methods for Lawyers or through advanced undergraduate curricula.  This class is not for everyone; for many, it will prove to be challenging.  With that warning, we encourage you to consider your interest and career aspirations against the unique experience and value of this class.  To our knowledge, this is the only existing class that teaches these quantitative skills to lawyers and law students. 

Still in beta – we will be adding much more to this site as we move forward!

Supercharging Patent Lawyers With AI (via IEEE Spectrum)

In my recent article, Quantitative Legal Prediction – or – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Preparing for the Data Driven Future of the Legal Services Industry 62 Emory Law Journal 909 (2013), I discuss how companies like Lex Machina are creating a more efficient and data driven legal industry.  Next semester at MSU Law, Michael Bommarito and I will co-teach a course called “Legal Analytics.”  This is a follow on the introductory course that I teach called “Quantitative Methods for Lawyers.”  In Legal Analytics, students will be exposed to cutting edge predictive analytics approaches such as machine learning, natural language processing, network science, etc.  Students will apply their skills on real datasets that are available from published papers or from some our industry partners.  Thus, the course will mix theory with practical applications useful for the practice of law as we move forward into the 21st Century.

Thoughts on Legal Prediction and Legal Metrics – Association of Corporate Counsel / Huron Consulting Meeting for Corporate Law Department Operations

Legal Week Strategic Technology Forum

Today I have the pleasure of serving as the Keynote Speaker at LegalWeek Strategic Technology Forum at the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte just outside of Rome.  This is a very intimate gathering of the managing partners and/or chief technology officers of the some of the world’s largest law firms.  Participating law firms include but are not limited to:  Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells, Ashurst, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bird & Bird, Irwin Mitchell, Charles Russell, Herbert Smith Freehills, RPC, DAC Beachcroft, AKD, DWF, Lewis Silkin, Nabarro, SJ Berwin, Taylor Wessing, Trowers & Hamlins, Mayer Brown, Al Tamimi & Company, Thrings, CMS Derks Star Busmann, CMS Hasche Sigle, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, Fidal, Kromann Reumert, Latham & Watkins, Leigh Day & Co, Osborne Clarke, Perkins Coie, Pinsent Masons, Riverview Law, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Workshop “Network Analysis in Law” @ International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law – Rome 2013

This Workshop builds upon the “Network Analysis and the Law” Tutorial that Mike Bommarito and I ran at Jurix 2011 in Vienna.

It was a great honor to be an organizer for both the overall Artificial Intelligence and Law 2013 Conference as well as the Network Analysis and Law workshop.

Looking forward to great week of rigorous technical papers at Artificial Intelligence and Law 2013 in Rome in early June!

Partner Seeking Help On E-Discovery – or – Why it is a Good Idea to Learn Something About E-Discovery Before You Commit Malpractice

This semester here at Michigan State University College of Law, I am team teaching E-Discovery together with my colleague Adam Candeub. For a number of reasons, I enjoyed this video as it highlights the real gap in knowledge that exists between the tech infused Lawyer for the 21st Century and everyone else. The future belongs to the former and the time to acquire those skills is now!